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Why Does My Jeep Radio Keep Shutting Off?

We all love our music while driving, and when we are off-road driving in a Jeep, then our radio is even more important to us.

If the radio in your Jeep keeps turning itself off, then you are more than likely getting pretty frustrated. But why does Jeep radio keep turning off? Let’s find out.

Generally, the radio in the Jeep shuts off with an insufficient power supply or with problems with the fuse. In addition, the radio often shuts off when the ignition key is not inserted properly or when there is a freezing temperature outside.

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Tip: If your radio stops working once in a while, you can treat it as normal behavior of any electronic device. If however, you have constant problems with it, it may be time for a replacement.

The radio I have been using for over three years now with a single issue is the Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX with a large 7″ screen.

It has excellent power capabilities, and it has pre-installed, I think all currently available features. If you are looking for something robust with the highest quality and want to use it for a long time, check the current price on Amazon.

In the article below, I will drive you through the most common reasons for problems with your Jeep radio and how to fix them. If you are interested in other than car audio topics for your Jeep, check out this site

What to Do When the Jeep Radio Will Not Turn On?

When you turn on the radio, and all you get is the sound of silence, then it is time to do some troubleshooting.

If the radio is not entirely broken, then it is not getting power to it. The lack of power may be because the battery on your vehicle is not strong enough, or it may be a break in the lead wire. Either way, you need to find what the problem is and solve it.

A blown fuse can also mean no sound from the radio or no power getting to the radio. Check your fuse panel for a blown or loose fuse.

You should always keep spare fuses because they can blow at any time, but I guarantee they will always blow at the most inconvenient times.

The ignition key in some Jeep vehicles will pull out slightly, which is just enough to interfere with the radio being able to work. If that happens, your car may still be running, but your radio will not be, so make sure the key is inserted correctly all of the way.

Believe it or not, if the temperature is below freezing, the radio may not operate. Let the vehicle warm up and see if that causes the radio to begin to work.

How to Fix a Jeep Radio?

The fix for the radio is going to depend on what is causing the radio to not function properly.

One thing that often helps to restart the radio in Jeep is to do a factory reset. When you do a factory reset, it will erase all of the pre-selected stations and things you have programmed into the radio. The radio will go back to the settings that it had from the factory.

In many cases, after the reset radio will start functioning again, but if not, there are other things you can check:

  • Check the wires connecting the radio to the vehicle to make sure they are not loose or broken. Even a small break in the wire might cause significant problems, and you may need to replace the harness.

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  • Check the battery in the vehicle to make sure it is strong enough to power everything you have turned on. A weak battery may not be able to power the car and the radio. Try turning everything else off, then turn the radio on and see if this is the case. You also want to check the battery to see if there is any corrosion at the terminals. Make sure the wires connections are firm and tight.
  • Check for blown or loose fuses.
  • Depress the volume knob on the radio and hold it down for twenty to forty seconds. That will ensure that the power to the radio is off. Wait a minute or two, and then try to power the radio back on. Be patient as it may take a few minutes for the radio to power on after turning the control knob.

How to Get a Jeep Radio Security Code?

Sometimes you may see an error code on the radio or a message saying that you need a security code to unlock it.

If you see such a message, the first thing you need to do is check your owner’s manual because your Jeep radio security code is most likely listed in the manual.

The manual will give detailed instructions about every system on the vehicle. The code you are looking for may be written on a card or piece of plastic and stuck inside the book.

If you have installed an aftermarket radio or upgraded your radio, going to the vehicle manufacturer’s website will not help you. If you have an aftermarket radio, you need to go to the radio equipment manufacturer or check this site.

Get the model and the serial number of the radio that you have so you will be prepared when you get to the manufacturer’s site.

How to Reset the Jeep Radio Code?

The following steps are the basic steps you will use to reset your Jeep radio code.

If these steps do not help, you may have to seek the dealership’s help or an audio specialist to get the security code reset.

