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Chrysler Sebring Audio System Problems

hlohlo Posts: 1
I am having an intermittent problem with the radio. When I first start the car in the morning the radio works fine! However once I turn the car off and restart it the radio no longer works and the lights on the radio blinks on and off. Any suggestions? It is hard to ride in a fine car without any music in the background!


  • dls5dls5 Posts: 1
    We are having the exact same issue with our 2001 Sebring lxi. Have you tried talking to Chrysler yet about it? We have heard that this is a known issue, so perhaps we could get them to replace it. :lemon:
    please advise
  • sebring02sebring02 Posts: 3
    I am having the same problem. Start the car in the morning and the radio works fine. Later in the day when I drive home, the radio just LED just flashes and it doesn't work. Sometimes it will intermittently come back on while driving. One time I hit the turn signal and the radio went off again and just kept flashing. Some type of electrical problem. Can anyone offer some help? hlo, did you get your problem resolved yet? Help
  • sebring02sebring02 Posts: 3
    I am having a problem with my stereo / radio. I start the car in the morning and the radio works fine. Later in the day when I drive home, the radio LED just flashes and it doesn't work - no sound. Sometimes it will intermittently come back on while driving. One time I hit the turn signal and the radio went off again and just kept flashing. Some type of electrical / power problem. Can anyone offer some help? Seems if the car is cold in the garage things are fine, but if its in the sun all day and really hot I see the problem more frequently. Help!!
  • claybclayb Posts: 1
    I'm having the same problem. If the car is cold, or first thing in the morning -- radio works fine. After it has sat in the sun awhile - radio just blinks at me. I've searched the internet and have found others with the same problem; however, to date, no fix. Hopefully, someone will come forward to help us!
  • sebring02sebring02 Posts: 3
    I've still not figured it out or heard of the possible solution yet. Would like to get a little more knowledge before I take it to the dealer and they simply replace anything and everything and charge an arm and a leg. If anyone has a clue please post to the board. Very frustrating driving a convertible with no music/radio/CD!
  • cdrobcdrob Posts: 1
    I have the identical problem. A service guy said it might be a cold solder problem. In Canada, to exchange the radio costs $ 330.00. I think it might be prudent to buy an after market system.
  • jhfromnjjhfromnj Posts: 1
    If it is any consolation I am having the same exact problem with my 01 Sebring LXI. Since the temperature is now about 70 degrees each morning the radio does not work at all. If you hear of a solution, please let me know. I am going to check the Dodge Stratus sites, I believe that they have the same radio. Good luck!
  • I need a replacement stereo system for my 2001 Sebring convertible. We want to install ourselves but can't find a unit without going through dealer. Components are am& fm stereo radio with graphic equalizer, 4-cd changer with cassette player. Manual says sales code, RBK whatever that means! Can anyone help or have an idea? Ours has a volume control button that is malfunctioning. We were told it was an Infinity unit.
  • This has recently happened to me. I called the dealership and told them that in the morning when the car was cool the radio worked fine. After sitting out in the sun all day or even for a few minutes it does not work. The dealer responded that they did not know what the issue was. They further stated that I should go to Best Buy and get a new stereo as it would be cheaper than having them repair it. I went to Best Buy, no replacement stereo that would work with the CD changer. They at least gave me an explanation: The heat makes the mother board expand and will not allow the stereo to go on in the expanded state. When it cools down it will work again. My issue is why did this take 3.5 years for this to begin. I have a 2002 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. It heats up whether the top is up or down. I am also looking for HELP!!!!
  • Did you every find out what was wrong with your radio? I have a 2001 Sebring convertible that was doing the same thing. I had the radio replaced and after about 3 weeks, the replacement radio has started doing this. The radio comes on when I start the car even if it is turned off and the station display just starts running through the stations. Anyone have any idea? I have had it checked by two different technicians & was told the problem was the radio. Obviously it is not the radio since the new one is doing it too.
  • My 2001 Sebring Convertible is doing the same thing. The radio stopped all together for about 2 weeks. When I got home from the long weekend it didn't start at all. After being jumped it worked fine. They may or may not be related. Of course it's not doing anything for the dealer so they won't fix it. I'm hoping you have some insights since I've been having problems for almost a year now.
  • sounds like your master relay fuse is going out. that is located on postive terminal connecting to the battery. becareful cause it could fry your brain if it goes completey out. :)
  • I bought a 2003 sebring and no owners manuals. How do I set the radio stations?
  • just find station you want and press and hold about 4 seconds.
  • ok. Thanks. I think I got it figured out.
  • I have a 2 door 1998 LXi Coupe. I have been trying to figure out how to get to the dash speakers without having to remove the whole dash. I can't seem to figure out how to get the grill off or get under the dash. I also don't want to remove the windshield to give me room to work. I am also wondering if the dash speaker and the door speaker are connected together, because there are only four speaker wire sets coming out of the radio and 6 speakers.
  • If you bought an aftermarket radio, that would rule out the radio. If you had the radio replaced with another factory radio, your problem could still reside in your radio. Here is the problem...plain and simple. When your radio was manufactured, the manufacturer used a solder that was not up to par. This problem is known as cold soldering. The solder connects the components to the motherboard of the radio and when the space around the radio is cold, the solder a rubberband with no tension. When that same space heats up, the solder expands and loosens the connection to the motherboard. This causes shorts on the motherboard and explains the flashing LED, the intermittent sound, and the one post that says they experienced the stations scrolling for no appearent reason. This seems to have happened to the 2001 convertibles mostly. Seems like an annoying problem for an entire year just to be caused by solder. If you are looking for an aftermarket raido that supports the cd changer, i would suggest you get an aftermarket cd changer as well, because the problem could be in the cd changer as well. You can look at most major "Automotive Audio Stores" to see if they might carry a radio that supports the cd changer...but i can say that most aftermarket radios don't.
  • ovp66223ovp66223 Posts: 8
    I removed the top cover on a 1997 Sebring for my cousin last month. The top back portion comes off in one piece (just the top part). There are screws on the sides (open the doors). You have to pop off plastic covers (fuse panel on driver side maybe) to get to the screws. Once that is done, the plastic piece can be worked out firmly, but carefully. The main dash has catches up near the windshield/firewall and you will lift up on the front side of that plastic piece and then gently pull toward you. I recommend starting on the passenger side and working across to the drivers side. You may need help getting it back on as the VIN plate on the far left (near the driver side dash speaker) is a pain. The speakers are 2" and I can't find any after market speakers for it...I guess small tweeters with adapters would work.
  • pkgman2pkgman2 Posts: 13
    My 2000 Jxi Convertible i purchased recently didn't come with a cd player, anyone know where I can find one. The radio does have the controls in it.....

