Radio problems


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Coder88
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Radio problems

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So it’s an original 85’ Honda radio and it doesn’t seem to pickup any local channels very well any ideas on how to help that? Also the tape deck doesn’t seem to work either when I insert a tape and tap the far left knob it display play arrows alternating from left to right without ever playing the tape. Does anyone know why that’s about? Thanks in advance :)



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oldishwinger
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Re: Radio problems

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Ive noticed the radio is very prone to picking up interference from overhead wires etc, and this shortens the range and creates cut outs it is what it is I guess but check the connections at the back of the radio and inside the frame clean and cover with dialectric grease these connections sure can cause radio problems when dirty or not connecting.

the tape deck showing arrows going backwards and forwards seems to happen when its not happy with the type of tape put in, some tapes, dont seem to initiate the automatic playing of the other side, and taking the tape out, turning it over and putting it back in seems to help that problem.

Under the left cover, there is a 3 amp fuse for the tape deck, pull it and replace it.

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Thank you Sir I’ll give it a shot

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There is a loc/dx switch button and the tape drive is by means rubber belt inside, mine was replaced once years ago. Contact Sierra Electronics in Troy, Ohio if need service or etc.

Try a different tape.
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Where is and what does the lock/dx button do thanks :)

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Wait a minute this is les :) haha man you’re the authority on these bikes thanks buddy

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Coder88 wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:09 pm
Wait a minute this is les :) haha man you’re the authority on these bikes thanks buddy
Don't know about being an authority, but yep, it's me. That button is towards left of buttons, changes sensitivity. Belt will go out later today in mail. I did leave owners book in the bike or that box.
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You’re the man thanks for sending that stuff :) I’ve got the manual on my bedside table I’ve been reading a few pages every night :)

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It's on the way in the hands of the USPS.

If in the event you do need to send off for repair, https://www.sierra-mc.com/ has worked on both the radio and the "auto volume" control (located left side), contact them first and I think maybe you should change names on the units that you'll see if you pull them out. Fast turn around, they are in Troy, Ohio. As I recall, after thinking on it, last time radio/cassette player was sent was just the belt needed then too.

The "auto volume" control just suffered a cracked solder joint, and if ever does again, it can be bypassed while out. What it does is increase volume with road speed.

https://www.sierra-mc.com/
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Monroe 0714
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Re: Radio problems

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I have a 1987 aspencade,the cassette player works but the radio channels do not, I cannot get the radio to change channels,the channel changer on the handle bars does not work, the mute button works great.I can't get the preset buttons to work.help please... lol 😀



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