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Old 08-16-2013, 10:51 AM   #1
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Speaker Question/Warranty

Lately I've been turning the volume on the radio all the way up and playing a song with the best bass I can fine. Normally I keep the radio very low but a neighbor has been acting out lately so I've decided to be annoying as well. My question is what are the chances of the speakers blowing? This would be covered under the bumper to bumper warranty correct?
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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There is a very good chance you will blow it. Yes...covered by bumper to bumper.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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There is a very good chance you will blow it. Yes...covered by bumper to bumper.
Right and wrong.

Yes most likely you will blow the speaker but if it was determined that the was blown out of abuse, like turning the volume up really loud, it will not be covered.
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How is turning up your stereo to the max considered "abuse"....the speakers should be rated for whatever the system can push through them.
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How is turning up your stereo to the max considered "abuse"....the speakers should be rated for whatever the system can push through them.
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I blew my left front lower speaker (driver door)...never had volume above 35, most of the time its at 22 to 30. It happened after my warranty had expired and I was even contemplating getting the extended warranty. So now it pops at anything with a lot of bass and the volume above like 23. So I have to turn the bass all the way down to like -3 on the EQ to be able to get more volume.

Just thought I would share, as you can see it is very possible to blow the damn speaker even under normal conditions.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:13 PM   #7
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can anyone please clarify this issue?
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:23 PM   #8
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How is turning up your stereo to the max considered "abuse"....the speakers should be rated for whatever the system can push through them.
It would be the same as running your car at redline for long, extended periods of time. Something eventually has to give.

To answer your question, no it would not be covered under a factory bumper to bumper warranty if you state you had the music cranked. That would be classified as "Negligence." Now, if you stated you had it up at 18-20, not max, and it blew...then that might be a different story.
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It would be the same as running your car at redline for long, extended periods of time. Something eventually has to give.

To answer your question, no it would not be covered under a factory bumper to bumper warranty if you state you had the music cranked. That would be classified as "Negligence." Now, if you stated you had it up at 18-20, not max, and it blew...then that might be a different story.
Just curious, but how can you definitively answer this question....experience? Specifically stated in the warranty? Head of customer service for GM? Warranty school of Nod Nod Wink Wink?
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:20 PM   #10
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How is turning up your stereo to the max considered "abuse"....the speakers should be rated for whatever the system can push through them.
Correct answer.....at least with the car mfrs I worked with, handling warranty issues....
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:29 PM   #11
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How is turning up your stereo to the max considered "abuse"....the speakers should be rated for whatever the system can push through them.
And they probably are. Problem is, you start clipping the amp when you turn one up all the way, then you're sending distortion to the speaker, which shreds the voice coil.

That's pretty basic stereo knowledge. Never turn one up all the way, and turn it down if you hear distortion that's not meant to be there.

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I blew my left front lower speaker (driver door)...never had volume above 35, most of the time its at 22 to 30. It happened after my warranty had expired and I was even contemplating getting the extended warranty. So now it pops at anything with a lot of bass and the volume above like 23. So I have to turn the bass all the way down to like -3 on the EQ to be able to get more volume.

Just thought I would share, as you can see it is very possible to blow the damn speaker even under normal conditions.
Holy crap. Are you deaf or have hearing problems?

Mine never goes above 14 because above that is just too loud for everyday use, most of the time it's at 12 or 13. The db's that is put out at 20+ doesn't fall under normal use. No wonder your speaker blew.

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How is turning up your stereo to the max considered "abuse"....the speakers should be rated for whatever the system can push through them.
Just because something "can" do something, doesn't mean that it can maintain it and do it often enough, it will break. You car can run at 6.5k rpms but if you drive it like that too much eventually you will need a new engine. It's the same thing with speakers.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:30 PM   #13
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Can anyone provide a reputable source to back up their claims?
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I understand and am not disputing that on most stereos there is inherent distortion at the top of the range that can cause speaker problems. My issue is saying that the bumper to bumper warranty won't cover a "blown" speaker unless I lie about it. That and the fact that some people answer questions as if they are experts about a particular subject and not just giving an opinion. If I am on the wrong side of this, well, it's just my turn to be an a$$h0l3.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:02 PM   #15
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Can anyone provide a reputable source to back up their claims?
Not I, just anecdotal. Try it. Turn your stereo up all the way and leave it for ten minutes, then return. Bet your speaker(s) will be blown. If I'm wrong, then you win. If I'm right, you get to test out whether or not the warranty covers it.

