Radio broken

The radio doesn't work.
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Hi. There are several reasons why your radio can be inoperative. The radio in a vehicle gets power from a fuse. If the fuse blows, the radio will stop working. The unit itself can stop working. This doesn’t happen often, but it can happen. Lastly, if your radio says "locked" or "code", then it might need the unlock code to work again. This sometimes happens when the battery is disconnected. The code should come as a card with the vehicle if you bought it new. If not, the Toyota dealership can get the code for you. Proof of vehicle ownership might be necessary if you go this route. If you need further assistance, I recommend you have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, inspect the electrical components and replace any failing parts.

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Turn on the ignition to power the stereo. Press and hold the source button on the top-left corner of the stereo to power it on. Simultaneously press and hold the first preset and the up 🔼 arrow buttons for a few seconds. After a moment, the stereo system will reset.
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Blown Fuse

All car radios have at least one fuse that protects it from power surges coming from somewhere else in the vehicle. The first thing you should do when your radio stops working is check its fuses and replace any that have blown.

Look for any signs of damage, corrosion, or loose connections, and repair or replace as necessary. Test the fuse for the radio in the car`s fuse box: Next, check the fuse for the radio in the car`s fuse box. If the fuse is blown, replace it with a new one of the same amperage rating.
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Turn your car on, but do not start the engine. Turn the radio off. Hold the radio power button down for a few minutes until it resets.
A blown car fuse will usually be caused by too much electrical current flowing through a circuit. This will interfere with many different functions of your vehicle. For example, many of your interior and exterior lights will no longer function properly. The radio and other devices you use will also no longer work.
Turn your car on, but do not start the engine. Turn the radio off. Hold the radio power button down for a few minutes until it resets.

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ANSWER : Most of the aftermarket stereos out on the market today are primarily plug and play. Just be sure to make certain the stereo is properly grounded and the correct power source is used when plugging it in.

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ANSWER : Hello. If this is the factory radio then you more than likely have an issue with the retained accessory power system. This is what allows the system to retain power when the key is off until the door is open. It may be a relay failure or a failure in the module that controls this. I typically take a voltage meter to see if it is the relay or the module. If you need to have this looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to you home or office to diagnose the issue with your radio and help you repair it.

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if my radio is broken will i be able to still receive my gps signal?
ANSWER : Hello. Yes you should be able to still receive signal to your GPS even though the radio is not working. The radio and the GPS a
Use two separate software systems but do however still operate hand in hand. Unless the hardware to the radio system is severely damaged the GPS signal should not be interfered with by the damaged radio. Possibly it could help to have one of our trained technicians come out and look at your system to help you further, which can be chosen here.

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