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What Can Happen when a Mobile Radio is Installed Incorrectly                                                                                            Part 3 of our 3-Part Series on Bad Installs

In the two-way radio industry we often see a lot of bad installs, especially with mobile radios. Our Service Department has attended extensive training and has experience installing mobile radios in everything from service vans, heavy machinery, to public safety vehicles. In addition, they know how to properly install for optimal quality. As a follow up to our blog post on The Top 6 Reasons Why a Professional Installation is Worth the Cost, I thought it would be informative to run a series of blog posts on common bad install issues we come across. 

Wiring and mounting a mobile two-way radio to a vehicle is not an easy task. Improper installations can be dangerous and can result in everything from damaging the vehicle airbags to causing interference between the communications equipment and a vehicle’s electronic system. Other common issues with incorrect installation include improper wiring that can actually break or ‘blow’ the radio and incorrect fusing that result in wires in the vehicle catching fire.


The above image is an example of improper wiring of the radio power and ignition sensor. Unfortunately this wiring caught fire and the vehicle was a total write off.

We come across some pretty shocking wiring and mounting in our repairs, and making these repairs often take longer than having had a professional install in the first place. Faulty repairs not only end up costing an inexperienced installer money but throw in the downtime and you start to really see the value in getting it right the first time.

If you already have an existing radio system and would like to learn more about our preventative maintenance program ServicePlus, click here and contact us!

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