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Hi!

So unfortunatly my radio volume button just died a couple of days ago, is it worth repairing it? Or I'm better of just using a newer one on the car? I actually like the original radio but don't know if it's going to be worth the repair.

Have you guys swapped yours? Was it easy?

Saw TwoPedalWarrior saying that he replaced his with a kenwood one but I wanted to keep the original.

Any toughts?

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It's relatively easy to remove a radio. There are Youtube videos showing how, like this one:
(But you don't need a special tool; I have used 4 bamboo skewers, or lengths of coathanger wire myself).

Replacing it with a Mazda radio from the same vintage is easy, because the wires plug right in the back. But if you buy a new aftermarket radio, you have to figure out which wires to join to which other wires, and there are lots of wires.

(The aftermarket radio in my MX6 died, so I replaced it with a Mazda radio I found in a Mazda truck in a junkyard, which was very simple to install, and cheap. I would recommend you do the same. Plus there's something nice about keeping the car close to its original condition.)

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I found a nice cd player and radio from a junkyard car about 2 years ago. Very happy
with it. Quite easy to change out with a little patience.
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I found a nice cd player and radio from a junkyard car about 2 years ago. Very happy
with it. Quite easy to change out with a little patience.
Unfortunately there's no mx-6's in my area, since I'm from Brazil there are not much imported cars around. Went to a electrician yesterday and he said he would take a look at the radio.

I agree that the stock part looks nicer with the car but if it is actually unfixable I believe I'll be going for something new!

Hope everything works fine!

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Talking Repair Done

Update,

So I sent the radio to a electrician, he said that the potentiometer was broken and that he could just swap it out and it would work just fine.

So a couple of hours later and voilá! Radio working perfectly, as it was just out of the box.

So maybe it is worth it just repair the old dang!

Tx for the advices guys!
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Update,

So I sent the radio to a electrician, he said that the potentiometer was broken and that he could just swap it out and it would work just fine.
Sorry I saw this to late but I deal with TV production gear. We have that problem with older pots in audio mixer boards. 9 out of 10 times a squirt of lubricant will fix the problem with pot knobs going down. It recently worked on the power switch for my cutting wheel grinder when I was working on my Mx6 project car.

Glad to hear it was a simple fix and you are fortunate to have had an honest person who fixed your radio.
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