Posted: Sun 20 Jan 2008 23h05 Post subject: Mazda Etude 160ie Radio problem
it is a Mazda Etude 160ie 2003.
i have a bit of a problem ... and i need a fix.
the batt recently died and had to be replaced and they guys that replaced it seems to have screwed up big time.
when i got the car back everything was fine except the radio - it goes on and works fine except there is no sound ! tested everything and it works - took it back and they said a ?code? is needed and they will do it for R800.!!!!! so short is they wanna charge me for their mess.
where can i find that code ? i looked in the car manual but nothing is said about a code...
theradio is part of the dash system as it is factory fitted...
also poked around in the manual again and noticed a small section that indicates that when u get the car u need to make up a code for the radio system ... so now i have done that and followed the instructions to a "t" and everything happens as they explain it in the manual for unlocking the radio but still no joy ... really annoying the daylights out of me !!
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Posted: Wed 06 Feb 2008 08h35 Post subject:
Most factory fitted radio's have two little grooves about 1mm x 6mm on each side, OR on the (top or botton) left and right and corners... you need one of those tools that slide in and unclip it.... else it's probably going nowhere..
Your best bet is probably to take it to Mazda... once they have it out, make sure they give you the serial number in case you need it again.
i found those tried the holes but it won't budge ... anyhow- phoned Mazda dealership and they asked me the number from the car and said they will phone the factory and get the proper number ... i am still waiting though and the call was made early this morning...
we'll see...if i had the cash i would just rip the blooming thing out and get proper sound...
thanx for all the help and info thus far xRaPIDx ! really appreciated.
so i took it to a mazda dealer and they had a look at it and the phoned the factory and the factory said my model car is the one where you set the code yourself ( big shock there!) - so they tried and nothing - no luck.
now one good thing that came from it is i managed to get what i think is the serial number for the radio - will that help me at all ??
also saw how the tool thingy looks ... can make my own now ...
they said i need to contact combined electronics - does any one know about them ?
don't know the make of the radio but the following happened:
i took it to urban soundz in lansdowne road in kenilworth on saturday - they had a look - was dumb founded ... so they kept it over the w/end - phoned monday, they didn't look at it - phoned today was told they tried another front part for the radio - i am like erm the radio is not broken it is just locked and i need it unlocked ... so anyway go pick it up and was offered another system as replacement cause mine is broken according to them ...
so i drive home very unhappy like cause i have no tunes in my car...so get home decide to put the radio back into the whole in the dash and i can at least have a watch in the car and as i put it in i accidently turn it on and it asks me for my code - so i am like what the hell let's try it one more time ... put in my code and bobs ur uncle the speakers pop to life !!!!!!! so i am like WTF ????
pop in a cd test it out and all of a sudden some serious tunes come thru the speakers !!! so post hasteplug in the arial and i get five fm - whoooo hooo !!!
now i have tunes back in my car !!!
long story short - un plug the damn thing leave it for a couple of days plug it back in and give your code !!!
now to find a way to plug my vosonic* into it !! i have a MD/Tape port and was looking at the AuxMod Basic. any local alternatives?
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