Last post on Dec 03, 2011 at 4:47 PM
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Toyota ECHO, Audio, Sedan
#10 of 19 Re: radio [thegreyone]
Oct 03, 2009 (1:41 pm)
I've never had any problems with my radio in my '01. It regularly sits for four days at a time as well with no battery drain - never heard of that.
Oct 03, 2009 (2:30 pm)
Nope no drain here either. You got a bum steer there.
#12 of 19 Re: radio [thegreyone]
Sep 07, 2010 (11:39 pm)
I know will help someone out there. I went through a painstaking process of an unknown battery drain. My 2000 echo would die overnight at random. Sometimes once a week to once a month. After trying a new battery, multiple electrical system tests and mechanics trying to get more of my money, I suspected the after market alarm system. Every time I took it to the mechanic it behaved. No current drain was found.
The key turns out, was that my son mentioned the radio would cut out sometimes. I drove it for a while and sure enough there was a random radio short of some type. It would act up the day before the battery went dead. We replaced the stock radio with a nice aftermarket and experienced no further issues. The radio was the last thing even the mechanics suspected.
Sep 22, 2010 (7:29 pm)
It often pays to do it yourself. You can think about it and try different things over time. Good job!
But if you have a problem like that you can just disconnect the battery at night.
#14 of 19 Re: radio [bruce3681]
Mar 11, 2011 (12:04 pm)
I am having the exact problem. I bought a 2001 Echo in 2005, and since last 5 years, I had to replace the battery only once. My radio would suddenly die during hot sunny summer months (I live in Toronto) and would come back on if the car hit a bump and then would function normally in fall-winter.
However last December, my radio suddenly stopped working and few days later, I had to change the battery. Then in last 3 months, my battery would die on a cold wintery morning (temperatures less than -20°C). I replaced the battery twice assuming that it was defective battery. However, it is difficult to presume I would get 3 defective batteries in a row. After reading your problem, I think I will change the radio and see if battery is still giving the problem
#15 of 19 Re: radio [desi_dude]
Mar 12, 2011 (4:19 pm)
The OEM Toyota Radio has awesome sound. (The original in the 2000 Echo wasn't working when we bought it second hand. The one the auto recycler gave me turned out to be from a newer Celica (2005???). Anyway, it's in, works great and we never have had a battery drain problem.
#16 of 19 Re: radio [desi_dude]
Jul 02, 2011 (2:15 pm)
So, did the aftermarket radio work? We're having the exact same problem. Radio cuts off over bumps and we've had to replace the battery once. I've taken out the radio and wanted to see if an aftermarket radio would do the trick.
#17 of 19 cd player distortion
Dec 03, 2011 (12:49 pm)
I had to change my car battery 2 days ago and now the cd player sound is distorted. What's weird is the sound quality when using the radio is fine. I've heard that changing the battery can "lock" the stereo and it must be reset but there is nothing in the display to indicate that it's prompting me for a code. I talked to a tech guy at my dealership and he said he's never heard of anything like that happening. Anyone else experience this? 2004 Echo with factory am/fm/cd.
Dec 03, 2011 (4:41 pm)
Prolly something is simply wrong with the Cd player and the fact that you changed the battery is just a coincidence. I wonder if there is a "cleaner disk" you can put in the CD player and would that help?
Or maybe try another disk?
The fact that the radio portion still works fine indicates to me that the battery change had nothing to do with it.
Good luck and tell us what you do/what happens!
#19 of 19 Re: cd [kneisl1]
Dec 03, 2011 (4:47 pm)
The tech guy figured it was a coincidence, too. I've got a car-audio savvy friend who's going to check it out so I'll let you know!