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#2 of 29 96 lesabre radio
Aug 20, 2006 (9:58 pm)
I hope someone can help me. I have never had a better car than
a 96 ford escort. I am a older lady and had the opportunity to buy a 96 buick lesabre. I love it, I have had it for 5 months, it is in excellent condition, and has all the bells and whistles. My big problen is the radio. I have a great audio system, casette, cd, great speakers--consert--BUT----I left my lights on the other day, my battery went dead, and I had a friend jump my car. After leaving it run for 20 minutes, I turned it off to see if it would start up again, it did and I took it for a short ride----everthing was back to normal---except NO MORE RADIO--the radio shows no LOC or Inop--it shows NOTHING--did I destroy my wonderful audio system?? Please, please somebody help me, I was so happy having such a nice car.
#3 of 29 Re: 96 lesabre radio [tebonme]
Aug 24, 2006 (7:07 pm)
The good news about the radio is that it can be fixed easily...bad news.. by the dealer. It has the theftlock system in it. If someone steals it out of your car, it would not work unless they had the 3 digit code. The code is made up by the user. If you know who had the car before you they might remember it. Check the owner's manual for it. It will have a whole section devoted to how to unlock the radio. If you are lucky, the previous owner may have written it down in the manual.
#4 of 29 Re: 96 lesabre radio [kcwolfpack59]
Aug 25, 2006 (11:13 am)
Thank you so very much for the advice, I was so afraid that no one would respond to me. The other most important question has to do with the fact that my radio is not showing-- ANYTHING---, I called a dealer, in fact two different places, they both said it was locked, and would cost $90.00 to put it on a computer to find the code---BUT--they also said that the radio should be showing LOC --and it isn't---it shows NOTHING. They said they did not know why it would be showing nothing--it should be showing LOC. Do you have any idea about this, have you ever heard of a radio that shows nothing?? It sounded to me like, this would be another "problem" that they would have to look into, and I am afraid of what they would charge for that. Please let me know what you think. Also, if they did find the code, do they then give it to me so if anything happened again I would have the code ? Thank you again, your reply made me very happy that you would answer me.
#5 of 29 Re: 96 lesabre radio [tebonme]
Aug 25, 2006 (11:35 am)
I think it should be showing LOC also. Is the radio turned on? Maybe you hit the power button and shut it off accidentally?? $90 seems like a lot for such a simple task, but I do know shops have minimum amounts they charge. Try calling around to various GM dealers. There might be someone willing to do it cheaper or free if they think they will win your future business. I would start the conversation like "I'm looking for a good dealer to service my recently acquired car since I can't do any service myself and I am a stickler for good maintenance, and by the way, I have a little problem with my radio.....
#6 of 29 Re: 96 lesabre radio [kcwolfpack59]
Aug 26, 2006 (8:37 am)
Thanks again for your fast reply. I just thought I would mention that when this first happened (2 weeks ago) I had a neighbor, who does not really know anything about cars, check the fuse for the radio---he said the fuse was fine. It was after that I realized about the needed code from the complete owners manual I have. But it is the absence of the LOC that seems another problem. Yes, I have turned the radio on and off--nothing. Now just last night again looking in my manual I realized that there is a seperate fuse for the clock, I thought the radio fuse was for the clock also. I am going to see if the clock fuse maybe blew out---if by chance it did, with a new fuse would that maybe be why I am not getting LOC--maybe if the clock came back on I would see the LOC---what do you think? Also, in the manual in the section that has to do with "Jump Starting", which is what happened, I did get a jump start, and I know the radio was on, there is a notice that says "Your radio could be badly damaged if you leave your radio on " Yeeks, that really scares me---now what do you think? I am going to get the clock fuse checked just to see if it makes a difference. I love this car, like I have said, I have NEVER driven a nice car before, but it really scares me, because this forum shows a lot of expensive problems, My 96 Escort always had cheap problems, no bells or whistles, and if my battery went dead, at least my radio did not dissapear. I don't know if I will be able to keep up with the high maintance. Well, sorry to ramble, I just feel so bad that my radio is gone. You have been a great help, if you have the time, I appreciate your replys..
#7 of 29 Re: 96 lesabre radio [tebonme]
Aug 27, 2006 (2:17 pm)
I have posted all I know to do. It wouldn't hurt to check the clock fuse, it may light the display. I can't imagine a jump start taking out a radio. I suppose if the dealer quoted you a high replacement price, you could find one a big salvage yard but call ahead first and see if they can put it in for you.
I think the Lesabres are pretty good cars. Every car you read about has problems, and ususally people come to these boards and post problems and gripe about their car. If I based buying a car on boards like these web sites, i would be suspicious of every make and model.
#8 of 29 Re: 96 lesabre radio [kcwolfpack59]
Aug 27, 2006 (6:28 pm)
Thanks again for all of your replies, since this has been such a tricky problem, if and when I ever find the answer I will let you know, until then, over and out----Thanks so much.
#9 of 29 Re: 96 lesabre radio [tebonme]
Aug 27, 2006 (6:44 pm)
I looked in my 98 Service Manual. there are three fuses.
MISC/RDO/CLSTR 10 amp # 9C
INTERIO LPS 10 amp # 8B
RADIO 10 amp #8D
This is for a 98 Limited.
The numbers tell the row and the position in the fuse block above the driver's left knee. The A,B,C,D,E tell the column in each row.
You might check for all three if that's the way 1996 was doing it. In the service manual there are a few checks and I looked for no light on display and no sound output. The quick option if you don't have a fuse out or bad connection is that they usually recommend replacing the radio.
#10 of 29 Re: 96 lesabre radio [imidazol97]
Aug 27, 2006 (9:01 pm)
Thanks for the info, I just found this site a few days ago, it sure was a GODSEND, all of the replies I have seen for so many problems like your reply makes it so nice for people like me who know nothing, and have no one to ask. Your greatly appreciated, I really need to look into this problem more, I think the feature of theft detterent is more of a problem then its worth. Thanks again.