radio not displaying time or station

Hi, All
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.
ed.
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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)
Chuck
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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.
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You might try reporting your problem on rec.audio.car also for some more ideas.
I. Care
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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 ignition switch.
You may have a defective headlight switch or a broken wire between it and the radio.
ed collins wrote:

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The display bulb may have burned out.

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On Wed, 01 Oct 2003 17:37:41 GMT, "ed collins" <emacduffie @ comcast.net> wrote:>Hi, All

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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