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Speakers cutting out intermittently - Not satellite radio

Hello all, I have a problem with the stereo in my 09 challenger that I just bought.

I can be listening to the radio, or a cd, and out of no where the speakers will all go silent. Not even the beep of using the touch screen makes a sound. Then a random amount of time will pass and the sound will come back on its own. I have tried turning the head unit off and back on, changing sources, neither works.. The only thing that I have tried and had it work once was pulling over, shutting off the car, and then starting it back up. That made the speakers come to life again.

At first I thought the amp might be getting hot. But no. Yesterday it was 36 degrees outside, and I started the car, and the speakers cut out before I left the driveway. There was no way the amp got hot in that amount of time.

I was hoping that maybe this was a common issue in this year of challenger, or make of radio, but I haven't seen anyone online having this issue that isn't related to satellite radio.

Btw, its the Kicker "livin loud" system I believe (has a kicker sub in the trunk). ANY help would be awesome. I REALLY don't want to have to pay the dealer to sort it out.
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It sounds to me like something internal to the head unit. Do the basics first - pull it and double check all the connectors, make sure all the pins are seated solid and connectors are properly connected. make sure there are no crimped wires, etc.

I would also check the same things on the amp. I've never had the need to find mine but I think they are in the drivers side kick panel. I'm sure someone on here knows for sure.

If you've done any electrical add-ons check the fuse box and make sure all you're fuses are seated properly.

Does gently hitting the dash near the stereo cause any change?


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id be pissed at the ass that sold me a car with a faulty radio...

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My car has been doing the same thing for the past two weeks also. Like you said, I pulled over and restarted the car and it worked once. I also noticed that my nav is froze in one location. It shows that I am driving in circles at the same location while driving on the highway.

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Definitely sounds like the head unit. If it's under warranty still, this is a warranty issue and I'd give it over to a dealership. If you're out of bumper to bumper warranty based on mileage or original sale date, then I'd look into replacing the head unit. You can either go aftermarket or try to find a replacement at a pick and pull. Pick and pull would be cheapest. You can also watch the classifieds here and elsewhere for a replacement. All the factory head units are very expensive new. If it came to that, you'd probably want to go aftermarket.

If you just bought it, and you did so through a dodge dealer, take it to them and see if they'll work with you on it. Start by seeing if they'll fix it free. If not, they might at least work with you on repair cost. A lot of dealers have a no fault 30-60 day warranty. Some even have a 30-60 day return policy. You could threaten to return it entirely if they don't help you with this. It's not going to be a cheap fix. If you bought it private party or from a non-dodge dealer you're probably SOL on that option.

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