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Head unit hot

I have an after market headunit installed. I play my music loud sometimes, not often though, but everything is sourced from the RCA connections. I have had this stereo for about 6 months. I noticed the other day, I had my cell phone in the cubby below the stereo. When I grabbed my phone, I noticed it was very warm. Since this was my first time with this, I don't know if this has been an ongoing thing or something that started to happen. I am thinking this may have been happening all along, to the point I have the radio out and looking into putting in a fan to pull the heat out of the unit. The cubby is perfect to fit a 2.5" fan into. I have a set of flatheads long enough to go through both top and bottom of the empty space. I am wondering if this will be enough to keep the thing from getting so hot. Anyone else notice their stereos getting hot?
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No but i smell a plasticy smell coming form somewhere around my amp
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That doesn't happen with my Pioneer, no.
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my pioneer i had a few years back would get so hot to the point it would shut itself down. that was in my old 86 ranger and the dash was tight behind the deck so i think ventilation was poor. i ended up replacing that deck with a kenwood later and didnt have any more issues. if you do install a fan be sure its on designed to cool electronics or else it may casue interferance and noise. my buddy had that problem with an amp he put a fan on.
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my pioneer i had a few years back would get so hot to the point it would shut itself down. that was in my old 86 ranger and the dash was tight behind the deck so i think ventilation was poor. i ended up replacing that deck with a kenwood later and didnt have any more issues. if you do install a fan be sure its on designed to cool electronics or else it may casue interferance and noise. my buddy had that problem with an amp he put a fan on.
true....in my 87 my Alpine head unit wouldn't come on sometimes in the summer until i was on the freeway.
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my pioneer i had a few years back would get so hot to the point it would shut itself down. that was in my old 86 ranger and the dash was tight behind the deck so i think ventilation was poor. i ended up replacing that deck with a kenwood later and didnt have any more issues. if you do install a fan be sure its on designed to cool electronics or else it may casue interferance and noise. my buddy had that problem with an amp he put a fan on.
Good thought. I have a few to try out, and I have signal conditioners if I need to go that route. On another note, mine has not shut off ever. Perhaps it is because of the tight fit. There isn't any free space between the cubby below and the vents above it. Perhaps I'll start with putting the cubby on top and cutting out a hole for a possible fan and just seeing if the airflow is better with the hole. Since the stereo is on top, flipping the two may provide more breathing room since there is more open space below the cubby. Thanks, all!
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