On a 1999 Ford Explorer, the radio does not display the time or the radio
station frequency. Does anyone know what the problem might be?
The radio works -- both the am and fm stations come in clear -- and the CD
player and cassatte players works well, too. However, the time and radio
station display is not illumanated. All the fuses are OK.
Any and all replies would certainly be appreciated.
Most likely the LED backlight is out. you may be able to take it to an
electronics repair center and have them repair it, but it'd be easier, and
cheaper for you to just buy a new radio, or to live with it as-is until it
dies, or decide to replace it (or the vehicle)
It would not be cheaper to buy a new radio. A double DIN
Dual Media (cassette and CD) aftermarket are 300.00, and
if you have a changer, you will lose it, and that price its not installed.
A repair of the power supply board is around 165.00...
Just get it fixed. Its a common problem.
My '95 E150 has two fuses that supply the radio LCD. One supplies 12V
only to the radio LCD when the ignition switch is in ACCY or RUN with
the headlight switch OFF. The other fuse supplies the radio LCD and
instrument cluster lights with the headlight switch ON regardless of the
You may have a defective headlight switch or a broken wire between it
and the radio.
ed collins wrote:
On Wed, 01 Oct 2003 17:37:41 GMT, "ed collins" <emacduffie @
It is likely that the display lamp is burned out as that is
common. If you have some small tools (screwdrivers and
pliers) and can remove the radio, you can replace the lamp
yourself with a bit of patience. Removing the radio will
probably take longer than replacing the lamp. I have
replace several in Ford radios. The lamp itself can be kind
of expensive - up to about $10 depending on how bad they
sense you want it. A dealer may or may not have it
depending on how much they would rather sell you a new
radio. Sorry, I do not hav ethe lamp number handy. You
wuill not need soldering skills to do the job.
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