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    Loose wire touched my sub amp, now I have alternator whine.

    Here's what happened, or at least what I think happened. I was driving home last night, took a left turn and heard a loud pop and then crazy alternator whine. I looked in the trunk and some cargo caused one of my rear deck speaker wires to come undone and it was resting next to the sub amp. I imagine it contacted the chassis of the sub amp causing the loud pop? I plugged it back in and the alternator whine won't go away. No fuses were blown on the 4channel, sub amp or distro block. Everything was perfect before this happened. Could I have fried my HU, or 4 channel amp? I don't have extra of either laying around to test with.







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    Re: Loose wire touched my sub amp, now I have alternator whine.

    more than likely your headunit had a fuse inside blow that grounds out the rca's, you might have to take out the headunit and wrap some wire around the rca inputs on the h/u and then to the chassis of it to ground them out again.



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    Re: Loose wire touched my sub amp, now I have alternator whine.

    If you have a Pioneer HU, it's probably a pico fuse... which isn't really a fuse at all, it's a resistor and it's beginning to chap my a$$.
    I'm thinking about stripping my RCA's to re-ground them... IDK if that'll work... but I'll digress.

    To see if it's your HU, slide it out (with everything still attached) and touch a bare wire against the RCA shield (outside metal part) and the HU case... if it subsides, alas, it's your HU... if not... your amp might be raped?



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    Re: Loose wire touched my sub amp, now I have alternator whine.

    I do have the premier P800PRS which other people were saying has grounding issues with the RCAs to begin with. I will try your suggestion out this weekend. thanks




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    Re: Loose wire touched my sub amp, now I have alternator whine.

    I wouldn't be surprised if you blew a cap inside the mid/high amp. Unplug the RCAs from the amp and power up the system. If the alt whine is still there, you damaged the amp.

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