My radio always stay on?

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by dustin88, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. dustin88

    dustin88 New Member

    My 01 silverados radio always stays on even when the key is out of it, it is the factory am/fm radio and as far as I know has never been touched. Right now I just turn the volume knob all the way off but the display stays on and the battery will die if the truck sits for several days.

    Does anyone know what this could be?
    And if the display(time) always supposed to be on?

    BASSIST Rockstar 100 Posts

    Not sure what is causing it to stay on. It's supposed to turn off when one of the doors are opened after the key is turned off. Also the battery saver is not working if it is killing the battery. The saver will shut down power to the lights and stereo after they are left on for 5 minutes without the key on. Check the fuse for the battery saver to see if it has blown or been removed.
  3. ct9a

    ct9a Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Sounds like the IGN + wire is constant hot. I would trace it against a schematic from a Haynes or Chilton's book and see where it goes.

    I have the same problem with my lighter port, but I'm not sure if that's normal. I'm getting ready to change it.
  4. Springthing

    Springthing Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    That's most likely exactly it. Someone has gone in (or you have a short) to the (+)positive/hot wire.

    Radios generally have to 'power' wires. One that is constantly on and one that comes on with the ignition accessory. The reason for the two is that the constant power keeps your radio's memory (from clock, to present stations, etc) and the other is to 'turn on' the radio when the key is turned in the ignition.

    It sounds as though for some reason the wire to feed constant power to your radio has been crossed, tapped into, or has 'shorted' to the accessories/power on wire.

    Pull the radio out and have a look at the power wires.
  5. dustin88

    dustin88 New Member

    I will pull the radio. But also I dont think the interior lights come on when I open the door so is it possible that the door open switch is broken which would trick the radio into thinking the door is always closed and keeping the radio on?

    Also what are where is my battery saver?
  6. pmf608

    pmf608 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    If your interior lights don't come on, check that you don't have the dome override active. That shouldn't connect to the radio because the 2001 didn't have Retained Accessory Power yet, so your radio should turn off as soon as you turn the key off. When you say you have the AM/FM radio, it sounds like your truck is a base. On my base 2001 Silverado, there is also no battery protection. You can leave your lights or whatever accessories on for as long as you want, nothing will shut them off on the base trim level.

    It sounds like you have a short between your constant and switched power. That happened to me when I added my iPod cable to my system.
  7. dustin88

    dustin88 New Member

    Ok I will pull out the radio and yes it is a base work truck with only a am/fm radio(No cd or tape)
  8. Crackerjackjp

    Crackerjackjp New Member

    I know this is an old thread, but the system won't let me send a private message.

    I am having the same trouble with my '97 truck. The radio will not turn off. I was just wondering if Dustin88 was able to track down the problem with his truck.

  9. vncj96

    vncj96 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    01 does have the switch for keeping the radio on when the key is pulled so I would say there is a fault in the wiring from the dome lights not working when the door is opening is contributing

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