Get a set of the proper removal tools, they're cheap. They are notched at the
which sets the depth and allows you to pull the radio out with them. If you go
deep the spring clips will often push outward and make the radio tight.
I'm going to stop and do that tonight. Maybe the actual tools will help. I
can already get a good grip on the stereo since there is a crack in the face
of the radio large enough to stick a finger through and yank on. I stick my
tools in, and the thing wiggles, but doesn't come forward. It really feels
like there's a bolt in the center bottom of the stereo, but that runs
contrary to my experience with the Ford DIN system.
I'm puzzled as to why my tools don't work when they sound and feel like they
should. I hope I haven't damaged the retaining clips...
Well, I went and got the "OEM removal tools." They worked instantly!
10 bucks though. :-( Argh!
I don't see much difference between these things and my coat hangers except
thickness. These things are pretty thick. They got the clips on the stereo
very flat whereas my coat hangers got the clips only mostly flat.
So if you try this at home find some really thick-ass wire to begin with, or
pay the 10 dollar entrance fee to the land of "Ford OEM removal tools."
Yup. You spend the ten bux and keep them somewhere you'll not lose them.
I've had my same set for >10 years, and have used them maybe 3 times. It's
definitely worth $3.33 each time to not break a radio. :-)
On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 23:33:01 GMT, "visions of effty"
Fact of life:
Good tools often aren't cheap. Cheap tools often aren't good.
Go buy a good toolbox for your good tools, take care of them, and
they'll likely last you a lifetime - and for another generation or two
into the future.
And have a "Decoy" toolbox with the cheap crap you've collected over
the years - these are the ones you loan out to neighbors and kids when
you may never see them again. Or for the jobs where they're likely to
get damaged or destroyed.
--<< Bruce >>--
Well, you've found out that it costs $10 to pull the radio from a 93 ranger
when you "really" need to pull the radio..( $5 twice, $2.50 for 4 times).
Many folks would seek out someone who has the tools and does it all the time,
only takes a few seconds, right? They squeal when that guy charges them $5. He
paid $10 or more for the tools and it must be paid for by now, certainly.
Basically, I bought the tool and you didn't. You don't want to pay $10 for the
so the charge is $10. It takes tools that I have to buy plus my time, so no free
for those who won't buy the proper tools.
I have a friend that lives in a pretty ghetto apartment complex. He owns an
automotive code reader, you know, a diagnostic computer. Any Saturday or
Sunday he can make money with the thing. He looks for people working on
their cars, and says if you give me 20 bucks, I'll tell you what the
computer thinks is wrong with your car. Cheaper than having a mechanic read
error codes for you. I'm sure he's paid for the thing several times over.
I'm sure I'll eventually get a return on my $10!
The new stereo sounds brilliant compared to the old hunk of Ford junk, btw.
On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 21:59:43 GMT, "visions of effty"
I have done this with nails, drill bits, and the proper tools. It's a
lot easier with the proper tool but it can be done with the others if
you work at it. The problem with the UN-proper tools is that they
don't have the "groove" that catches and helps you pull it out and the
tips aren't pointed so if you go in as far as the proper tool would
you wind up pushing the blunt end of the un-proper tool against the
spring clip and pushing it back out, if you aren't careful you can
bend the spring clips and that makes if very hard to get the radio out
even with the proper tool.
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