Original Philips radio ~ is it bust

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Original Philips radio ~ is it bust

Postby Mull » 17 Jun 2007, 19:27

I would like to keep my chevette as standard as possible from the day that it was new (externally anyway).

Unfortunately the radio packed up this week, I checked the fuse and the live feed both fine, but still nothing.

Two questions ~ does anybody now anywhere near Birmingham that might be able to repair or is it worth me opening it up and having a look myself.

If its completely bust where can I get a replacement, its only MW / LW but thats fine for the journeys the car will do.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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Postby CancerWagon » 18 Jun 2007, 03:28

you can carefully open it up and look for (general electronics stuff here): Broken wires, loose sodder joints, internal fuse, burnt components, worn-out/stuck switches... et cetera.

What did the radio do when it packed up? Did it crackle (through the speaker), quit like the key was turned off, or emit "the mysterious blue smoke?" Is there any sort of click through the speaker when it is turned on/off whatsoever?

Electronics of that age were often rather simple, so it's a decent chance that if you can sodder, you can repair it. :wink:
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Postby Mull » 19 Jun 2007, 19:35

It was really weird, I had it on when I went the shops, turned the engine off all OK. Went back to the car and nothing, pressed a few buttons minor crackle then dead and has been dead since.

Will open it up one night
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Postby chris(not) » 21 Jun 2007, 23:24

Probably easiest to trawl the local bootsales or eBay for a period replacement. That age of LW/MW only radio is still in the doldrums between old banger and classic. Bit like the whole car, really......

That said, if it's new enough to have an IC output stage, that's probably the culprit and if you can get a spare, as Cancerwagon says, it's easy enough to replace it. Have a good check that the output wiring and speaker is not shorted to anything, though- that's a likely cause of failure.

Have you tried it on a spare loudspeaker, just to be sure it IS the radio?
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Postby Shuvit-pinto » 22 Jun 2007, 10:00

If you are stuck for a Phillips then I have one. I will check it out tonight.
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Postby Mull » 22 Jun 2007, 15:40

Nice one. Please let me know if its working, will save me trawling ebay. :D
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Postby Shuvit-pinto » 22 Jun 2007, 20:22

OK, go get it now and try it out
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