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Unread 08-03-2012, 10:09 PM   #1

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BMW radio not working 325i 2004 . The radio does display clock, but all it reads.. the cd motor ejects cd and thats it....
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Unread 08-05-2012, 10:57 AM   #2

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The fact that the clock works but the radio and CD functions do not activate suggests that the problem is inside the radio, and I fear that repair is unlikely.

If the display looked normal but you had no sound, I would suspect the amp in the left rear corner of the trunk. I would make sure that you have power to the amp on the heavy RT/GN wire. Should be fuse fuse #41, 30 Amp in your fuse box. However, I don't think a dead amp would affect the radio display. A problem in the antenna amp might affect radio function because that has two-way communication, but the CD should still work.

If the radio display looked normal, another suspect would be the volume control in your steering wheel. I think I have seen posts on the web about those.

All this was of no help to you - sorry.

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