why wont my car radio work?

Asked by Nov 17, 2015 at 02:26 PM about the 2006 Honda Accord LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i had to mess with the wire on my battery to start my car. after messing with it
my radio stopped working. i checked the fuse and the fuse is good.

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Do you have a wire going from the battery positive directly to the radio? If so check and see if it was disconnected or damaged and clean the battery connections while you are at it.

i cleaned the terminal wire and disconnected the battery for a bit and still doesnt work

no the radio is a factory radio

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Do you get anything at all when you turn the radio power on? I am assuming the display is digital so you should see numbers or some kind of message when you push the power button ON. If you see anything on the display you probably need the Radio Activation code numbers to enter into the radio and you can usually get those on line by googling it. If the screen is completely blank, you have no power at all to the radio so you need to find where the power loss is. Start at the battery terminal to look and see if there is a smaller wire on the terminal, and where it goes to. There are usually some type of secondary or add on wires at the battery terminals and many of these have an inline fuse which may be blown, but since you say the radio is factory that is probably not your problem but should check for that anyway. Next check all your fuses with an inexpensive fuse tester or 12 volt power probe and make sure you have power on both sides of all fuses. Don't just check the fuses marked RADIO, because on many cars there are accessories that are fed power from more than 1 fuse, and if 1 of them are dead/blown those accessories will not work so it is important. Many cars will not have the multiple fuses marked as exactly what they power so that is why you should check all fuses. Let us know how you make out.

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