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Hello, First- does your vehicle use a factory amp (if unsure then which sound system was stock)?
Secondly, which PAC integration device did you use please (model number if available)?
Additionally, while this is not likely the cause of the issue- have you tried pressing and holding the reset button on the Kenwood deck for 7 seconds and releasing to see if that helps?
Please reply back with the details requested above and we can proceed.
Thanks for the reply. Please click the link below and scroll to page 3- bottom right corner of the page shows how to reset your model:
Regarding the PAC adapter- if it's a simple "wire to wire" plug in harness (meaning there's no active circuitry in the adapter), then it is not a likely cause of this problem. Hard wire connections don't usually fail once they are connected securely. However, that said- what method of connections did you use- were they spliced, and if so were they soldered and taped, crimp connectors used, twist on wire connectors used?
Another thing to check once the above have been checked, is that there are no bare strands of speaker wires touching the metal frame of the vehicle anywhere. I've had clients where the door jam was pinching a wire and eventually broke through the insulation which caused an intermittent short. The Kenwood sensing a short at it's speaker output jacks can mute some of or all of the channels.
Once you have a chance to check those things please reply back.
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Okay the On Star doesn't tie into the amplification/Speaker system in any way so far as I know ( a specific part number would allow me to look that up). So I would first try resetting the deck, then pull the deck and try a local connection of each speaker ONE at a time with the unit in your lap. Rule out shorted wires and any other connections in the mix by doing this. This divides and conquers the problem. If the issue is there with a local speaker connected right to the rear of the deck with a short piece of wire- then you know the Kenwood itself is at fault.
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I see the other tech opted out do you still need help, if so i will get you going just let me know