05-09-2002, 06:48 AM
HELP! After alot of thought i decided to re-wire my amp myself with 4 gauge power & ground cable. I made sure to do everything you guys said, i disconnected the battery and everything. I made sure i grounded the amp as well (i used the same ground my old wire was using). The problem is, now my amp won't turn on at ALL! WHAT HAVE I DONE! I DOUBLE AND TRIPLE CHECKED EVERYTHING! I EVEN TRIED TO GROUND IT SOMEWHERE ELSE! I SCRAPED OFF THE PAINT TO THE BARE METAL! IT STILL WON'T WORK! PLEASE HELP! YES I RECONNECTED THE BATTERY! ARRGGHH! WHAT DID I DO WRONG?!
05-09-2002, 07:25 AM
Does your amp have a replacable fuse? My Alpine has on on the power side. You may have one when you hooked the power back up.
05-09-2002, 07:47 AM
How can i tell if the fuse is blown? I took it out and looked at it and it seems fine.
05-09-2002, 09:26 AM
If you look at the fuse from the side, the little metal strip in the middle will be fried in two. Do you have a fuse in-line from the battery on the power cable? (I hope do) Check that as well.
05-09-2002, 09:39 AM
I checked both of the fuses, but they look fine. What could possibly be wrong? I'm so lost. http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/frown.gif
05-09-2002, 10:33 AM
I'm going to have to check my wiring diagram when I get home tonight for some other possibilities. If your fuses are good, at least your amp isn't fried. How about the signal wire from the head unit?
05-09-2002, 10:36 AM
The signal wire seems fine. It's really small and thin and nowhere as big as the 4 gauge power and ground cable. Could this be a problem?
05-09-2002, 10:39 AM
I don't think it should be a problem. If it worked before it should work now. What does the literature say on the amp? What guage power wire from the battery is recommended? Anyone else have any ideas?
05-09-2002, 10:42 AM
The book say "use at least 8 gauge power & ground cable" which i'm doing. I've tripled check everything and found nothing. This is so frustrating.
05-09-2002, 10:45 AM
Sorry I can't help further right now man. I'm stuck at work. I'll check out some stuff tonight and get back to you. If you haven't figured it out by then, that is.
05-09-2002, 10:49 AM
I greatly appreciate all your help. I'll try and figure this out somehow.
did you check the fuse under the hood? I've blown that fuse before and I was freaking out until I peekd under the hood. Have you checked the signal from the remote wire? make sure it's 12+ when the deck is on. check the power and ground wire to assure they're good as well.
05-09-2002, 02:12 PM
Hey Dub, I just checked out your website. That is a freakin nice setup you have. I was thinking you would be the one to help on this subject as I was looking through your pics.
05-09-2002, 03:00 PM
check list to go through:
1. check fuses, not just by looking take it out and put them back in.
2. use a test light to make sure your remote wire is sending a signal to the amp and use a test light to make sure there is power going to the amp. check and make sure your rca's are put in correctly.
3. check power inlets to make sure none of the wires are touching each other or parts of the amp.
4. try relocating wires. (ground)
5. try using another amp if you have one.
6. BEAT THE CRAP OUTTA SOMETHING!
Thanks again RevHard for the compliments http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif
Akhwa pretty much covered it. You can get a test light for like $1 at Radio Shack or a multimeter for about $5 to test your wires. I'd get the multimeter though because they're much more versatile.
05-09-2002, 07:28 PM
My only suggestion would be the remote lead (it doesn't need to be heavy gauge at all, like 16-18ga, make sure it is getting a signal when your head unit comes on, without that the amp won't power up no matter what you do with the power or ground. Good luck.
05-09-2002, 08:15 PM
Thanks for all the help guys. http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif
05-10-2002, 07:18 AM
Syke, did you get it fixed?
05-10-2002, 11:26 AM
Yeah, i finally got it fixed. I took everything out and re-did the all the connectors and wiring ends, then it magically worked great. I have no idea what was wrong, but it's fixed now so i'm happy. http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/laugh.gif Thanks again guys. http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif
05-10-2002, 12:41 PM
Good to hear it was nothing seriously wrong with anything at least. http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif