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Old 27 Nov 2004, 07:08 pm
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Default Clicking Noise From Radio

Hi All:

Just started getting a weired repeated clicking noise from the radio. It
is kind of low in volume and constant. As long as I have the radio turned
on, the clicking noise occurs. If I turn the volume of the radio all the
way down (but leave the radio on), it is still there. turning up the
volume DOESN'T increase the volume of the clicking, so it is not like I
have a torn speaker that is distorting.

When I say clicking, it sounds like about 6 or so clicks per second. Any
suggestions anyone has would be great.

I got a 90 Legend Sedan with a whole bunch o' miles on it - probably about
160K

Thanks in advance.

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Old 27 Nov 2004, 07:30 pm
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"DownTurn" <mark@siamese-dream.com> floridly penned in
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> When I say clicking, it sounds like about 6 or so clicks per second.
> Any suggestions anyone has would be great.
>
> I got a 90 Legend Sedan with a whole bunch o' miles on it - probably
> about 160K



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Old 27 Nov 2004, 08:25 pm
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Default Re: Clicking Noise From Radio

Thanks for the response.

No after market parts at all, as far as I know. the only thing I did was
change the positive battery clip where it slides onto the battery terminal
(or whatever you call that post thing).

One thing that MIGHT be related (I posted this in another thread) was that
I have been having problems starting as well. I turn the key and just a
single "click" from under the hood, and then nothing. I have no idea if
they might be related.

Okay, one more thing that might be part of the puzzle. My Brake warning
light on the dashboard has been coming on when I go UP hills (and
occasionally when going down hills)or when I make a sudden stop. I THINK
it is because I have TOO MUCH brake fluid in the reservoir. My dad, in one
of his alll too frequent moments of insight, thought it was best to fill
the resivoir ALL THE WAY UP TO THE CAP!

So tomorrow I will try to see if taking out some of the brake fluid works
or not. But I tell you this just in case it seems like I might be having a
complete electrical system meltdown or not.

thanks again!

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Old 27 Nov 2004, 10:33 pm
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Default Re: Clicking Noise From Radio

Is the clicking sound coming from the radio or the speakers? Do you have
the bose sound system? If so, the bose speakers and amps in the doors and
rear deck can make all kinds of weird noise when they go bad. You can send
it back to bose for $75 (each).

"DownTurn" <mark@siamese-dream.com> wrote in message
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> Hi All:
>
> Just started getting a weired repeated clicking noise from the radio. It
> is kind of low in volume and constant. As long as I have the radio turned
> on, the clicking noise occurs. If I turn the volume of the radio all the
> way down (but leave the radio on), it is still there. turning up the
> volume DOESN'T increase the volume of the clicking, so it is not like I
> have a torn speaker that is distorting.
>
> When I say clicking, it sounds like about 6 or so clicks per second. Any
> suggestions anyone has would be great.
>
> I got a 90 Legend Sedan with a whole bunch o' miles on it - probably about
> 160K
>
> Thanks in advance.
>



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Old 28 Nov 2004, 02:02 pm
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Default Re: Clicking Noise From Radio

The clicking sound is coming from the speakers. It is more like an
eleictrical hum, almost like the sound of power lines when you are real
close to them, but it definitely has "pulses" to it, sort of like
clicking.

It appears when I put the key in and turn to on or accessories or start.

If I turn on the lights, it makes it worse, adding a bunch of "static" to
the radio. However, turning on the high beams makes it less noisy that the
low beams, although still noisier than not having any lights on.

One thing that really makes it worse is if I use the electric window
openers. If I have the windows all the way up, and then push the lever UP
(even though they can'g go any further up), then there is a whole mess of
white noise.

By the way: I had the door speaker on the drivers side go bad a few years
back and couldn't live with the distortion, so I just removed it. Of
course, you can't just go down to Kragen or Pep Boys and pick up any old
speaker. But I don't think that just removing the one speaker would cause
the problems, since that was like two years ago, and this problem just
started.

Thanks again,

Mark

You Wrote:

"Is the clicking sound coming from the radio or the speakers? Do you have

the bose sound system? If so, the bose speakers and amps in the doors
and

rear deck can make all kinds of weird noise when they go bad. You can
send
it back to bose for $75 (each)."

"DownTurn" <mark@siamese-dream.com> wrote in message
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> Hi All:
>
> Just started getting a weired repeated clicking noise from the radio.

It
> is kind of low in volume and constant. As long as I have the radio

turned
> on, the clicking noise occurs. If I turn the volume of the radio all

the
> way down (but leave the radio on), it is still there. turning up the
> volume DOESN'T increase the volume of the clicking, so it is not like I
> have a torn speaker that is distorting.
>
> When I say clicking, it sounds like about 6 or so clicks per second.

Any
> suggestions anyone has would be great.
>
> I got a 90 Legend Sedan with a whole bunch o' miles on it - probably

about
> 160K
>
> Thanks in advance.



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Old 28 Nov 2004, 08:55 pm
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Default Re: Clicking Noise From Radio

Hey Mark

Now that I read both your post (this one and the starter problem - didn't
realize it was you until just now) I am wondering if you don't have a lose
or dirty ground strap somewhere as it could cause both problems.

Perhaps the main strap to the engine is bad and the current that would
normally go through that wire is now finding some other path. This path is
longer, so the voltage drop going to your start motor is larger too -- that
would explain the 'click' staring you are seeing (other post).

It could also affect other systems in your car, like your radio. For
instance, the ignition system draws a different amount of current depending
on where the distributor is - it generates spark/no spark, so current/no
current. Current going through a wire causes a voltage drop across that wire
(remember ohms law?). Since the current changes periodically, this drop
changes at the same rate. Normally this is not a problem because it goes to
a beefy dedicated ground strap to directly back to the source.
Since that wire is now really finding a different path (possibly the supply
leg of your radio or dash), the voltage across your radio is changing and it
shows up as modulation in your speakers.

Try hooking one of your starter cable (the negative only!) from the negative
of the battery directly to a beefy piece of metal on the engine. Don't do
anything with your positive, because you will do some involuntary welding.

Start the car and see if it is gone.

I am curious to see if this helps as it might fix both your problems.
Remco

"DownTurn" <mark@siamese-dream-dot-com> wrote in message
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> The clicking sound is coming from the speakers. It is more like an
> eleictrical hum, almost like the sound of power lines when you are real
> close to them, but it definitely has "pulses" to it, sort of like
> clicking.
>
> It appears when I put the key in and turn to on or accessories or start.
>
> If I turn on the lights, it makes it worse, adding a bunch of "static" to
> the radio. However, turning on the high beams makes it less noisy that the
> low beams, although still noisier than not having any lights on.
>
> One thing that really makes it worse is if I use the electric window
> openers. If I have the windows all the way up, and then push the lever UP
> (even though they can'g go any further up), then there is a whole mess of
> white noise.
>
> By the way: I had the door speaker on the drivers side go bad a few years
> back and couldn't live with the distortion, so I just removed it. Of
> course, you can't just go down to Kragen or Pep Boys and pick up any old
> speaker. But I don't think that just removing the one speaker would cause
> the problems, since that was like two years ago, and this problem just
> started.
>
> Thanks again,
>
> Mark
>
> You Wrote:
>
> "Is the clicking sound coming from the radio or the speakers? Do you have
>
> the bose sound system? If so, the bose speakers and amps in the doors
> and
>
> rear deck can make all kinds of weird noise when they go bad. You can
> send
> it back to bose for $75 (each)."
>
> "DownTurn" <mark@siamese-dream.com> wrote in message
> news:7c7a15e039733655c7ebb2439b01d63a@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
> > Hi All:
> >
> > Just started getting a weired repeated clicking noise from the radio.

> It
> > is kind of low in volume and constant. As long as I have the radio

> turned
> > on, the clicking noise occurs. If I turn the volume of the radio all

> the
> > way down (but leave the radio on), it is still there. turning up the
> > volume DOESN'T increase the volume of the clicking, so it is not like I
> > have a torn speaker that is distorting.
> >
> > When I say clicking, it sounds like about 6 or so clicks per second.

> Any
> > suggestions anyone has would be great.
> >
> > I got a 90 Legend Sedan with a whole bunch o' miles on it - probably

> about
> > 160K
> >
> > Thanks in advance.

>
>



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Old 29 Nov 2004, 07:21 pm
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Default Re: Clicking Noise From Radio

Hi again, Remco:

thanks much for the tip. Let me make sure I Understand the following
statement:

"Try hooking one of your starter cable (the negative only!) from the
negative of the battery directly to a beefy piece of metal on the engine.
Don't do anything with your positive, because you will do some involuntary
welding. start the car and see if it is gone."

Okay, so I should leave both the Negative cable on the negative battery
post, and the positive terminal on the positive post. Then using a jumper
cable (for example) I should hook one end to the NEGATIVE battery terminal
and another end to the engine block.

PLEASE let me know if that is right or not.

And while I am at it, I have another problem. The Brake Light (meaning the
red dashboard brake warning light) comes on at weired times. It just
started a few days ago when going UP a steep hill. Then it came on when I
made a sudden stop, and when I started going down a steep hill. Then it
would come on when travelling flat and steady, stay on while the Anti Lock
light would come on, then go off while the Anti Lock light stayed on until
I turned off the engine.

Do you think this might be related at all to the possible ground problem?
Or do you think I should start a different thread about this? Or is it
time for a new car?

Thanks again,

Mark

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Old 29 Nov 2004, 08:50 pm
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Hi Mark

> Okay, so I should leave both the Negative cable on the negative battery
> post, and the positive terminal on the positive post. Then using a jumper
> cable (for example) I should hook one end to the NEGATIVE battery terminal
> and another end to the engine block.


Basically we're trying to make a solid connection between the battery
negative and the engine (with is tied to ground). A jumper cable is just a
very convenient way to try this, because the wire is beefy and it has
healthy grabbing clips. Don't tie the positive side of the jumper cable to
anything -- just leave them dangle on both ends. This is of course just a
method of seeing if the problem goes away of changes -- you will still need
to find the bad ground connection if this works.

> And while I am at it, I have another problem. The Brake Light (meaning the
> red dashboard brake warning light) comes on at weired times. It just
> started a few days ago when going UP a steep hill. Then it came on when I
> made a sudden stop, and when I started going down a steep hill. Then it
> would come on when travelling flat and steady, stay on while the Anti Lock
> light would come on, then go off while the Anti Lock light stayed on until
> I turned off the engine.
>
> Do you think this might be related at all to the possible ground problem?
> Or do you think I should start a different thread about this? Or is it
> time for a new car?


It might all be connected (no pun intended) to having a bad ground
connection somewhere. Besides messing with your radio, it could very well do
things to other subsystems as well. Electrical problems like this can be a
challence to find.

Let me know how you make out.
Remco





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Old 29 Nov 2004, 09:03 pm
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Hey again Mark

I just reread my orginial post ans see what may have been confusing: with
"starter cable" I meant "jumper cable" -- I made it clearer second post, but
apologize for the confusion of the first post.

We're just trying to see if solidifying the ground to the engine will fix
your problem -- a _jumper_ cable is a very convenient and quick way to try
that. The older I get the less junior moments I experience

Regards,
Remco




"DownTurn" <mark@siamese-dream-dot-com> wrote in message
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> Hi again, Remco:
>
> thanks much for the tip. Let me make sure I Understand the following
> statement:
>
> "Try hooking one of your starter cable (the negative only!) from the
> negative of the battery directly to a beefy piece of metal on the engine.
> Don't do anything with your positive, because you will do some involuntary
> welding. start the car and see if it is gone."
>
> Okay, so I should leave both the Negative cable on the negative battery
> post, and the positive terminal on the positive post. Then using a jumper
> cable (for example) I should hook one end to the NEGATIVE battery terminal
> and another end to the engine block.
>
> PLEASE let me know if that is right or not.
>
> And while I am at it, I have another problem. The Brake Light (meaning the
> red dashboard brake warning light) comes on at weired times. It just
> started a few days ago when going UP a steep hill. Then it came on when I
> made a sudden stop, and when I started going down a steep hill. Then it
> would come on when travelling flat and steady, stay on while the Anti Lock
> light would come on, then go off while the Anti Lock light stayed on until
> I turned off the engine.
>
> Do you think this might be related at all to the possible ground problem?
> Or do you think I should start a different thread about this? Or is it
> time for a new car?
>
> Thanks again,
>
> Mark
>



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Old 30 Nov 2004, 06:35 am
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"DownTurn" <mark@siamese-dream-dot-com> wrote in message
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> Hi again, Remco:
>
> thanks much for the tip. Let me make sure I Understand the following
> statement:
>
> "Try hooking one of your starter cable (the negative only!) from the
> negative of the battery directly to a beefy piece of metal on the engine.
> Don't do anything with your positive, because you will do some involuntary
> welding. start the car and see if it is gone."
>
> Okay, so I should leave both the Negative cable on the negative battery
> post, and the positive terminal on the positive post. Then using a jumper
> cable (for example) I should hook one end to the NEGATIVE battery terminal
> and another end to the engine block.
>
> PLEASE let me know if that is right or not.
>

That's exactly right. (A bracket for the power steering, air conditioner
compressor or alternator is a convenient connection on the block if any of
them are mounted high enough.)

Depending on the way the battery ground is connected, if the clicking is
still there, try removing the jumper cable from the engine block and
connecting it to the chassis. It can be hard to find a good place to make
that contact - usually the hood latch is one of the few pieces of bare metal
connected to the chassis under the hood.

I also agree with the others that the host of odd electrical problems makes
me think of the ground between the engine and the chassis. If you see little
sparks when you make either connection, or when you rub the end of the
jumper cable against either the engine block or the chassis, you can bet
that's the problem (or at least *a* problem). Sometimes the ground is done
at the battery negative cable - there will be a large battery cable going to
the block and a smaller one going to the chassis, usually under a screw. My
son's '94 Integra has a bare braided wire from around the top of the
radiator to one of the nuts that hold the valve cover. Other cars will have
a wire (also usually bare and braided) near the bottom of the engine.

Mike


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