Please help the clueless. I have need to remove the factory
cheapo radio in my 2000 Econoline 150. The double DIN faceplate
has four 1/8" holes at its sides. Placing a small screwdriver in
them seems to indicate there are spring clips in them, but I've
gotten no further. Help would be appreciated.
Specifically, I'm trying to ascertain whether there is an
auxiliary input on the radio, so I could patch in a direct XM
Chances are there is no aux input. there is a special tool to remove that
radio but it can be done with a small pick or screwdriver. The clip inside
needs to be pushed inward toward the radio. Just play with it while pulling
on the radio at the same time. I really do think its a wast of time though
looking for an aux input on a stock radio....
Ford Van Car Stereo Removal
Obtain a Ford Radio removal tool from an autoparts store, or, make
your own tool by getting two pieces of stiff wire, about 11 inches
long, from a hardware store. Bend the wires into a U shape with the arms
the same distance apart as the holes are on each side of the radio.
1) Insert the tool into holes on both sides of radio.
2) Push tools slightly to the outside of the car stereo, this releases
the clip/ lock mechanism, pushing them to the side of the
3) Pull unit forward from dash.
4) Remove antenna and electrical connectors.
In a pinch I have used four "3 inch wood nails," but working with the tool
is a lot easier.
What's the secret? I want to remove the radio from my BroncoII so I
can try and fix the dead backlight. I have the trim removed. I tried
shoving nails in the four holes, and also tried a cut metal hanger.
The hanger went really far in, when shoved hard enough with pliers.
However, the radio didn't budge. The wire was really tight in the
holes, requiring the use of pliers to get sufficient grip.
The fear of the Lord leads to life:
Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
Hmm, over $10 just to get the radio out. It's not worth that much to
me. I'd rather just keep a flashlight in the center console to
illuminate the display from in front when needed.
The night before last, though, I discovered that one of my
friend's parents has the tool at their house. He's going to bring it
back the next time he goes home (probably for Thanksgiving break).
It's for a Saab, but maybe it will be close enough to work.
No harm befalls the righteous,
but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
LOL! You certainly gave me a good laugh. I assume you missed my
earlier post where I said that the backlight is dead. Lights on or
off, key on or off, I get no illumination. If the sun shines on it at
the right angle then the dislplay is as bright and clear as can be. A
flashlight makes it just readable. All the other console and stereo
illumination works like it ought. It's not important enough to put
money into, but if I can rig up some lighting cheaply then I will (eg
use some "standard" light bulb or LED; I'll find out when/if I can get
the system out).
A mouse is a device used to point at the xterm you want to type in.
--Kim Alm, a.s.r
Thanks for the speedy replies. Pulling on the radio loosened the
dashplate, which revealed the nature of the spring clips holding
the radio. Then I used 16 penny finish nails to loosen the radio.
But you were correct - the stock unit has no aux. in. IAC the
radio had to come out, though, to make way for its replacement.
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