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Just purchased an 03 OBW. The stereo didn't work in it, so I replaced the head unit, but still no sound. Do the speaker wires go directly from the head unit to the speakers on these cars, or do they go through some kind of amp somewhere?
Just seems weird that all 4 speakers would be bad, but I suppose it's possible. And yes the radio was tuned to a local station and turned up all the way :D No hiss, pop, static, or any kind of sound at all. Hope it's not a wiring issue:gasp:
 

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More than one stereo offered in 03, and at least one of them did use an outboard amp. The other models are direct-wired.
 

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I'll just have to check continuity between my speaker wires and the stereo, when I get a chance.
 

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Silly question but have you checked the doors for speakers? I've bought more than one that someone had removed them. Suspect they'd probably installed aftermarkets and didn't want to sell the car with them.

VOM will make quick work of it.
 

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Silly question but have you checked the doors for speakers? I've bought more than one that someone had removed them. Suspect they'd probably installed aftermarkets and didn't want to sell the car with them.

VOM will make quick work of it.
Funny you say that. I thought the same thing after changing the HU and still no sound, but the speakers are there (checked driver door only). Looks dirty and stock like a 10 year old Subaru would....lol

Hope to have time tomorrow to investigate further.
 

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With a used car, you may want to inspect the speakers and see what sort of condition they are in. Back in college, when I bough a used Civic, I didn't found out until I had it several weeks that 2 of the 4 speakers were blown and one was in the process of tearing.

4 new Sony X-Plode speakers and a Saturday morning in a friends driveway later and the stereo sounded worlds better.
 

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Thank you CarDoc. I will look at it when I get a chance. This being just a base model that had a single DIN am/fm CD player, I'm leanign toward no amp, but will check it out. Thank you.
 

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Thank you CarDoc. I will look at it when I get a chance. This being just a base model that had a single DIN am/fm CD player, I'm leanign toward no amp, but will check it out. Thank you.
Unless someone spent a ton of time and cash to install a McIntosh system, yours wouldn't have it. It was only in the top if the line VDC H6 models.
 

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It's gotta be bad speakers. Hope to have time and no rain/snow tomorrow to check it out. I really doubt all the wiring would be bad, plus the dash looks like it was never apart, till I did it.
 

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did you try a CD or just radio?
Yea, it sounds like the antenna was not connected/broken. Try other audio options you have to see if it's just the radio. I suppose it could also be a fuse, but the antenna is my first guess. If you have a spare speaker you could always run a quick test straight to the head unit first, almost any speaker would do for the test just make sure the volume is low. If the speaker works on the radio, hook it up to the wire from the one in the door. Quick and easy. Please make sure the radio is off (key out) when connecting/disconnecting.
 

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It was the speakers. Put 2 new ones in the door and voila sound. Now I gotta do the rears doors :D Thanks everyone for the help
 

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Good to know it's the speakers. I am having the exact same issue and after replacing the radio itself, still no sound :(
Like you, I never suspected that all the speakers would be bad!
 

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Physically the speakers looked fine, just dirty, but I guess they're cheaply made.
 

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Good to know it's the speakers. I am having the exact same issue and after replacing the radio itself, still no sound :(
Like you, I never suspected that all the speakers would be bad!
Like many of us apparently.

I guess if someone were to trash the sound system I could see this happening. Most HU split the sound but if a speaker dies the power that was going to 4 is now going to 3. Say you lose one of those, well now the same power that was going to 4 is now going to 2. The speakers get overpowered and fail much quicker. Soon all 4 are blown.
 
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