Identifying and Managing Car Audio Problems, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic issues that may take place in your car audio system and how to remedy them. Whether due to a stock system that’s wearing down or an aftermarket upgrade from another company that wasn’t done too well, there are a few such issues that may arise.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re here to help. We provide a wide variety of car audio system services, from high-quality parts that won’t have issues to experienced pros who will offer expertise on how to use and tune your system properly for optimal lifespan. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll dig specifically into speaker issues that may arise, plus the steps you should take to get to the bottom of them and remedy the concerns.

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Testing Audio Input Channels

If you’re not getting sound from your speakers, the first thing you should think about before proceeding to more in-depth potential fixes is your audio inputs. Most vehicles, especially modern ones, will have several different audio inputs, including the radio, CD player, AUX, plus several potential Bluetooth or other media channels as well.

You’d be surprised how many of our clients think they have a stereo issue, only to realize they were set to the wrong audio input channel. Test each channel first – if you don’t get sound from a single one, you know there’s a bigger problem at hand.

Check Head Unit

In other cases, the problem could be due to settings on the head unit that have been altered for some reason. We’re talking about things like the balance levels, fade or pan settings and even the default volume, which can be changed on most head units. Before moving to issues of wiring or others that might involve taking apart components, make sure your settings haven’t been changed at some point.

Wiring Issues

If neither of the above issues is the culprit and you still have no sound, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a disconnected or broken wire, or an issue with the amplifier connection due to similar concerns. If you feel you’re capable of doing so safely, one simple way of testing this is running a temporary speaker wire from the head unit directly to the speaker – if it still doesn’t work, this will tell you it’s not a wiring problem, but rather something with the speaker itself.

If you’re unsure you can perform this task safely and properly, call our team for basic tests of your speakers and other potential issues.

For more on common car audio problems and how to remedy them, or to learn about our car audio installations, window tinting or other automotive upgrades, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.