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Oldsmobile Bravada: smoke..entire radio/stereo doesnt work

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Our daughter put coins in the cassette slot in our Oldsmobile Bravada. The CD slot began to smoke, and now the entire radio/stereo doesn't work. What happened and can it be fixed?
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carguyjosh :

Good evening.

carguyjosh :

From your description what has happened is that the coins were feed down onto the electrical board inside of the radio and shorted the board.

Customer:

So is there anything we can do to fix it? Or will it entail having the entire stereo replaced?

carguyjosh :

You will be money ahead to call your local salvage yard and get a replacement radio. The replacement radios can normally be purchased for about $75..

carguyjosh :

There are places that repair them but it will cost about 3 times as much as a used radio

Customer:

Ah, great idea! Thanks. I did mention a thumpa-da sound too... could that be down to us having lugged a trailer 1000 miles? Or do I have to ask that question separately???

carguyjosh :

You don't need to ask seperatly. When do you notice this noise?

Customer:

Great. Thanks! The noise started once we'd arrived. You can feel it in the sole of your foot as you drive. It's like a thumpa-thumpa throb. Not like the clutch/gears but something else. It's not related to how fast you're going - it doesn't get any louder, although it does get faster as you drive faster.

carguyjosh :

Most likley the noise that you are hearing is a tire noise. It may be related to towing a trailer but normally can be resolved by rotating the tires. A tire rotation is the place to start. If you rotate the tires and the noise/feeling changes, you know that it is indeed a tire noise..

Customer:

Okay, thanks so much. Really appreciate your help!

carguyjosh :

No problem..

carguyjosh :

Happy to help.

carguyjosh :

Have a great night....Thanks, Josh

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