Chevy Silverado Radio Have No Sound? Here's What You Can Try.

If you have a Chevy Silverado truck and its radio suddenly stopped producing sound, you’re not alone. Plenty of Silverado owners have experienced the same issue.

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It can be frustrating not being able to:

  • Play music on your radio
  • Use the Bluetooth feature to talk on the phone
  • Hear any voice navigation commands

So naturally, you would want to get this issue fixed ASAP. There are a few things you can try:

1. Reset Your Radio

This is the first thing you want to try. Some Silverado owners have tried this, and it worked for them. If you have a MyLink radio, resetting it is pretty easy. It's just as easy as performing a Cadillac CUE hard reset.

You can also try rebooting the radio by removing the fuse. To do this:

  1. Turn off the truck.
  2. Find the radio fuse in the passenger side dash fuse panel.
  3. Unplug the fuse.
  4. Wait about 30 seconds.
  5. Plug it back in.
  6. Turn the truck back on.

2. Check Your Truck’s Battery And Alternator

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It's common for the radio to stop producing sound when the battery or alternator is weak. In this situation, there's enough voltage for the truck to start and run, but the voltage isn't high enough for the radio to work. When you start up the truck, the voltage drops, therefore the radio doesn't get enough power to produce sound. There are plenty of signs that the battery or alternator is weak or dying:

  • The starter making a dragging and/or rapid clicking noise when you turn the key
  • Warning light in the dash
  • The truck not making any noise at all, i.e. turn signals, start up chime, etc.

If you suspect that the battery or alternator is the issue, check the voltage of the battery both when the truck is off and when it is running. When the truck is off, the voltage should be 12.2 or higher. When it is running, the voltage should be 13 or higher.  If you're unable to do this, you can pull the trouble code(s). It may tell you what is wrong.

3. Pull The Trouble Code(s)

If the underlying cause of this issue isn’t clear, you may want to have the trouble code(s) pulled. You can have a GM dealership or an auto parts store do it for you. Or, you can buy a code reader, which are really inexpensive. The trouble code(s) may clue you in on what’s wrong with your truck radio.

In some cases, the problem may be within the control module. In that case, the dealership may reload the software in the control module to fix the problem.

4. Get Your Radio Repaired Or Replaced


If all the other systems look fine, the issue likely lies within your radio. An issue within the unit may render it unable to send out any information to the speakers. Fixing an issue within a radio is quite tricky. That’s why it’s a good idea to either:

  • Replace your radio
  • Leave it to professionals to fix your radio

Either way, ISS Automotive can help. We’re a team of Silverado radio experts who can repair your radio if you send it in. We also offer high quality refurbished Silverado radios, such as:

If you don’t see the part you need, please call us at 800-548-1195 or contact us here.