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Aftermarket speakers are quiet.

PostPosted: Feb 15 2020, 3:32am
by Whiskey
So let me start off saying this, and i know everyone is varied in opinion when it comes to this. I love DIY, doing something myself is satisfying and well.. cheaper. I am not stupid crazy smart when it comes to electrical but my father is, quick few hour phone call and frustration later i botched together a head unit install. (This has come full circle to bite me in the ass...) Most likely will take it to one of the shops near me that do audio for vehicles and have them fix my mistakes, but for now if anyone has any ideas id appreciate it. (something to note, i didn't install a female adapter coming off the main harness for the radio nor anything to keep my steering wheel controls. I spliced right into the wires and called it a day)

The truck is a 2005 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE crew cab. It does not have the bose system and did have the 6 disc CD player as the OEM headunit.

6 months ago my passenger front speaker had stopped working, and my driver front speaker had started to show its age. I dropped by the local parts store and picked up a cheapo head unit and some new speakers in the hopes that it would fix both the passenger issue as well as provide better audio on the driver side. I feel like this might be important to note, the passenger audio was very inconsistent, it would intermittently come on and off without a clear sign as to why.

2 months later after the install of the speakers and head unit everything was fine, and boom my issue with the passenger audio in the front of the cab had returned. I ignored it and figured its a bad wire somewhere between point A to B. Fast forward to present day and my Passenger front, Driver front, and passenger rear have all stopped working or so i thought. I checked power in the head unit and my connections both between my splices as well as the speakers themselves and everything had power. With a little bit of setting changes on the head unit I discovered that every speaker does in fact have power and is playing audio except its very very quiet.

TLDR; Front speakers and rear passenger speaker all have really low audio, i botched my install so im not sure if its a bad wire on my side or OEM side.

Re: Aftermarket speakers are quiet.

PostPosted: Feb 15 2020, 7:00am
by dav2no1
Did you replace all the speaker wire or did you reuse the OEM that was causing the issues? What speakers and head unit did you use? Did you install a amp or are you running off the head unit? A little more information is needed to give you so.e options.

Re: Aftermarket speakers are quiet.

PostPosted: Feb 15 2020, 3:39pm
by Zrock
Never use factory speaker wire for aftermarket speakers especially if you were having previous issues.. i would grab a roll of speaker wire and run yourself new lines and solder your connections, if you cannot solder use the shrinkable but connectors much less chance of things working loose...

Re: Aftermarket speakers are quiet.

PostPosted: Mar 01 2020, 6:13am
by Whiskey
Zrock wrote:Never use factory speaker wire for aftermarket speakers especially if you were having previous issues.. i would grab a roll of speaker wire and run yourself new lines and solder your connections, if you cannot solder use the shrinkable but connectors much less chance of things working loose...

I will give this a shot, got a buddy who is savvy with electrical so ill buy him a case of beer and see if he cant give me a hand.

Re: Aftermarket speakers are quiet.

PostPosted: Mar 01 2020, 6:15am
by Whiskey
dav2no1 wrote:Did you replace all the speaker wire or did you reuse the OEM that was causing the issues? What speakers and head unit did you use? Did you install a amp or are you running off the head unit? A little more information is needed to give you so.e options.

I reused all factory wiring, i bought some cheap off the shelf Boss speakers and a head unit from Auto Zone. I did not install any amp. Sorry for the late reply as well, also i wasnt sure on what info was needed for something like this. From the other comment as well I will rewire all the speakers.