Jeep Wrangler Radio Not Working: Causes & Fixes

If your Jeep Wrangler’s radio isn’t working, and you’re looking to fix it, then you’re on the right page. Here, we’ll be looking at the common causes of this problem, and how you can attempt fixing it on your own.

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Jeep Wrangler Radio Not Working? Rule This Out First!

Sometimes, the problem isn’t with your radio itself, but with the power supply to it. So, you need to rule out the possibility of a power supply issue by checking the fuses to see if any of them is blown out. Also, check for damaged or cut wires between the fuses and the radio.

If there are no problems in this aspect, then you can proceed to try out other fixes in this guide, as chances are the problem is from the radio itself.

Jeep Wrangler Radio Not Working: Causes 

1. Glitches

A simple glitch could be the problem with the car radio but if this happens frequently, then you might have a bigger problem worry about.

2. Damaged radio box

If your car radio can power on, but nothing works. You can’t turn up the volume or even switch channels, then it could be a sign of a bad radio box. You would either have to fix the radio box or get a replacement.

Jeep Wrangler Radio Not Working: How to Fix

Turn the car off and on again

To get your car radio working, you won’t have to really turn on the engine. You just need to put the car in ON or RUN position and then press the radio power button and it would light up. If this doesn’t happen, simply turn the car off for some minutes and then turn it back on and look for any changes. If nothing happens, then it is likely that the radio box has some problems.

Fix or replace the radio box

Sometimes you might notice that the volume control of the radio doesn’t work, and sometimes the radio itself won’t work. These could be the signs of a bad radio box. If none of the buttons can cause any change, then you need to take apart the radio box.

To do this:

  • Detach every cord from the radio and turn in off
  • Pry the bottom of the radio bezels and pull it out. The face would come off with ease (there are no screws to work with here), however, you should do this gently as there are some connectors you would have to remove.
  • Remove the screws holding the radio box and pull it out of the compartment. Be careful when doing this as the radio has several connectors at the backend. Remove the connectors and take out the radio box.

At this point, you would need to decide if you want to fix the radio yourself, give it to a professional, or fix a replacement

Repair the old radio box

This isn’t recommended, but something as simple as melting the metals of the motherboard using a soldering iron would get the radio working. If you’re not used to repairing motherboards and you have zero knowledge of how they work, then you’re better off letting a professional do it. However, there is no guarantee that it would get your radio working. And if it does, you might not use it for long before a new problem develops. Still, it is worth a try if you’re on a strict budget.

Fix a replacement

You’d save a lot more money by fixing the radio yourself or even giving it to a professional, but you get a better guarantee by going for a replacement. Once the old radio box is out, you need to fix the replacement.

  • First, reconnect the backend connectors to the radio and then place it back in the compartment.
  • You can test it out first or go ahead to fix everything up. Remember to screw the radio box tightly and reconnect every necessary connector.
  • When done, your radio should work exactly like a new one.