I also got a response from my dealer who told me he has one in stock for me, but suggested I first swap out the patch cord from the I-device to the glove jack. Once my son has more then a couple day light hours for me to fool with this, I intend to; swap out the phone plug patch cord, remove the radio (yet again) to examine both ends of the raio to jack cord, or at the very least try to remove the jack end of the connection inside the glove to see what it looks like behind it.
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To remove the radio on my 2008 Passion, in under 15 mins:
You will need only one tool and that is this: a MAGNETIZED torx 25 screwdriver. If you do not have this find the smallest, most powerful magnet you can find, and rub it on the bit of the driver until it will pick up small metallic objects. And if possible leave it attached to the shaft as you remove the main screw holding in the cowl.
First get your fingernails (recommended) or a flat screwdriver under the control panel for the hazard flashers, gently work this loose it will hang by its attached cords, leave these attached. I do not guarantee that a flat screw driver will not damage the cloth on the dash for this reason I recommend simply using your fingernails.
Next is to carefully remove the screw that is now exposed under the panel from the first step. Be very careful NOT to loose this screw because it may not drop straight out where it can be found, in fact it now occurs to me that if a small rag or similar were stuffed in the void below, this first screw could not get lost.
The Cowl, that large plastic piece that surrounds the radio and air vents, can now be removed in the same fashion as the first panel that housed the hazard flasher and other controls. Reach
behind where the cowl is closest to the windshield and get your fingernails under it, believe it or not you just pull this free from back (away from you) to front (near you) then out and away. Once this is removed, what remains if VERY straight forward, there are 4 more screws at the corners, now in plain view, that retain the radio in place.
On the back are the radios antenna lead, a yellow wire for the aux input, and 2 power and speaker attachments connectors. Maybe take a pic with a digital camera to assist with reassembly. Though all connections are polarized to fit only one way, it might ease any anxiety later.
Once you done it I say under 15 mins easy.
If you can find this part, it should be very easy to replace, the radio will need to be pulled from the dash, and then the yellow (2 lead) wire disconnected from the rear of the radio. It looks like it is a small issue to unthread the jack from the glove and there you have it. If a part could not be found, and you can solder, just go to radio shack and get a stereo miniture phone jack and wire it up, and reinstall. If this is not your thing, find some local radio amatures, they know this mess inside and out.
Of course the really cheap temporary fix is to get some paper washers or other such non conductive material and make sure the plug is not pushed fully in. I expect the true problem is that the tension inside the jack is played out and you will eventually need the aformentioned fix anyway. Cheers!
Great News, You likely do not need a new car stereo.
My son came into the house wanting to show me something on my black smart tonight. He plugged in his I-Pone and can you beleive the nearly blown speaker (driver side, that usually onf "crackles") is now all that makes sound, the passenger side is silent. I reached for that old radio and after the full install, found it has the same afflicition. What I discoverd, and I want you to try this, if you havn't already had your radio re-done, reach inside the glove box and carefully unplug the wire from the jack, but not all the way, if you do, plug it back in but stop short of pushing it all the way in. If you fnd, like we did, that you now get sound from BOTH speakers, the answer should be clear. That JACK IN THE glove BOX, is the culprit. next msg..