I have a 97 Taurus with the oval radio faceplate.
I want to put in an aftermarket (conventional shaped)
cd player in the dash. I have two questions.
1. How do you get the faceplate off ?
I see four holes in it, do you insert something
in there ? If so, How deep can you go
without wrecking something ?
2. Is there a good aftermarket faceplate, so I
can install a regular sized cd player ?
Thanks for your help.
1. Use an official Ford radio removal tool or four nails. Remove the A/C
knobs, insert the nails in the holes, push the nails outward to release the
radio latch. The whole assembly slides out.
2. A faceplate that accomodates aftermarket radios is available from Radio
Shack as a special order item.
But it's still not real easy. Your Taurus radio is in the rear of the
car, the dash part is only a remote controller, so you will have to run
the antenna lead, and speaker leads... look at the kits and you will see
the bundle of cables to be run to the back of the car.
Hey on that changer issue, does anyone know where the changer mounts in
a GL wagon ('97 in this case)? The car already has the CD changer
control head installed. Is there anything more to do besides just plug
it in to the car?
On my '98 Sable, I'm planning on getting one of those hard drive units
for the car. I already have my whole CD collection ripped to MP3 on my
computer's hard drive. The unit comes with a hot swap port for your
computer which you install in a 5.25" drive bay. Slide the drive in, and
copy the files as if it's another drive in your system. Pull it out and
slide it in the car. Your whole CD collection on the road with you. And
this one connects in such a way that you can control it with your regular
factory radio buttons. No extra remote control required, which is great.
My goal is to keep the factory look as much as possible. I want to
change out all the speakers in the doors and on the rear deck, as well as
adding some subwoofers to the trunk. Should make for a nice setup that
will hopefully not look too attractive to thieves.
Mike, Now that you have the old radio. please take a look at it. Can
you unbolt the radio itself?? My (7 Wagon the FM side keeps losing
lock so it pops in and out unless I am sitting right next to the
The CD changer on the wagon is located in the rear right hand side
in the cargo area.. Hope that helps
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