    getting hard to find my cassettes.
  • tofficertofficer Posts: 1
    We have had problems with our 2002 Sebring radio and 4 CD changer and will be replacing it with an aftermarket unit.
    Any local car stereo shop can sell and install a unit for you. is also a good source for after market stereo/cd players.
    You will not be able to buy a unit which will control your 4 CD changer. No one makes such a unit.
    You can probably find a stock radio on e-bay. I spotted several but decided against installing one after seeing the number of problems people have had with the Chrysler radios
  • help!!!! I have a 99 Sebring convertible. It has an infinity amp under the front seat. Everything got wet after the car flooded after a rainstorm and now I have no sound from the radio. There is power and checked all fuses. Anyone know what I can do other than replace the amp?
  • My 2006 Sebring Limited has a 1-CD player and a 6-CD player. I was thinking that I might be able to keep 7 CDs in the two players. However, it seems that I can't play the CD in the 1-CD player because the system controls bypass it and default to the 6-CD player. Is that how the system is supposed to work?
  • I have an 01 LXI Coupe with the Infinity speakers, etc. The speakers on the right side of the car works however, none of the left side works. I don't they are blown. Could this be a wiring or a fuse issue?

    Thanks for your help
  • I have similar. Flood after rainstorm, top and windows were up. First, I had a dead battery. Crackling noises in the right speakers with the ignition off. I have sound on the left side but nothing but crackling on the right now that everything is dry. So that's an amplifier under the passenger seat? OK what will work. What is a good aftermarket unit to replace it with? The CD player will probably be the next to go, as the volume control isn't all that responsive. All in all, I like my Sebring, but it must have really been a torrential rain. No problem with flooding until now.
  • I have an 2001 Sebring LXI Coupe. How do I remove the middle/front dash panel to get to the radio? I have removed the 2 screws on the bottom but I was wondering if there were any more screws to remove? Do I just pop the middle piece off? Any help would be appreciated.
  • I recently bought an '07 Sebring with the MyGIG infotainment system. It wasn't something that I probably would have asked for if I was custom ordering it from the factory. However, now that I've had a chance to play with it for several weeks I think it is totally cool.

    Anyway, one of the options for MyGIG is a backup rear view camera. Mine didn't come with one but I'm thinking about adding it. I've seen several color, wide angle, night vision cameras listed on eBay for under $50. The camera is very inconspicuous and attaches to the upper license plate frame. Most come with an RCA plug and 10-15 ft of cable.

    Has anyone added a backup camera to their MyGIG? Is there an RCA jack on the back of it?

    The factory installed camera shows the camera view on the screen automatically when you shift into reverse. I'm not sure how this would work on an aftermarket camera or if the dealership could program the MyGIG to make it do this. I know they can enable/disable the front seat DVD for certain states, so they apparently have some programming control over the setup.

    If you want to learn more about MyGIG click here:
  • I have a 2000 JXI and have the same problem in reverse, the front left speakers work, but all the others are dead...did you find a solution yet? Thanks.
  • what is the best upgrade, or aftermarket sound system for a 2006 sebring convertible. also where do you find a boot top cover?
  • I would like to replace my factory radio with a GPS system. Where would I get R&R instructions?
  • I have a 2006 Chrysler Sebring sedan. It has the factory stereo (1 disc) in it. There's nothing wrong with it, it works just fine accept for one thing.....Me. I can't figure out how to set the clock. It's an hour fast and it's driving me nuts. :)
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