98 VW Cabrio - Radio Replacement - Speakers quit after 5 seconds

Asked by Apr 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM about the 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio 2 Dr GL Convertible

Question type: General

I replaced the radio with an AIWA. Radio is powered. It receives a tremendous amount of stations, the problem is the speakers stopped working. I checked everything and a the connections are solid, the wires intact. There's not even background noise. It's almost as if theres some hidden switch not allowing the speakers to connect. Any ideas?

2 Answers

4,825

Make sure you have a proper ground...big requirement there...especially if the amp inside the radio is hi-power. Second, get an old speaker and some wire and make a tester. Check the output of the radio at the rear splices. If you have to remove the radio to test it...be sure to run a temporary ground wire from radio chassis to the car's body somewhere... um...might wanna get more wire. PS. Don't power up the radio until you have the tester connected...and make sure the volume is turned way down at first. Good luck.

Scott - thanks for the answer, been out-of-town on business. I'll give the ground wire a shot.

Your Answer

Volkswagen Cabrio Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,590
  • #2
    Mike Bonnell
    Reputation
    1,230
  • #3
    Fkpeach
    Reputation
    830
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Beetle
224 Great Deals out of 7,514 listings starting at $1,000
Used Volkswagen GTI
135 Great Deals out of 8,605 listings starting at $2,400
Used Volkswagen Jetta
562 Great Deals out of 35,640 listings starting at $1,100
Used Volkswagen Golf
97 Great Deals out of 5,089 listings starting at $1,495
Used Volkswagen Passat
396 Great Deals out of 20,249 listings starting at $1,477
Used Jeep Wrangler
308 Great Deals out of 16,184 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota 4Runner
291 Great Deals out of 21,604 listings starting at $1,750
Used Honda Civic
786 Great Deals out of 72,328 listings starting at $1,350
Used Mazda MX-5 Miata
73 Great Deals out of 4,377 listings starting at $2,900

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.