In my Ford ExplorerEB 2000, the other day just as I started the
vehicle I saw the multifunction LED clock display light up normaly
them immediately fade away. It never came back. No other function of
of Radio or CD is lost, without display there is no clock, and it is
difficult to tune and adjust.
Is this display on a fuse or the whole Radio/CD Changer will have to
be replaced or is there a way to open and take a look, without getting
ripped by the dealer ?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Not sure about the year but if your display was green it may be a florescent
type which isn't an LED but rather an electron tube. It's rare but the
filaments in these can break which is the end of the road for them. In
dealer terms it'd be a radio swap. OTH, your issue could be something to do
with the dimming power source which feeds the radio and the dash lamps. It
could also be as simple as a bad connection to the panel light connector on
the back of the radio. Usually recent Ford radios are easily removed via 4
holes in the front of the unit. Some have made simple tools to do the
extraction but a friendly Ford dealership might help since it only takes a
You are right, the display was green in color, so there was a
florescent tube behind it. The radio unit has four deep holes in
front. I would like taking the radio unit out myself, check for any
disconnection on its back and decide what to do. Dealership always
want me to drop off the vehicle which is very inconvenient.
If you could guide me as to where to get the tools to extract the
radio? I could proceed, and say the unit needs replacement, can I buy
the radio myself and install it. If so, will it be necessary to buy
it from the Dealer ?
What kind of fasteners are it that hold the unit, are the screws?
I would greatly appreciate your help.
The radio comes out very easily. The parts stores will sell you a tool that
you insert in the holes. YOu can use coat hangers tho. Just tilt them so
the part inside the holes tilts toward the radio. This will release a clip
and you can slide it out.
There will be no chance of a loose connection. You'll have to buy the bulb,
which is less than $10 at the dealer. The dealer will be the only place you
can get it.
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