Replaced my alternator in my 05 Legacy. Not by a Subaru dealer. Mechanic has worked on the car before. But this time, I saw a display on my radio panel “Call”. It stays on even when the car is not running. Stereo does not work. Previously, it did work.
The Subaru in my area of Quebec province is really bad. I don’t want to have to go to them unless no other options.
Anyone with a clue as to why this message in the stereo?
This is just a guess, but it is very possible that an access code has to be entered in order to be able to use the audio system after its electrical supply was interrupted. The folks at the dealership should be able to help, but first you should look in your Owner’s Manual to see if it mentions an access code.
In addition, you might check online at the Subaru website. Honda used to have a link to instructions on how to reset the audio system after it loses power. In addition to audio, the security system is likely part of the audio electronics. You likely need a code and have to follow a specific procedure to access the code entry screen.
I expect VDC is correct, replacing alternator required disconnecting battery, which disabled radio. This probably seems like a weird feature, but is done by manufacturer to discourage radio theft. The idea is if thief steals radio, they won’t be able to sell it b/c it won’t work w/out the security code. So thieves don’t bother stealing the radio. Thieves could work-a-round this problem if it were easy to get the radio working again without going to dealership and proving who owns the car. Which is why that’s what you 'll likely have to do.
Sometimes the radio/stereo security code is inside the owner’s manual, or on a separate piece of paper stapled to the owner’s manual, or hand-written on the inside cover, etc.
And it it is an aftermarket radio, I still cannot connect my ipod directly into the interface. No bluetooth. Just the 6 cd player. If I want to get fancy I could dust off my ipod 2nd gen and jam it into a holder of sorts that plays over radio air waves while powering up via cigarette lighter. In summary, I think this is the original stereo system.
If you decide to replace the radio, I think there are aftermarket versions available now that will play mp3 files from a usb stick. So if you have a favorite CD, just convert the tracks to mp3’s (using a desktop computer), then transfer to the usb memory stick, good to go, favorite music w/no moving parts. Works for Car Talk audio podcasts too