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#95 of 282 1997 Ford Explorer Radio Problems
Nov 05, 2008 (6:36 pm)
I have a problem with my 1997 Ford Exploder that is absolutely driving me bonkers, and before I take it to another service shop to have them charge me $300 for not fixing it, I thought I'd post my problem here first.
I have a radio that just gets CRAPPY reception. I mean -- it seems to lose signal power. And strangely enough, this happens slowly, like over the course of four or five months. Local stations that used to come in loud and clear give me only static now. And then -- after about six months of this garbage -- the situation reverses itself. The signal slowly GROWS in strength -- until I have A-1 excellent reception from local and non-local stations.
This great reception will last for approximately six months, and then start that downward slide to static hell again. I'm telling you -- this is driving me nuts. Ford installed some sort of connection between the antenna and radio, promising that would solve the problem, but the static only got louder.
Have any of you had ANY issues with this? Can you provide any help?
The CD player on this thing works fine. It's the only part of the radio that I can rely upon with regularity.
#96 of 282 Re: trying to put cd player in now it doesn't work and neither does radio [pops4]
Nov 06, 2008 (7:11 am)
If you have a premium sound system from the factory and have a sub in the rear, the amp and 2nd part of your radio is located with the sub. I replaced my radio and took the amp, sub and 2nd part of radio out to make more room
#97 of 282 Re: Explorer dash lights came on while wife was driving [jakespoon1]
Jan 04, 2009 (1:07 pm)
Had a similar problem with my 2008 Ford Explorer. The car would die usually in the middle of an intersection-extremely dangerous situation. Had the battery and alternator tested on the vehicle and they checked out ok. The voltage guage would be a little low of middle range. Had a check engine light on which was probably unrelated a oxygen sensor i believe. Car finally died on the side of the interstate and i removed both the battery and the alternator and took them in to be bench tested. Both tested bad or weak on the bench test and i replaced them for about $300. Havent had this problem now for about a year and my wife has been driving it every day.
#98 of 282 a/c issue on a 2003 sport trac
Jan 14, 2009 (10:16 am)
i am having issues w my a/c on my sport trac.....i just found that there is no pomer getting to the a/c comp. i no longer have my manuals and wanted to see which was the relay or fuse that drives the a/c.
#99 of 282 whats with the radio's staying on in these darn things!
Jan 19, 2009 (9:26 pm)
seems many many people have the same problem with the radio staying on while the truck is off... spitting out cds then suckn'em back up again all by itself... its been draining my battery! ugh.. ok so does anyone know for sure what it is? is it the radio? is the the truck sending a signal to the radio? does it help when i punch the face of the radio? (cd's get stuck sometimes and wont eject)... ideas? thanks...
#100 of 282 2004 explorer issues...]
Feb 02, 2009 (1:33 pm)
Maybe someone can help me, I recently bought a used 04 explorer, after I start it the Battery gauge(on the instrument panel)starts to climb to H. When it gets to the H everything on the instrument panel seems to die.. my power windows and locks dont work, my radio doesnt work and all the needles on the instrument panel go as if the car was shut off. I checked the fuses and they all look good. I dont know what else to do...
#101 of 282 Re: whats with the radio's staying on in these darn things! [05sporttrac]
Feb 09, 2009 (6:48 pm)
Hello..I am Having the same problem with my 99 explorer. I have replaced Battery and alt.. And No Help...Couple things to check..Ingnition...And also there is a test to check if their ids a circuit not closing when it should..Its not hard to do but Long to explain..You need a test light remove the Positive cable to batt..link Test light to the cable and the battery..1 by 1 start pulling the fuses in your vehicle when the light goes out that will tell you if you have a circuit not closing..BUT this step didn't work for me Maybe better luck with you..Let me know.. Good Luck
#102 of 282 Re: 2004 explorer issues...] [kline808]
Feb 09, 2009 (6:54 pm)
Sounds Like a Voltage regulator which is in the back of your alt... If you have a volt meter and a haynes book It will tell you the amount of volts you should be having...12 from the Battery and 14-14 with the motor running check it at the vbattery..If this is not helping..There are 3 hook ups at the alt...the single wire should read 1 volt.. the Power wire..attached with the nut at the alt..should read 12 ...Voltage regulators funtion is to stop over charging the system..1 phase is higher range for driving around town the 2nd phase is to limit the ams when on freeway and such so it does not over charge the system..Sounds like yours is over charging..Have it tested alt.. cost 150.. So the should be able to tell you A Normal alt is 14 -15 volts....Good luck
#103 of 282 Re: 92 explorer charging system [keystr]
Feb 09, 2009 (7:09 pm)
Hello..Check the Grounding strap from the Body to your motor..It should be located in the middle of the Fire wall..It is a braided strap..If this ground is Loose or corroded it may cause Blinking Lights..I Had an old mach 1 And always got pulled over because they thought i was flashing my lights at them..lol.. But it was the strap..Hope this Helps
#104 of 282 Electrical Problem dome light and door adjar light stay on
Feb 21, 2009 (9:37 am)
Just want everyone to know. I have a 2003 explorer limited and the door adjar light and dome light would stay on and the drivers side window and power door lock buttons would stop working. After several hours of troubleshooting I found broken wires in the factory wire harness in the middle of the drivers door jamb. It looks like when they installed the harness in the factory the harness got snagged on something and cut 3 wires slightly. After a few years of normal use of the door 2 out of the 3 wires finally separated from each other opening 2 important circuts for the door. I spliced the wires back together and never had an electrical problem since.