How I fixed my Car Audio with Zip Ties

I recently wrote how I replaced my factory head unit in my car with an aftermarket one. One of the problems I’ve been experiencing however, was intermittent sound AND no radio. I had a weird issue where the head unit also wasn’t powering up too. The speakers were dropping in and out, and also the next time I fitted the aerial wire, the head unit would no longer power up.

Needless to say this confused me, until I did a bit of investigation

Turns out that the ISO adapter harness I purchased to fit the head unit to my car, was connected to the block. However there was always a little bit of “play” where you could wiggle the connector in and out 2-3mm which I was never happy with

This small amount of “play” was enough to break the connection between the pins and cause a signal loss, and power loss. Hence why my previous testing on the head unit wasn’t showing any problems and why it randomly powered up again after I tested it

Basically I added two zip ties tightly against the harness, one near the speaker wires, and one near the power. It’s now permanently solid and worked flawlessly since

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Car Insurance

Received an email on 28th January from my current (or rather new) car insurance company where I purchased my policy from

They’d received confirmation of my no claims bonus from admiral car insurance but there was a discrepancy

I rang up their support line today (their emails are crap, described as OQD and MQD) which is actually an abbreviation of One Quote / Motor Quote direct

Anyway, spoke with a lady called Shontelle, my account is now updated for 3rd of each month direct debit on my monthly car insurance policy. The reason why there was a discrepancy on the account was because I gave them my previous policy number and they visibly needed to see my actual proof of no claims bonus. I had scanned these in an emailed them shortly after the first email but they never bothered notifying me it was updated.

Anyway, sorted out now.

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