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#1 Old 11-14-2010, 04:02 PM
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Radio Problem in 2005 Solara

I have noticed that the radio is fading in and out recently. I thought it may be an antenna problem but when using the CD player the sound continues to fade in and out. Has anyone experienced the same problem? Is there a fix for it? Thanks
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#2 Old 01-03-2011, 09:57 AM
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Same problem: radio fades in & out

I have a 2004 Solara and the same thing happens. VERY randomly, may not do it for several months, then does it constantly, then problem goes away. Have you had any success figuring out the issue? Thanks!
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There was a Toyota TSB on this. Let me copy and paste it: Customers may at times experience poor radio reception in their 2004 model year Solara.
A revision to the wiring of the glass antenna amplifier assembly has been developed to resolve this condition. I think you can get it fixed under warranty.
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How-to from Technical Service Bulletin: (sorry for the long post)
1. Remove the right–hand trim panel on the C–pillar.
2. Locate the wiring which connects the glass antenna terminals to the glass antenna amplifier.
3. Disconnect the male 2 pin connector leaving the female connector attached to the body.
4. Using a small screwdriver, unlock the connector body by inserting the tip in the spot shown on the back side of the connector.
5. Looking at the front side of the connector, simultaneously (using a
small screwdriver) push the inner lock up from the terminal body and pull the wire out of the socket. Remove both wires from the connector.
6. Insert the black wire on the right side and the gray wire on the left
side (when looking at the connector from the back side). A click sound
should be heard when the terminal is fully seated, gently pull on the wire if
you are unsure of it being fully seated.
7. Push in the connector lock. If connector lock will not push down,
then one of the terminals is not fully seated. Recheck seating of each
terminal and then push down the connector lock.
8. Reconnect the connector to the female connector where it was
originally plugged in.
9. Reinstall the right–hand trim panel on the C–pillar.
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i have a 2006 sle, on mine the sound has to be turned up when playing a cd than when listening to the radio. maybe it's just getting old?
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Same Problem

My radio has just started randomly fading out on my '06 Solara Convertible SLE. When you put the top down, the radio normally fades out just as the top collapses into the boot. The radio fade out I'm experiencing is just like that and only lasts for a second or two. It seems like the fading is worse when I begin driving in the morning and become less frequent after I've been driving for a while. I need to exeriment more but I don't think the fading occurs when I have the top down.

I'm not sure if the information from the Tech Service Bulletin applies since there is no C-pillar on the convertible (that I'm aware of).

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

-Will
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2005 solara convertible radio cd changer fades in and out

After an audio guy wanted to pull the radio and amp on JBL system- I read a forum on this issue in Edmunds (I googled "2005 solara jbl radio cd changer fades in and out" and it took me there)which states that there is a switch located in the back seat passenger side- part #84231-06010. This controls the amp so that when the top is put down, the sound increases to make up for road noise. I had it removed- not replaced yet to make sure that was the problem. Guess what? It was- so now we have ordered the part. If you leave the switch out, you will have to turn radio up louder when top is down. I saved a bundle- switch is $20.00. Hope this helps lots of people. Read the Edmunds link too.
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It seems that the rear window antenna is very directional. I live in a rural area and with the same station on, it is stronger in one direction than the other. I would expect that the only fix would be an external aerial. Any comments?
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