2013 Passat with a Dead Radio

Asked by Nov 02, 2019 at 07:27 PM about the 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

After an "accident" with some water on the face of the radio it is dead as can
be.  No radio, no CD action and no indication of life. When this happened I
was told that the instrument cluster flashed wildly for a moment and the
amplifier started producing a loud, roaring static through the sound system.  
By the time I arrived on the scene and started the car the roaring had ceased
and the car functioned normally in all aspects we could test except for the
radio not functioning at all.  We have removed the radio and checked the
fuse on the backside (15 amp) with a meter and it is good.  There is power to
the plug that fits into the back of the radio although I am assuming that
voltages of slightly less than 12V (11.36) are what is expected.  Other fuses
in the car have been checked and they also pass the meter test so we are at
a loss for what is the issue other than the initial accident shorted something
on an interior circuit board and 86'ed the unit.  BTW, the Bluetooth symbol
appears in the instrument cluster so I guess that means that the BT module
is at least indicating that it is there and alive.  Any suggestions or other fuses
to check would be appreciated.  Thanks.

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