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Old 10-05-2003, 04:22 PM
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radio/cd player in 2001 f150

2001 F150 -After using cd player,playing all tracks, the cd is hot enough to almost burn my hand-The radio get very warm to the touch while playing for a couple of hours..The dealer(didnt buy trk there)said "that's normal"....I don't think so..But I'm new to ford trucks and cd players in them--Need some input or advice. Truck still in warranty>thanks...
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Old 10-06-2003, 12:06 PM
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Hi JFB,

I have had a 99 F250 and now a 01 F150 both with in dash CD players, and both do exactly what you describe. I would not worry about it.
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Yeah, they do get pretty hot. I retrofitted a dual media deck to my truck and originally did not remove a piece of plastic above the radio and it over heated. After removing the plastic it hasn't overheated but does get quite hot.

There are alot of heat sources inside the radio and they are not well ventilated. So they do get hot. I don't like it but thats how it is.
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What I find strange is that aftermarket stereos with more power dont run as hot.
I saw that on some newer Ford stereos they actually have a cooling fan built into the top cover now.
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HOT stereo?

the cd/radio on my '01 SCrew gets hot too, since new. No problems until this last weekend. I went to switch from radio to cd and it would not play-ejected cd and put it back in, now it plays. just happened the one time hmmmmm. oh well
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I heard some owners complaining that the fan was "noisy".
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Re: radio/cd player in 2001 f150

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2001 F150 -After using cd player,playing all tracks, the cd is hot enough to almost burn my hand-The radio get very warm to the touch while playing for a couple of hours..The dealer(didnt buy trk there)said "that's normal"....I don't think so..But I'm new to ford trucks and cd players in them--Need some input or advice. Truck still in warranty>thanks...
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Old 10-09-2003, 01:22 AM
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Thanks for all your input.. I guess what is -is. I would have thought that Ford would have "fixed" this "hot" problem some time ago. After all, some people think a radio/cd player is important enough to order when buying a vehicle. The Ford dealer, appaarently, wasn't 'too aware'. Any other "notority"of the 2001 F150 2 x 4 Sport I should look out for??
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Yeah, it's amazing when the dealers act surprised and then you find that everyone with a similar vehicle has the same problem!

I have a 2001 F150 4X2 SC with 4.6, flareside bed, sport, and tow packages. I purchased it new off the lot as the 2002's were coming out. It has 60,000 miles on it now and I've really been very happy with it. Same worry as you on the hot CD, but it still works fine. I don't put labels on my burned CD's out of concern they would come off in the player. I did add a Kenwood sub under the seat and would like to add their component speakers (6x8 plus separate tweeters) when time permits.

Only real problem I've had is with a miss caused by the #4 COP (Coil on Plug) going bad. The OBD II is really great; pinpointed the problem immediately. But I do think these are a weakness. Small thing: the computer didn't seem to like my K&N filter replacement. I've since decided that the K&N is no benefit in this use, and probably lets in slightly more dirt anyway.

Also, the front pads needed replacement at 50,000 miles which seems a little premature, but we do tow a 2 horse trailer and I occasionally load the bed (not when trailering) to the limit.

In this regard you might be interested to know that, apparently as part of their need to cut costs, Ford changed their definition of what a 'super cooling' radiator consists of. I had my dealer change to the 1.5" thick (I think its 3 row) which had been used previously, from the 1" thick now used. There was actually a class action suit in Texas about this. In retrospect, it's probably overkill, but at the time I felt I had been cheated out of something I had paid for!

The need to cut costs does show up in places that seem insignificant, but I guess when you build a bunch of them it adds up. Examples: shorter windshield wipers, shorter floor mats, fewer grease fittings, more unpainted components, deleted shrouds and screw covers, etc.

Nitpicking: the serpentine belt sometimes squeals if I wind the engine out; maybe should be replaced already. AM reception is poor on certain channels (but fortunately, OK for the Cubs!). Trans fluid change every 30,000 miles is a pain, but I do it...that trans better not fail!

Overall, I love my truck; hope yours will be as good. Let me know if further questions come up.

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I had the same issue with #4 COP (Coil on Plug) on my 2001 F150 4.6l SC. it was changed out and vacuum leaks sealed up, but still running rough though. CD player issue is the same for mine, but after the player is too hot, and i eject the cd, it will not accept another one too.
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