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Question Intermittent Radio Cutting Out

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I've been having a problem with the radio in my 2012 Kona Blue (best color ever) Mustang. I get this loud burst of noise and then the radio acts wonky. If I try turning it off , then back on, it acts like it didn't turn on, but then, if I turn the volume knob, the radio looks like it came on, but I get no sound. Sometimes just turning it off and back on fixes it, but a lot of times a key cycle is required to "fix" it.

Has anyone ever seen this? Is my radio bound for electronics heaven? I don't want to replace the radio and find out that the real problem is in some control module elsewhere in the car. I think I'll check to see if there are any codes in the computer. I don't expect any, but you never know.

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I've been experiencing the same issue for the past month, and I'll tell you what I've already done to maybe save you some trouble.

From what I read online, I thought my sync module was the culprit. I ordered a new one (found one on eBay for $120), and it seemed to temporarily solve the problem. About a week after I installed it, same thing was happening.

I did some more research online and found that maybe there was excess flux from soldering the board on the back of the radio. Seemed like a stretch, but I disassembled the entire thing, cleaned it with 99% isopropyl alcohol, and reinstalled it. No luck.

Eventually, the radio just went dead completely. No audio, no buttons working, just the time flashing.

I ordered the Navos unit from American Muscle and just got it installed today. Definitely worth the $900 - driving with headphones in is such a burden.

Sorry for the bad news pal.

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Thank you for the reply. This morning when I started the car, I too, got the "flashing clock of death". Now, I have to decide whether to get a used OEM unit from Ebay, or get something from Pioneer or Kenwood. Problem with the Ebay route is that I'd be getting a replacement unit just as old as my car with no guarantee it will last. I might be right back here in 3 months.

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