My Car Radio Turns On But No Sound Comes Out [How To Fix]

If your car’s radio turns on but there’s no sound at all, you need to know what to do. Luckily for you, we have brought a few answers. Also, we suggest you read till the end of the article to find the methods you can use to fix this problem.

Why Does My Radio Turn On But No Sound?

When your car’s radio turns on but there are no sounds, it doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with your car. 

Many people tend to panic whenever a part of their vehicle starts to fail, but in this case, the causes of the problems are harmless. There are basically four reasons why the radio isn’t working, and they include the following:

1. A Blown Fuse

Just like other electrical appliances, car radios have fuses that protect them from the power produced by other electrical elements. There are cases where an excessive current is released to the audio component of the car, which can make the fuse blow without warning.

Replacing a bad fuse will likely get the radio to start working again. Nonetheless, check if anything is causing the new fuse to blow shortly after installation. This will require you to visit a car workshop because something Is failing within the electrical system.

If you want to change a car radio fuse, you are going to need the following materials:

  • Car manual.
  • New radio fuse.
  • Fuse puller or needle-plier.

Follow the steps below:

  1. Park and turn off the car. Don’t leave the engine running while you change the radio fuse.
  2. Locate the fuse panel. Keep in mind that in most cars, the fuse panel can be found on the driver’s dashboard. It can also be located under the dashboard.
  3. Study the fuse diagram. Check the car’s manual if you can’t comprehend the fuse diagram.
  4. After you locate the fuse, take the fuse puller and grab the radio fuse.
  5.  Replace the old fuse. Purchase a new fuse and place it in the same spot.
  6. Turn your key in the ignition.
  7. Turn on the radio to check if it’s working.

2. Faulty Speaker

Speakers are built to produce a vibration that allows them to create sound waves, and the older the speaker, the less effective it will be. If the wires connected to the speakers are connected incorrectly, there is a good chance that the speakers will not sound at all.

A simple way to detect this problem will be crackling sounds coming out of the stereo, which will get worse over time.

You will need these materials:

  • Screwdriver.
  • Glue.
  • New speaker surround and voice coil.
  • Knife.
  •  Scissors.
  • Sandpaper.

Follow the list of steps:

  1. Remove the faulty speaker. Remove the mounting screws with a screwdriver. Turn off the engine.
  2.  Unplug all the wires connected to your speaker.
  3. Remove the surround on the speaker. Use a knife to stab a section of the old foam. You can also use scissors to cut out the surround.
  4. Remove the voice coil, the old glue, and lastly, the cone.
  5. Clean the speaker. You can use a compressed air cleaner to remove the dust.
  6. Replace the burnt voice coil.
  7.  Assemble the speaker cone.
  8. Put the new surround in place.
  9. Reassemble the speaker back into place.

3. Faulty Tuner

If you’re having problems with the CD player and not the radio, then the radio antenna is most likely defective. If the opposite is true, then the radio tuner is definitely the problem. You should be sure to find out what the correct problem is before attempting a DIY procedure.

So you can replace an old antenna without help. You will need the following materials:

  • Screwdriver.
  • Wrench.
  • Lithium grease.
  • Pliers.

These are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Remove the damaged pad. If the antenna is located at the rear fender, you need to remove the trunk panel.
  2. Use the screwdriver and wrench to loosen the bike and then remove the strap, antenna, and the rest of the components attached to the section.
  3. Remove the entire antenna. Pull down the mast via the fender.
  4. Locate the roots of the problem. Remove the screw covers, gear cover, and housing.
  5. Adjust the bits.
  6. Put the assembly back together. Stretch the antenna fully before joining with the base of the cord.
  7. Connect the electrical wirings.

4. Anti-theft Interference

Some anti-theft installations can interfere with radio signals, and you may have to enter a code to get everything back to normal.

A dead car battery could also become a problem, so make sure you have the correct code for that problem.

To save yourself stress and money loss, seek the services of a professional if you have something else to do.

Final Thoughts On Fixing A Radio Without Sound

You can follow the steps we brought for you today if you want to repair the radio by yourself. Nonetheless, not everyone is willing to change a fuse. Many people don’t want to touch a single component of their car because it may be too complex.

This is why we recommend consulting your car’s dealership if it’s something more complicated than changing the radio antenna. Also, if you have recently borrowed your car and someone installed a third-party stereo, you should check with the company that installed it as it will usually come with a warranty.

Nevertheless, now you know that you don’t need to panic whenever you turn on the radio. There’s a solution for everything, and you just have to follow the steps to fix this simple problem related to your car’s sound system. 

Liam Dare

As CEO of, my passion for the automotive world motivates me to build online businesses that provide information and entertainment to users. I am proud to contribute in a positive way to the automotive community.