First Attempt

  • Turn the ignition on
  • Wait one minute
  • Turn the radio on
  • Wait for thirty seconds.
  • Turn the radio power off.
  • Press the power button and hold it down until the radio resets itself. Resetting the radio can take up to 2 minutes, so be patient.

Second Attempt

  • Lift the hood of the vehicle
  • Disconnect the negative battery connection and do not let it touch any part of the car
  • Leave the battery connection unhooked for at least 8 minutes but no more than 20 minutes.
  • Reconnect the battery cable
  • Turn the ignition on
  • Turn the radio on
  • If the radio asks for a code, then enter the security code for your vehicle.
  • If you do not know the security code, you can request it here and go through this process again.

Third Attempt

Try pressing the voice and phone buttons on your control panel at the same time.

You want to hold the buttons down for no less than twenty seconds. This can cause the radio to do a factory reset or reboot.

Fourth Attempt

If none of the above works, you may need to remove the radio out of the dash. Inside the radio, there is a reset chip. You can physically depress this chip, and this will wipe out the radio memory.

This is similar to disconnecting the radio from the battery, but it allows you to reset the radio to the factory settings the hard way.

Are Jeep Radios Waterproof?

The original radio that came installed in your Jeep is NOT waterproof. Many people ask this question because they love to drive their Jeeps with the tops off.

When you are topless, and you get caught in the rain shower, or you are driving along the edge of the beach, and you get splashed by the ocean spray, you do not want your radio to become toast.

If you have just bought a Jeep with carpet or cloth seats, it is not meant to be rained in or driven through water deep enough to enter the vehicle.

You will probably be in better shape if you have bought a Jeep with seats and floorboards designed for water fording. However, although the radio is not waterproof in your Jeep, that does not mean a random rain shower will fry your electronics.

Jeep drivers prefer to go with the roof down as much as possible. They also know that when the top comes off and a sudden rain shower happens, there is a big possibility of excessive moisture entering the vehicle.

To circumvent as many problems as possible, Jeep designed the dash of their vehicles to hold the radio and protect it from that moisture.

I would not take my Jeep through a car wash with the top down to test this theory, but I would feel confident that if I owned a Jeep and were caught in the rain with the top down, my radio would survive the exposure.

If the radio in your Jeep gets wet, you can do a few things to make sure it is not its end.

  • If you are driving through rain with the top down, not as much rain will get in your vehicle as you think. The airflow going over the top of the car will help keep the amount of rain that enters to a lesser amount. Just continue to drive the speed limit and get to a covered area where you can raise your top.
  • Take a soft cloth like a cotton towel and dry the radio equipment as soon as you can. This will eliminate a lot of the water from the device’s screen. Because radio is hidden inside the dash, some minor rainwater is not very likely to cause a huge amount of damage.
  • Open the Jeep back up as quickly as possible to let the moisture trapped in it dry out. If it is going to rain for a long time, consider turning on the heat in the vehicle and allowing the heated air to help dry out your radio.

Can I Upgrade the Jeep Radio?

Upgrading car radio is possible in any vehicle, including Jeep. There are many aftermarket options.

Replacing the radio in your Jeep does not require any special skills or tools. However, it can be time-consuming, especially if you connect it with all the steering wheel functions, cameras, Bluetooth, etc., as I did with my Pioneer AWH-W4400NEX.

Most of the units are simple plug-and-play devices that plug back into the same wiring system already in place. Then the new unit is slid into the dash, and the screen is placed over it.

If you are upgrading to a much better radio or a different system, then you may want to take your Jeep to the dealership or to an audio shop to have the radios changed over.

If you are going with a larger radio or a more complex system, the radio shop will have experienced technicians on hand to help you to make any needed adjustments in the dash, but this is something you can also do by yourself. This way you will not only learn about your car, but you will save some money to get better speakers, for example.

Final Thoughts

The radio in your Jeep is the way you get to listen to music, and it can be the lifeline that lets you know when the weather is about to change or when something else is occurring.

If your radio stops working, do not worry. Go ahead and take the time to get the unit fixed so you can enjoy more tunes and stay safer on the road.