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post #1 of 19 Old Jan 31st, 2009, 3:00 pm Thread Starter
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I just recently bought an 02 LT with a couple of problems that I was aware of. One was the brake lights flashing that I was able to fix by adding fluid to the rear resviore . the other problem is with the radio, the left channel isn't working. Is there anything I can try besides removing the battery cable for a few minutes?
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post #2 of 19 Old Jan 31st, 2009, 5:00 pm
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Looks like a lot of message traffic on this issue. I see at the list below posted message.
I also so have seen this very good fix/replacement to the BMW factory radio, if you don't have any luck getting yours working this might be an option..
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43942

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yea i've read that tread and that's a great alternative if a simple fix won't repaire my radio. since i just got the bike i'm just not ready to dive into something that major. i've also read about some contacts that get corroided and can cause problems with the radio. don't know if that would apply to my problem nor do i remember where their located.
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The connectors for the speakers are under the tupperware on the left side under the stingray. There is another disconnect for the rear speakers under the pillion seat.

Some times you get lucky cleaning up and greasing the connectors. But there have been several radios where one of the amplifier chips has gone bad. The "disconnect the battery" trick is usually for complete radio faults as it is essentially a "reboot" of the radio's brain.

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am I pointing out the obvious by asking if you checked the balance setting?
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Yea i did check out the balance settings, I wish it could be that simple.
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Since you have checked the "balance" setting and it does not seem to be working, it is probably one of the power amps that has gone out. There really is no "easy" fix to this and it seems to be somewhat of a "common" problem with the LT. Sorry....

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I just recently bought an 02 LT with a couple of problems that I was aware of. One was the brake lights flashing that I was able to fix by adding fluid to the rear resviore . the other problem is with the radio, the left channel isn't working. Is there anything I can try besides removing the battery cable for a few minutes?

You did not mention if both the front and rear left channel were out. I agree with John. Pull the upper tupperware and check and clean the connections. It is the round connections, twist them apart. apply contact cleaner and then reconnect to see if that is the trick. If it is then disconnect again and apply a little dielectric grease to the pins and reconnect. while your are at it remove the rear seat and clean and grease the far rear round connector as well. If all of that does not work then look at radio replacement.

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Yea i did check out the balance settings, I wish it could be that simple.
sorry, but like me, you are finding out that there is nothing simple about any problem with an LT.
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You did not mention if both the front and rear left channel were out. I agree with John. Pull the upper tupperware and check and clean the connections. It is the round connections, twist them apart. apply contact cleaner and then reconnect to see if that is the trick. If it is then disconnect again and apply a little dielectric grease to the pins and reconnect. while your are at it remove the rear seat and clean and grease the far rear round connector as well. If all of that does not work then look at radio replacement.
It is both the front and rear on the left side. I'll give the connections a try this weekend, but sounds like I'll be replacing a radio if I want to listen in stereo. thanks for all the help from everyone.
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Hey I'm thinking of removing my factory radio - its working - to do the Jensen Marine Radio upgrade. Maybe you and I can help each other out. Mine is a 2000 so its the cassette/radio/cd changer. PM me if interested

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plus, have you tried to plug in a set of headphones to one of the output jacks to see if you hear stereo through the headphones. That might tell you if its the radio itself or a wiring problem.
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didn't know I had output jacks. where are they located? like I said I just bought this bike so I've still got a lot to learn about the bike.
Thanks for the offer yamadog, but my radio has the cd player and I perfer to go that route.
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didn't know I had output jacks. where are they located? like I said I just bought this bike so I've still got a lot to learn about the bike.
Thanks for the offer yamadog, but my radio has the cd player and I perfer to go that route.

What and miss out on the nostalgia of cassette tapes? All kiddin aside, I do miss my 1963 2 door Electra 225 with 8 track player and reverb...damn pleasant memories attached to that

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my 2002 K1200LTC has the headset connector right next to the computer on the left side of the front console. If you don't have a helmet with headset setup, find someone that does and see if you can hear both side that way. Remember there is a switch on the comSystem that selects headset or speakers.
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Just finished up on installing my Autocom, Autoswitch, and some Aux lighting.
When I put everything back together, no extra screws, but all things being equal, the sound wasn't coming out. I re-checked my connections, everything seemed OK. I found out that the plugs just under the fairing forward of the left side of the stinger were seated, but not "snapped in". Make sure that you feel the "snap" when reconnecting.

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I just received head sets for the autocom pro m1 that was installed on my bike, plugged them in and I'm getting music from both sides. The autocom looks to be tapped into the rear speakers, so if it's the radio or the connections I don't see how it would be playing thru the head sets. So if anyone has any ideas let me know.
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You may have sound in both headset speakers but is it stereo? It could be that the Aitocom unit is managing to 'work' on one channel. Unplug the music from the Autocom and use something like this to connect a set of headphones.

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If the tap in is the one that includes a switch, then that may be the problem. Mine has become noisey and I have to flip it up and down to clear it. If is does not have a switch then I would pull the tape where it is connected and check that out.

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