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Digital radio lights out #1283706 Mon Oct 15 2018 03:49 PM
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Ziptadoda Offline OP
hmmm.
The new "Retrosound" digital radio fits great in the 49' 3600. The main problem is that the light for the readout works once in awhile. Somewhere in my memory I recall someone stating to remedy this incompatibility between old and new electronics is to
install a capacitor, or some figamajig. So, the radio operates good, except the light that illuminates the screen sometimes works... It has been off for weeks. I know the fix to this is out there is out there someplace. Thank you.

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Re: Digital radio lights out [Re: Ziptadoda] #1289118 Wed Nov 28 2018 09:50 PM
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Ziptadoda Offline OP
hmmm.
So here it is nearly Dec. and I have found a lead on this issue. Apperrently 'old cars and trucks' electricall systems produce energy spikes. These can mess up new radios in old vehicles. I am thinking in terms of a surge, so a surge protector ought to be the clue to the figamagig I need to install. So now, whatever that is ... Meanwhile Retrosound says they can fix it.

Re: Digital radio lights out [Re: Ziptadoda] #1289140 Thu Nov 29 2018 12:21 AM
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truckernix Offline
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If it works once in a while, it is not damaged, it is defective. All the old car radios had a filter of sorts on the input power to guard against spikes.


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Re: Digital radio lights out [Re: Ziptadoda] #1289240 Thu Nov 29 2018 05:37 PM
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Ziptadoda Offline OP
hmmm.
You would think manufacturers would include some sort of surge protector. I am getting a RA now.

Re: Digital radio lights out [Re: Ziptadoda] #1289879 Tue Dec 04 2018 08:49 PM
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Ziptadoda Offline OP
hmmm.
I have had a great experience with the radio manufacturers. They replaced the radio I had and gave an upgraded one to me. What a great way to run a business.

Re: Digital radio lights out [Re: Ziptadoda] #1289910 Wed Dec 05 2018 02:10 AM
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truckernix Offline
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That is good news and it is nice to see that they took care of you. .


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Re: Digital radio lights out [Re: Ziptadoda] #1291000 Fri Dec 14 2018 12:53 AM
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Ziptadoda Offline OP
hmmm.
meanwhile, I put a 10 amp fuse in and I grounded the alternator to the engine block.


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