Hey everyone... I haven't been into an online car audio forum in a while but am still in the "scene" if you will... and keep fairly current. I am happy with my current setup... BUT!!!
Just this past weekend I had a problem happen with my very reliable Pioneer Premier DEH-P720 deck. It's about 3.5 years old and hasn't given me a problem at all up until now.
I got in my car and started it up. No sound from the speakers. WTF? I look at the deck and it's not turned on. OK, press the power button. No result. Open the face and try to eject the CD -- no result.
So I drive to Subway to get soemthing to eat, in pure silence, only hearing road noise. Get to subway, grab some food, and when i get back in my car and start it up, the radio comes on like nothing was ever wrong. Halfway home, the radio is still playing but the faceplate goes blank (off). I try the volume knob -- nothing happens, but the radio is still playing. I remove the faceplate -- Radio STILL plays. Normally this would cause the radio to shut off, so I think there's a ghost or something.
Anyhow, I get home and pop the radio out of the dash, and when it's 3/4 out of the dash, it turns back on (and the display on the face comes back on as well).
Over the past 2 or 3 days, the radio has been doing this sporadically (not turning on when starting car, not responding to faceplate or eject button which is located on the unit itself and not on the face, playing while faceplate is disabled/removed, turning on when removed from the dash).
What on earth could cause such wierd, erratic behaviour? I plan on looking at the wiring after work today, but I'm wondering if the deck itself is dying, as it doesn't seem to be just a faceplate issue, or just a wiring/shorting issue. It's just a WIERD mode of operating.
Oh, and this morning, I get out of the car and normally the radio beeps 4 times for the In-deck alarm warning. Well, it beeped twice, and the last two beeps sounded "like it was running out of batteries" for lack of a better description. Just kinda fizzled out. I tried turning it back on but the only solution was to remove it from the dash 3/4 of the way and put it back in (which worked).
Any light to shed on this issue? I'd like to have it resolved today, as I can get a newer (used) deck for $250 CDN -- mp3, Pioneer DEH-P7400mp. I'd rather keep my deck as it has better preouts and features, and mp3 playback on the 7400mp isn't the best from what I've heard.
Thanks for reading my novel.