By using the "Swap Program" at: www.shareamemory.com/radio
I was able to get my radio fixed without having to go without the radio. The guy sends you out a board to swap. Once you get it and install it, you send your defective one back to him. It only costs me $79.99 (that's with the $10 refund he sends you once you send your old board into him). He also gave a 1 year warranty and was very helpful. He has a moneyback guarantee, however, I didn't have to worry about that. I'm back to enjoying seeing the station I'm tuned to and the time. Also, my AM radio station reception is clear again (yes, I admit to listening to AM talk radio)...another benefit of his swap program. Hope this helps someone.
I also repaired my radio/cd player with the info from shareamemory.com/. The radio still got to hot so i
installed a small computer style 12volt fan behind
the left side of the radio. I hooked the fan to a bolt
at the back of the firewall. I used the ground and
12 volt from the radio power cable.
I've removed the display power supply board and resoldered every connection I could. The display now works about 80% of the time. If it goes out on me again I will try again but this time I'll remove the old solder and apply new instead of just melting the existing solder.
You wanted everything and for you my heart goes out
A good day for me is when the bottom don't fall out
Common problem--caused by heat; I was told the unit is a very high quality unit made by Panasonic; my dealer wanted $150 just to take it out and look at it, and then send it somewhere to "fix"
That somewhere is likely a local independent auto sound shop--and what he does is what has been alluded to above in previous posts--he resolders most of the unit--and at the same time, he'll give it a good cleaning--you can take it out yourself--I wouldn't tackle the resoldering.
Call around -- these guys are very familiar with the problem and prices will vary. One guy I talked to was doing 50 units a week for local dealers
"...the main problem with these radios is a poorly designed convertor board. There are specific updates which have to be performed to keep the problem from happening again. Many Dealers were using our repairs as a cash grab...such as the $400.00 you were quoted! That is why we went to the Internet with our repair service. We have serviced thousands @ the $85.00 charge..."
So I'm not quite sure how well resoldering would take care of the problem. A previous post stated you could by the boards and install them yourself. But since I have no skills in that department I thought it much safer to leave it to the pros!
I should have my radio back by Friday, and I'll post back here to let you know how it goes.
It took 4 days to get there via UPS ground (from Texas to Pennsylvania, check UPS.com for delivery times). He fixed it Monday and shipped it back out to me Tuesday, I got it back Thursday via UPS Blue (I requested, cost $10 more).
Check out eBay.com there are a couple other people auctioning off this same repair. Some more $, some less $.
I was very happy with George, he answered all my questions and concerns quickly via email. I'm just so happy to have a display!
On the tensioner thing. Spoke with my dealer, they said my truck has already had that repair done, so I guess it's just some weird noise, I don't know. I have to get it in to have the right rear ball joint replaced, so they can listen for it then. (Except I seem to be the only one who hears it, so who knows, maybe I'm nuts)
Originally posted by janj I have the same problem w/ my 98 xlt am/fm/cass/cd combo.
Sometime when the Explorer start, the display for radio and time does not come on until 5 mins later. Radio is fully functional, just can't tell what station or mode it's in. Happens at different temp. 40 - 80 degrees. Just annoying to me like the other rattles and squeeks. Any suggestions?
I had this problem on my 97 Sport and I fixed it by moving the delay switch on the rear view mirror to the off position.
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can get instructions to do the display repair yourself at www.shareamemory.com/radio
And if you are not into the do-it-yourself scene on soldering, you can still purchase a new board at that site to fix your problem...no soldering, just a few screws and use of a needle nose pliers.
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