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Old 08-12-2019, 08:12 PM   #481
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so i replaced the side chip as it was getting the hottest, applied new thermal paist and it was still doing the crackling, and so i went and applied thermal past on the out side of the unit case directly on the other side where the chip is. and mounted another heat sink using the oem screw. as shown in the photo. so far after doing this it has been working great. all day granted this is only day one. i do be leave just the radio chassis is not enough for this chip though.

the heat sink i put on is pulling a ton of heat from the chip. as can be seen with my temp gun.





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Old 08-15-2019, 08:44 PM   #482
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how long did it last ?

also what install kit did you use ?. and what would i need for the base mode radio install kit to retain steering wheel controls ?
I replaced the stock radio with another from a junkyard. I plugged it in to make sure worked, then put really good thermal paste on it and it's been perfect since (about 5 months).

I can't say about the install kits etc., but know there is am iDatalink Maestro kit that makes installing an aftermarket kit pretty painless from a wiring standpoint.
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Old 09-04-2019, 02:04 AM   #483
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wait! 49 pages of problems and no class action suit ?
Done with this company for generations!

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Old 09-04-2019, 02:27 AM   #484
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somehow i think this is an isse with the battery charging system.
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Old 09-06-2019, 03:02 PM   #485
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My replacement came a day early. I popped out the old radio, swapped plugs over to the new one, slid it in place and re-plugged the connector for the face panel and it started making AM radio buzz even before I put the key in :)

I reprogrammed my FM1 radio stations, linked my phone to the new radio and viola! I'm back in business. Played songs from my phone through Bluetooth audio also. Here's to hoping they'd figured out the issues with the radios by 2016.

One change to the software that I do like, they changed the curve of the digital volume control. So now it's about 1/2 what it used to be. No more trying to decide if "6" is too loud and "5" isn't quite loud enough. "11" is like "5.5" on the old radio. Combined with the volume compensation with speed and I likely won't be adjusting the volume much, tho I am also getting reacquainted with my steering wheel controls as I'm not afraid the radio will randomly malfunction.
Reporting back that my MY 2016 replacement radio is still working in my '13.
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