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Old 04-09-2014, 08:38 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville. The radio doesn't work. It lights up and the channel can be changed, but there is no volume. where should I start to see about repairs?
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Does it have the Bose system?
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what do you mean no volume? its quiet or no sound
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The radio is Delco. There is no sound or volume at all. I purchased the vehicle recently, and I did have to change the battery. I read in the owner'* manual that sometimes the radio will not work, without a passcode entry, after the battery is changed as a theft deterrent. I don't know if this is the case, but the owner did not know the passcode. The original owner is deceased.
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If the display is showing LOC then the anti-theft is enabled and the radio is locked. But if the clock is showing and you can change radio stations, the radio is not locked.
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most the time if there is no sound at all its the radio or amp, if its bose could be either. the bose ones are delphi radios too, they have a label in front of the shifter
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That'* why I was asking if he knew it was a Bose or Monsoon system. If it is, maybe either a bad external amp or maybe even the amp fuse blew.
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dont know which way to point till we get that info
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Mike 1995, thanks for your response. Where is the best place you think I should go to find out the problem. Dealership or some other type of repair shop?
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Dealership would be fine, but they will probably charge you somewhere around $75 to "look" at it. This is the typical "diagnostic" fee. If it is the radio, knowing the dealer, they would probably charge you $400-$500 to install a new radio. In which case, you would be better off going to one of those mom-pop audio shops and having them install a brand new non-OEM (Sony, Pioneer or Alpine) stereo which would sound better and give you options of hooking your phone up to it or some other music storage device.
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