How to Troubleshoot a Kicker Amp


Troubleshooting an amplifier can be problematic as a result of the large number of different wires involved in the installation process. Fortunately, Kicker amplifiers come with a copious amount of documentation that includes instructions on how to properly troubleshoot problems that frequently occur. While Kicker manufacturers a large variety of different mono channel, two channel and four channel amplifiers, the troubleshooting process is the same for all of the different amplifier models.

  • Check the RCA cables to ensure that they are properly plugged into both the source unit and amplifier.

  • Check the ground to ensure that it is installed to a clean section of the vehicle's chassis.

  • Inspect the RCA cable routing to ensure that the cables are not routed near the power wire.

  • Verify that the amplifier has a proper airflow around the heat sink.

  • Ensure that the power, ground and remote turn on wires are not frayed or damaged and properly inserted into their respective inputs on the amplifier.

  • Inspect the speaker wires to ensure that they are correctly connected to the speakers.

  • Ensure that there are no damaged or frayed wires shorting out anywhere in the installation.

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