Weird one - '89 245 / 283K

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Jeff Townsend, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. Okay, the original radio in my wagon finally died last week, so I went
    to the local "baseball cap on backwards car stereo store" for a
    replacement. They installed a base model JVC AM/FM/CD unit and two new
    speakers and I was on my way.

    The next morning before work I programmed my presets, clock, tone
    controls, etc.

    After work all my presets were gone. I tuned to the local NPR outlet,
    set the time, and drove home.

    Next morning I got into the car started it up and I was still tuned to
    the NPR station and the time was correct.

    Repeating the previous day, after work the presets were gone.

    So it works like this. If I leave the key in the ignition (like I do in
    my driveway at night) the presets stay, when I remove the key (parking
    garage at work) the presets disappear.

    What's up?????

    Thanx, Jeff
    Jeff Townsend, Dec 8, 2004
  2. Jeff Townsend

    richbonilla Guest

    i think, if you just insert your key...certain items (electricaly) get the seat belt chime, door adjar chime, etc...they
    myst have tapped into the wrong "power trickle 24/7" power
    source...i would guess a fulty install...try having the shop verify
    the have the power wires hooked properly....
    richbonilla, Dec 8, 2004
  3. Jeff Townsend

    James Sweet Guest

    You leave your key in the ignition in the driveway?! I live in a low crime
    area but I would still expect my car to be gone within a year if I were
    doing that.

    That said, they hooked the standby up to the wrong wire, hopefully they used
    a plug in adapter instead of hacking up the car's wiring harness like some
    shops do.
    James Sweet, Dec 8, 2004
  4. Jeff Townsend

    KHanawalt Guest

    At first I thought they hooked up the wire needing 12V all the time to your
    cigarette lighter, since many cars have constant power to the lighter.

    But after the key in/radio okay scenario, I concur with the idea that they
    tapped into the chime wire that is grounded when the key is removed. Easy fix
    for them to do.

    Horsepower is cheaper than therapy.
    KHanawalt, Dec 9, 2004
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