Seriously, how in the heck is a service advisor going to determine if you 'turned your stereo up so loud that you caused the damage'? You mean to tell me you would actually admit to that?

I've probably trashed more speakers so far in my life than most people ever own.

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I understand and am not disputing that on most stereos there is inherent distortion at the top of the range that can cause speaker problems. My issue is saying that the bumper to bumper warranty won't cover a "blown" speaker unless I lie about it. That and the fact that some people answer questions as if they are experts about a particular subject and not just giving an opinion. If I am on the wrong side of this, well, it's just my turn to be an a$$h0l3.
Use the search function and look it up, this subject has been covered numerous times before.

I also found this from GM's site about the warranty.

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Audio systems, cleaning brake pads/linings, clutch linings, coolants and fluids, filters, keyless entry (or other remote transmitter/receiver batteries),* limited-slip rear axle service, tire rotation, wheel alignment/balance,** and wiper inserts are covered up to the first maintenance inspection period outlined in the Owner's Manual. Any replacement at the time of or beyond the maintenance inspection period is considered maintenance, and is not covered as part of the New-Vehicle Limited Warranty. The New-Vehicle Limited Warranty only covers components when replacement or repair of these components is the result of a defect in material or workmanship.
Anyone who takes out a blown speaker can look at it and tell it is obvious user neglect and not a factory defect or bad workmanship.
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I blew my left front lower speaker (driver door)...never had volume above 35, most of the time its at 22 to 30. It happened after my warranty had expired and I was even contemplating getting the extended warranty. So now it pops at anything with a lot of bass and the volume above like 23. So I have to turn the bass all the way down to like -3 on the EQ to be able to get more volume.

Just thought I would share, as you can see it is very possible to blow the damn speaker even under normal conditions.
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Gm will warranty the speaker, provided you have not added anything to the system. The amount of times it happens is not worth the CSI hassle.

As said above, I did 32 years as a rep making these decisions for Honda, Porsche and BMW.
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Holy crap. Are you deaf or have hearing problems?

Mine never goes above 14 because above that is just too loud for everyday use, most of the time it's at 12 or 13. The db's that is put out at 20+ doesn't fall under normal use. No wonder your speaker blew.



Just because something "can" do something, doesn't mean that it can maintain it and do it often enough, it will break. You car can run at 6.5k rpms but if you drive it like that too much eventually you will need a new engine. It's the same thing with speakers.
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Can you hear me me now ?

With the windows down and a loud exhaust, going down the highway this is just the way it is. If I want to hear the music I have to turn it up. I consider what I listen to my music at as normal operating conditions. And no I do not have any hearing problems, I can hear perfectly fine. I like to feel the bass not just hear that its there.
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Call up a dealer, not one that you bought your car from or get serviced at, ask to speak to someone in the service department and ask if a blown speaker is covered under warranty for a camaro.
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Call up a dealer, not one that you bought your car from or get serviced at, ask to speak to someone in the service department and ask if a blown speaker is covered under warranty for a camaro.

That would be too easy ....
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:08 PM   #23
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Lately I've been turning the volume on the radio all the way up and playing a song with the best bass I can fine. Normally I keep the radio very low but a neighbor has been acting out lately so I've decided to be annoying as well. My question is what are the chances of the speakers blowing? This would be covered under the bumper to bumper warranty correct?
I'd be more concerned about my ear drums. They aren't covered under warranty and can't be replaced.
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Driving around today with the top down doing 65 Mph with my MRT V2 exhaust the radio volume was set at 17 and I could hear it just fine . I will be 60 years old in a little over two months and have partial hearing loss from Chemo therapy a couple years ago. Why anyone would ever need to turn it up over 20 is beyond me....
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