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Suddenly no sound from only 3 month old speakers/radio

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    95TracTrio FEOA Donator

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    Hey folks, I have researched this problem for a few days now between here and thru search engines with no definitive answer. When I bought my 95 Tracer wagon a few months ago I immediately replaced the stock cassette radio and speakers. I went with a Pioneer Bluetooth radio and Kicker speakers as they were on sale. Later on I also added a Kicker amp/10" sub. Install was simple as my car does not mention premium sound anywhere and had no visible amplifier to bypass. Everything worked great until the other day, I had the radio turned up pretty high but definitely not to distortion levels. Halfway thru listening to Eminence Front suddenly no sound from the speakers, but the sub was still working normally. I have checked all fuses including the couple kind of hidden above the interior fuse panel, none appear blown. Everything else in car works as it should, cig lighter and all. I pulled the radio out, disconnected one of the speaker pre outs from the harness, and hooked a speaker directly to the radio and it worked fine. I did notice a slight burnt smell from the radio itself, however it still functions normally otherwise. I do still have to test the other three speaker channels on the radio as well to check connections on all the speakers themselves (I used speaker harness adapters so I wouldn't cut up the factory wiring). From what I have read online, if my car had the factory premium sound, the amp should be mounted below the cup holder area. I also read that the blue box in that area controls the air bags and the black box under the driver's seat runs the automatic seat belts. I went to a junkyard yesterday to do my own "field research" on a pair of 95 escorts. I noticed one had the box under the seat (I pulled it out and it was labeled chassis control) and one did not, but obviously both had automatic belts so maybe the black box is an amp after all? I'm stumped on this one, thanks in advance if anyone has a solution aside from running new wires from the radio to the speakers (which I don't mind doing if I have to!)
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    so you hooked your speakers up to the RCA outputs or the speaker outputs off the aftermarket harness to test the channels of out put?
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    Hey neuspeed, thanks for responding. I tested the speaker wire outputs coming directly off of the radio harness. I tested the other 3 of the 4 speaker outputs on the harness today and confirmed radio is producing sound for all speakers. I also followed as much wiring behind the radio as my flashlight would allow and none were melted chaffed etc. I checked all the fuses again, all were good looking (wish I had a fuse tester, may pick one up tomorrow). Lastly I unplugged both connectors to the black box under the seat and the seatbelts didn't move with ignition on and opening both front doors so that's also crossed off the list. I planned on plugging the stock radio in and seeing what happens.
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    if your sub plays still that means the radio is seeing proper power. if you speakers work with the testing you mentioned it is also putting out proper signal from the internal amp. the wiring for the speakers goes to up behind the fuse panel it memory serves me correctly. that is where the harness' congregate and re-disperse from all the dash components. they then run down the drivers side and across the firewall. to make you life easy just run new speaker wire if everything else is working properly.
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    With that being said I might as well just run new wires, I picked up a spool of 12 gauge speaker wire just in case anyways. For now my phone playing music to a portable blue tooth speaker does the job just fine until I can tear down the interior for the 10th time lol. Thanks for the info/advice!
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    However just plugged the factory radio in and there is sound now. Hmm
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    don't know what to tell you.
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    For the hell of it I'll grab another radio harness adapter and see what that does. I'm thinking maybe something internal to it is somehow damaged and acting as a signal barrier. They're cheap enough!
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    New harness adapter did the trick!
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    and i just had this happen in my personal winter rig last week. what are the odds.
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    Lol what the hell. At least you know what to do to fix it now!
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    mine was just a drivers door fading in an out. i had blown stock stuff in there until about 3 weeks ago. so i double checked my connections in the door first. that was good. so i moved to the deck. as soon as i moved the deck the door cut out. my plug wasn't fully engaged due to being jammed in the dash funny. so i moved a few things around and all is good.

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