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5/05/2003
17:58:25

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The stock radio turns off intermittently. It
comes back on when I turn the power switch off
and on. Sometimes I have to turn the power off
and on several times. Sometimes it just won't
come on at all. Then sometimes the next time I
drive it the radio works again. The clock part
still works, but the radio just won't turn on
sometimes. It seems to be affected by the
temperature/weather. Sometimes it always works,
then later it intermittently turns off the radio.

I thought about trying to take it out and look at
it, maybe clean the switch, but it looks terribly
difficult to remove.

It seems that whenever something goes wrong with
my truck, it has happened to many other people
who have the same truck. Has this happened to
anyone else out there?

Can someone explain hot to remove the radio?

Anyone know how to fix this?

I love my truck.

JB in Texas





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5/06/2003
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same here i have a 92. if it's cold the dam thing will not turn on. i found that if you crank the vol to max it will turn on almost all the time. as for a long term fix, i'm buying a new deck.



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7/09/2003
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It's a bad capacitor in the head unit. c57 i believe. it's not just in the dodge, it's all chrsler produts. I used to fixed them for a radio repair shop and we would get 2 or 3 of them in a day.



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7/13/2003
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My '93 did the same thing I junked it and went aftermarket, now my '01 QC is freaking out its still under warranty and they say they will replace it but thinking about going after market with it also. Just worried about the factory amp and all the other stuff that goes with it on the QC.



Jim Oplinger
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4/24/2004
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WOW! I came to this site looking for an answer to this same question. I am having the exact problems with my 2001 Dakota. The radio started going bad about 2 weeks ago and it comes and goes intermittantly. I have already replaced the factory deck with a nice Kenwood Excelon KDC-XC579. But this HAS NOT fixed the problem gentlemen. I hooked up the entire new unit and followed the wiring diagram exactly how it is laid out. I double and triple checked the wiring hookup. I have full functionality of the head unit, but no sound at all. I am thinking at this point that it may be the factory amp that is going bad. But I'm open to suggestions for possible solutions here. I'd like to take a fairly non-expensive approach to solving this problem. I've already dumped $250 into it and it isn't fixed. So, if anyone can hook me up with a website that has used amps for a 2001 Dakota, let me know. I'd appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Jim Oplinger
Lancaster, PA



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4/27/2004
18:17:02

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From the sounds of it Iím guessing that you have the Infinity system. Sounds like the factory radio was going bad. You said that you have full functionality with no sound after you changed the head unit. First did this fix the problem with the radio coming and going. Iím guessing from how you stated everything, it did, but now there isnít any sound at all. Iím sure you did but make sure you hooked up the external amp turn on wire. I had this same problem (no sound) until I connected it up. Your head unit still needs to tell the amp when to turn on. Just my $0.02



Jim Oplinger
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4/27/2004
22:21:19

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DJ,
You're $.02 count bro! I have since resolved the problem that you were so kind to reply to here. As it turns out, you are correct in saying that I did not have the external amp turn on wire hooked up correctly. I hooked the wrong wire up to the power antenna wire (blue) on the wiring harness. I had the blue wire on my new deck which was only the power antenna hooked up, when I should have had the blue wire with the white stripe (amp feed I think) hooked to it instead. So all is well and I appreciate the help.

I have to say that this is one of the best websites I have ever participated in. The willingness to help each other in this community is amazing. Keep up the energy and positive vibe. Dakotas Rock!!!

Jim Oplinger
Lancaster, PA



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5/05/2004
09:42:30

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wow, i never suspected that so many others had the same problem that i'm having with the radio in my dakota. the power must be turned on and off several times for it to finally stay on. i took the radio out and plan to replace it this weekend. i'll let you know how it turns out.




Cliff
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5/20/2004
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My 2002 Dakota is doing the same thing. Is this covered by the warranty?



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1/25/2005
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Im on my 2nd factory radio. Both have quit in the same way. First they would intermittantly lose complete power and come back on, almost like a thermal switch was kicking on and off.Then it quit all together, no power to the radio at all. I have a radio with cd player built in. Is it the radio going bad or a power spike, im at a loss here I don't want to buy another radio.Is the amp separate from the radio and could this be the problem.



Jim Oplinger
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1/25/2005
23:13:14

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Hey Ken,
A couple of things.......

I suggest that you scrap the idea of running a factory head unit in your Dakota. I wound up replacing mine and after some minor wiring snafu's, it has been running smooth ever since. As far as ripping out your old deck, visit the website that I posted below for a full step by step process of how to get your old deck out. This website charges you a couple of bucks for the plans, but it is well worth it and very easy to follow. I did it and it was a sinch. Good luck to you!

http://www.dodgedakota.net/boards/aud/1752.html

Sincerely,
Jim Oplinger



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2/12/2005
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Hey. I'm a tech at a GM dealer, and have a '00 Dakota here with a radio problem. Not sure how it behaved before, but as of now it won't even turn on, or so much as show a clock display. Pulled the unit from the dash, and the gray terminal was unpluged. Pluged it back up and the heat sink on the side started getting hot in a hurry... It would really help to have a wiring diagram. Anyone know where to find one?



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1/28/2007
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I have a 93 Dakota and i am puting an aftermarket stereo in it and i am haveing problems on what wires go where. I know them to my deck but not the wires coming from my truck. If you know the wire colors for the audio are what in a 93 Dakota will u please tell me?

Drew Banister
Bliss,ID



ch
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2/08/2007
12:37:28

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This much I know.
Orange = Dimmer Switch
Pink = Clock Memory (12v always hot)
Black/Y = Ground
Red/W = Power (12v when ignition is turned)

Speakers ?



Edsell Thorne
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2/26/2007
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radio would play a few seconds and stop,won't hardly come on at all now,I have tried 2 radio's and they do like mine,someone said it might be the amp.do you think it is? I found the amp.does it have another screw besides the 2 at the bottom?thanks if you can help.



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3/05/2007
10:37:26

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How many bolts hold the radio amp on,on a 2002 dodge dakota????



Kyle Heinecke
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3/14/2007
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i have a 1993 with the same problem mine isnt that bad but if it gets worse im going to replace the whole radio it looks pretty easy you only have to pull one piece of dash plastic and the radio comes out with 2 screws and 2 plugs of wires.



Jim Oplinger
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3/14/2007
16:54:33

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That's correct Kyle. As I stated in a previous post above, there are plans available on the Internet that you can purchase for a couple of bucks....well worth the money if you ask me. The plans will take you through the whole process screw by screw so you don't (no pun intended) screw up your dash. I've posted the website link below. Good luck!

http://www.carstereoremoval.com/htm/stereoremovalDodgeDakota00_04P.htm



DAKOTA GIRL
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3/15/2007
22:32:29

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Hi I also have a dakota does anyone else know what the colors in the factory stereo harness represent other than ch mine came with an older after martket system and I would like to update it to a more current model Thanks in advance



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3/15/2007
22:43:14

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Dakota Girl,
Check the above posts for some wiring hook ups. Some people have responded to posts similar to yours. Good luck.



Tessa
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6/06/2007
22:23:46

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My 2001 Quad Cab Dakota has lost power (will not come on and clock will not work) except that the treble/bass bars blink like flashers. We live in a rural area and I drive 5 miles of washboard dirt roads everyday. Does anyone have any ideas as to what has caused this? LOVE my truck!!! Had a good mechanic for a bad husband, now have had a great husband for 20 years, but boy he's a poor mechanic :) HELP!!!

Tessa



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