2006 Chevy Malibu Radio Drains Battery & Now Locked


Asked by Jun 20, 2014 at 08:05 AM about the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

About 4 yrs ago, my Son called me and said battery was dead in 2006 Chevy Malibu. and that the weird thing was CD player was spinning with the car shut off. Jumped battery but had to take out radio fuse because when shut off, radio would still run! Took it to the dealer and they wanted 500.00 dollars to fix the thing!!! No way I am paying that. Long story short put fuse back in Radio plays for 30 seconds then shows "LOCKED" Why oh why is my Malibu radio draining my battery and running when car is off? I haven't had a radio for four years because of this "electrical problem" and NO WAY can I afford 500.00! Anyone help out there?

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It could be your igintion swicth itself.

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The ignition switch has to do with the radio? And is there any way to test that myself or do I have to pay a garage to check the electrical system? I also can't use the lighter or phone charger because of this stupid problem. On top of it all there is no way to get the code for it but to go to the dealer I heard since it is an anti theft radio.

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Well if radio stay,s on constantly,it is fired by the igintion,there are two wires,that are hot for radio,yellow memory,Stays hot,and red wire that is controlled by your igintion,if radio stay,s on,that red lead,s to your igintion,just wanted you to know i had this problem,eating battery,s radio not going off,you know what it was a 2005 chevy malibu belong.s to my sister,i had to think a little and change stuff that i did not need to.Now that said,To check the igintion would be my best advice.Good luck with it.


And as far as, your radio locked,you can google it,there are master code,s to bring your radio from being locked.After you find this problem.

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