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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-03-2014, 10:34 AM
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Exclamation Speaker won't work

I've had this problem for a while, but at this point, it's really bothering me. None of my speakers will work. The MID will turn on, and all of the buttons work like they're supposed to, but there is no audio at all. I was going to look at some cords in the back of the unit to see if anything is bad, but I haven''t gotten the chance yet. I don't think that the speakers are blown, because none of them work, but there is obviously something wrong. Just before they stopped working, I noticed some crackling a popping after I turned off the stereo. I recently replaced the battery, so that is not the culprit.
I just really need some help, because I'm tired of waiting around and not finding anything.
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:01 AM
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Hi,

It's impossible to tell via the internet/forum as well as there's multiple areas and reasons for something like this all of which need investigating and checking. You might have a loose connection at the amplifier, a faulty/dead amplifier, continuity issues with the speaker wiring loom, blown fuses, faulty head unit (i.e it's not sending out the switch on signal) and so forth.

In short, you need to spend time fault finding and eliminating potential causes until you find what's wrong. You'll need to try swapping out known working amplifiers and head unit modules etc and then all the checks above.

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Do you have a DSP stereo or a non DSP stereo?
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I do not have a DSP button on the MID, and I could not find the cords in the CD changer you're supposed to check. I believe that it's non-DSP, though.
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I pulled out the MID and all of the wires seemed in good shape. Again, I couldn't see all 10 speakers blowing out, so I'm thinking that it may be the amp(is that possible)? The display comes on and everything works correctly. The cassette deck and CD changer do not play audio, either, so it doesn't have anything to do with the antenna.
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you may want to get a multimeter/test light and check the power wire going to the amp as well as teh speaker inputs from the stereo.
Here is a diagram for your reference.
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Would you know the setting to use for the multimeter by any chance?
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setting has to be 2 or 20 v the lead in the V and the black in ground.
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Ok, it's been a while since I was last on this thread, but I finally got a chance to check the fuses. They're all just fine (for the radio). I also cleaned out some water that was getting in due to clogged "gutters" around the rear hatch. I don't think it got near the amp, but I don't know if the wires going into a dome under where the spare goes are involved with the stereo. I think that those would be for the self leveling suspension.

I'll check the wires for the amp either today or tomorrow.

Any other ideas?
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Just looked at the amp. Could I get some clarification on where the connectors are and how to test them? I'm not the best with electrical stuff.


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I have the same issue

Except I have no sound when I start my car, but If I go and unplug and reset the white plug after I start the car, when I reseat it I have normal sound... Is this a common problem? Also I have an aftermarket Dynavin Head unit, Is there any way to just bypass the amp? I think that there is to much output from the head unit into the amp, as I never have to turn the radio up above about 8 on the head unit (out of 32) and by that time the speakers start to crackle.
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Old 04-21-2015, 02:11 PM
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Except I have no sound when I start my car, but If I go and unplug and reset the white plug after I start the car, when I reseat it I have normal sound... Is this a common problem? Also I have an aftermarket Dynavin Head unit, Is there any way to just bypass the amp? I think that there is to much output from the head unit into the amp, as I never have to turn the radio up above about 8 on the head unit (out of 32) and by that time the speakers start to crackle.
You won't be able to use the radio without the amplifier connected.

I ended up replacing my amp to fix the problem.
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