Common Reasons the Radio in Your Vehicle Just Quit

Whether you like to listen to the news or crank up the tunes, the audio system in your Subaru is a great convenience feature. If it stops working, it can be pretty frustrating. However, your audio system might just give you some hints as to what's wrong. At Subaru Superstore of Chandler, we work hard to help you learn about your Subaru; below, you can find four of the main symptoms a failing audio system might exhibit, as well as what might be causing them.

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4. The Radio Doesn't Work, but the CD/AUX Do

If you're listening to the radio and the sound cuts out, try switching to a CD or auxiliary input. If you can still hear music this way, something is most likely keeping your radio from being able to receive a signal. The radio tuner may have gone bad, or there may be trouble with the antenna. Antenna problems are more common in older vehicles with non-integrated antennas, but they can still crop up on newer cars.

A variety of audio components for a car's audio system.

3. Decreased Sound Quality

Your Subaru is equipped with impressive speakers, so it can be quite jarring if the sound quality suddenly becomes tinny, muffled, unbalanced, or crackly. When this happens, the most likely cause is a speaker or other physical component of the audio system that has gone bad. The best way to fix this is to replace the speaker entirely. While you're at it, this is a great time to consider upgrading to a newer audio system.

A view of the fuse box in a vehicle.

2. The Sound Cuts In and Out

This is a particularly puzzling one. The entire audio system may suddenly stop working . . . only to start up again a minute or two later. While there are other possible causes (including loose wiring), the likely culprit behind this one is a bad amplifier. This component increases the power that goes to your car's audio system, and it can be damaged (and threaten your vehicle) if it overheats. In order to prevent such damage, the amp will automatically shut down when it gets too hot. Once it cools down sufficiently, it will turn itself back on again. An amplifier that continues to overheat should be replaced.

1. The System Stops Working Entirely

Sometimes the entire audio system will shut down and won't turn back on again. The solution to this problem may be as simple as replacing a blown fuse. If replacing the fuse works, and the audio system continues to work well, you may be in luck! But if the fuse blows again, your car may have deeper electrical problems that will require an expert technician to diagnose and fix.

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