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WTF my Haunted Amp.....

Discussion in 'ICE (In Car Entertainment)' started by scrythe, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. scrythe

    scrythe Guest

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    this is weird, ok so i have my Hifonics brutus 1606d and I had it hooked up but my wiring to my subs was all wack-i-fied so i rewired them to 1ohm and hooked it up, i had a crappy ground connection and lost it (i had a 8awg wire hooked to a 16awg wire twisted with electrical tape, i know not safe and now the tape and 16awg is all melted, i had it hooked like that when i had my old amp and wasnt pumping much power

    NOW FOR THE HAUNTED PART i got frustraited trying to find a ground for the new 8awg wire and just cut it so the amp is not grounded now. I turned my car one and looked in my backseat (backseat folded down) at my amp to give it a dirty look and when i turned my car on the amp turned on and lit up for about 5 seconds and turned off, WTF how could it turn on if it was no where close to being grounded. how is this possible?
  2. jlongoria9

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    uhhh..... theres capacitors inside ur amp :roll:
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    what kinda subs are they? dual 4ohm? and how many
  4. jamesm

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    my old amp used to work without being grounded occasioanlly.. it was kind of wierd come to thinkof it cause its not supposed to.
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    96EscortLX New Member

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    Moved to the proper section :)
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    are you saying it turned on for a split second, then turned off? and won't turn on again??

    some times with my home stereo after i unplug it while its on or something, it will still say its on for like 3-4 seconds
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    actually, this happened to me in my old car, I used to have a 92' Crown Victoria, and i had my amp in the trunk along with 2 12's. Once when I was drivin it just cut out ( later i found out the ground came undone somehow) but it did the same thing, when I gave it power...it would light up for asecond but then die out and i didnt know what it was untill i just went over alll of the wiring, replaced the ground to a better position and it was fine.
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    im no electronic genius by any means...but could it recognize the power, turn on, and then try to ground it, and then seeing that it cant, shut off?

    random thought
  9. jlongoria9

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    no, it stays on for a couple of seconds because they have capacitors inside that will hold a charge for a couple of seconds
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    yes, but u still have an incomplete circuit, so neither of our answers really make sense
  11. jlongoria9

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    huh? a capacitor will act like a small battery only that it will not be able to hold the charge for a long time, so when u unplug it, theres still electricity on the capacitor therefore it stays on until the capacitor discharges. if u dont belive me unplug ur TV set and and open it and at the very top theres a little sucktion cup thingy...... grab it with ur hand and tell me how it feels :lol: dont ask me how i know :oops:
  12. scrythe

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    jlo thinks hes smart

    btw. i got it fixed, found a ground but turned out i needed a new fuse aswell
  13. GTMechanic

    GTMechanic FEOA Member

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    your capacitors in the amp could actually power it even if it was totally out of the circuit if you disconnected it the right way. an most amps can also turn on with absolutely no ground wire if you have it mounted to your vehicle chassis. most amps are grounded to their own case. in this condition it would come on but wouldnt play, or would barely play depending on how well you actually had the case grounded
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    i grounded at my seat back seat bolt the part thats in the trunk where the seat folds down, make sure to sand down the paint, so its raw metal exposted to the ground wire when you attach it
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    thats what i did but i said screw sanding, luckily i didnt need too, works great
  16. 4doorscort

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    meh, its all good, lol

    long as it works i guess...

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