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RADIO REPAIRS and more...
(this is www.shareamemory.com/radio ...we're just growing into our new web site!)

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YOU MAY WANT TO TRY OUR NEW,

EASIER TO NAVIGATE WEBSITE AT:

index_new.htm

(but the old stuff is still below).

We are in the process of getting it set up at www.FixYourRadio.com

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Repair Your Radio on Ford Explorer & other Fords plus Nissan Quest
(1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 & beyond)
Radio Display - the Fix
(
and now a fix for the Volume control problem and a fix for the CD Eject Error)
You can fix this display!
Figure 1 - Ford/Nissan MACH Radio

If you have any questions about the quality and level of services provided by this web site, I encourage you to contact anyone listed on this web site who have agreed to allow their feedback to be listed.  Ask what they think...especially if you have tried other fixes and now have no display!  And if you have tried it yourself and tired of the soldering (no luck with the "R1057 C1071 R1058 C1083 R1064" repair"), try the  "Save My Sanity" program, click here.  It's a money back guarantee if it doesn't work.

We are not here to spam, spoof, flame, etc. other services.  When you want your radio fixed, we have the support and solutions (we can help when others have failed)...again, our reputation and integrity lies with our customers.

NOTE:  Microsoft's Outlook Express is sometimes set not to allow viewing of attachments due to security issues (this may have been set automatically without your knowledge by Microsoft).  If you are unable to read the attachment that is automatically sent to you once you donate via PayPal (or you do not see an email reply within 10 minutes), try this:  In Outlook Express click Tools, Options, Security and uncheck the box by "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus".  You may re-enable this once you have the chance to get your login and password from the email attachment that is sent.

$19.99
Do It Yourself Instructions
For The Radio Style Pictured in Figure 1 Above
or the radios pictured in Figure 7 & 8 Below
(Ford - Explorer / Expedition / F-150 / F-350 / etc, Escape, Ranger, Nissan - Quest Minivan, Mercury  - Villager / Mountaineer - MACH RDS Radio)
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NOTE DISCLAIMER:  I will not accept liability for anyone's repair attempts.  This information is posted for informational purposes only.  Don't try this without proper training.  Any repair attempts are at your own risk. It may not be the same problem that mine had.  Don't hold me financially liable to any damage or expenses you may incur.  This may void any type of warranty on your radio.  This fix suggestion is not meant to put anyone's audio repair business out of business, etc,...

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Here's feedback on another web site that was inspired by the positive feedback of this one....see www.FixYourFord.com

I just recently installed your console cover on my 1999 Ford Explorer XLT and I couldn't be happier! Not only is it paid off, but it looks and runs great!! I feel lucky to have stumbled across your website and enlightened my self with your selection of common and inexpensive fixes for my SUV! I have many friends with around the same year model of Explorer who are excited to use your product as well!! Thank you very much..

M Bird Texas -  mbird26@NOSPAMhotmail.com
Fort Worth, TX

And here's another web site.... www.AnyoneCanFixIt.com.  This web site is set up to provide a variety of solutions, with detailed step-by-step pictures to fix common issues, like ice maker repairs, television tube brightness, etc.

 

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ALSO FIXES FOR OTHER RADIOS...See Details Below

Ford Edge 2007 '07 Radio Display REPAIR


Figure 1.01 - Ford Edge 2007 Radio - Blank Display Repair

 

Ford 6 Disc CD Error REPAIR


Figure 1.02 - Ford 6 Disc CD with Needing 6 Disc CD ERROR Repair
 

 

Ford Expedition / Lincoln Town Car / Lincoln Navigator with Cassette


Figure 1.03 - Expedition, Town Car, Navigator Radio with Cassette with remote CD Controls and RDS Feature
 

Ford Expedition / Lincoln Town Car / Lincoln Navigator with CD

Figure 1.04 - Expedition, Town Car, Navigator Radio with CD and RDS Feature

 

Ford Expedition and/or Explorer
Radio with Cassette and remote CD Changer controls

You can fix this display!
Figure 1.05 - Expedition, Explorer Radio with Cassette with remote CD Controls
(this radio from a 1997 model year)
 

RADIO DISPLAY REPAIR for 1988-1996 Ford Radios

Figure 1.06 - Inoperative Ford Radio Display 1988-1996


Chrysler / Jeep Radio Display Repair

You can fix this display!
Figure 1.1 - Chrylser / Jeep Radio

Honda Radio
Fix this display and/or static problems!
Figure 1.2 - Honda Civic Radio


Nissan Pathfinder 2000-2001 6 Disc CD Changer
This can be fixed! Send this in to repair
Figure 1.3 - Nissan Pathfinder '00, '01 Radio / CD Changer


Nissan '93, '94 (ex. Maxima) Radio

Figure 1.35 - Nissan 93, 93 Radio

The radio in Figure 1.35 might have the number CN571 on the cassette tape door or a part number on the label that is PN-2090D.

NOW AVAILABLE!: Do-It-Yourself instructions for intermittent display, intermittent operation, erratic shutdown, and blank display issues of this radio.  Radio removal should be similar to http://www.shareamemory.com/radio/maxima96

Use the PayPal Icons below to make your payment for the do-it-yourself instructions for the repair of the Erratic Operation / No Display for the '93 / '94 Nissan Radio CN571, PN-2090D pictured in Figure 1.35 above...

$19.99
For The Radio Style Pictured in Figure 1.35 Above
Repair Instructions for Erratic Operation / No Display for '93 / '94 Nissan Radio
('93, '94 Nissan Radio CN571, PN-2090D)
 


 

Nissan '95, '96 (ex. Maxima) Radio

Figure 1.4 - Nissan 95, 96 Radio

See REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS for the Nissan radio in Fig. 1.4 at...
http://www.shareamemory.com/radio/maxima96

The radio in Figure 1.4 might have the number CN503 on the cassette tape door or a part number on the label that is PN-2083D.

NOW AVAILABLE! : Do-It-Yourself repair instructions for the CD Errors (CD Err message, etc.) are now available for the radio pictured in Figure 1.4.  See details at the end of the web pages at http://www.shareamemory.com/radio/maxima96

NOW AVAILABLE!: Do-It-Yourself instructions for intermittent display, intermittent operation, erratic shutdown, and blank display issues.  See details at the bottom of the web pages at http://www.shareamemory.com/radio/maxima96
 

Nissan Maxima 2002 Radio

Figure 1.5 - Nissan 2002 Maxima Radio and
Infiniti Series Vehicles (ex. Infiniti G35)
 

See REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS for the Nissan radio in Fig. 1.5 at...
http://www.shareamemory.com/radio/03_maxima_rem/index.htm

 

And now adding a DVD player repair...

DVD Player
Onkyo - Fix it!
Figure 1.6 - Onkyo DV-C601 DVD / Video CD / CD Changer

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See what people are saying about this Fix...Click here.

Postings of praise by our patrons has made us tops in the Google search for "Ford Radio Display"....Thanks to all that have helped spread the joy!

FEEDBACK OF THE WEEK...

No Electronic Experience Necessary on the Save My Sanity Program...
Duane,
My radio works great.  I removed the after-market unit I had in my Explorer as a quick fix long ago and reinstalled the factory one.  As a result, I can use the radio controls on my steering wheel as well as the 6-disc changer in the armrest once again. 
 
The step-by-step instructions and large photographs of the Save my Sanity program made the board switch very easy.  The whole thing took five minutes.  I am an investment banker, not an electrician or engineer, and this required no special skills or knowledge at all.  I recommend your radio fix to anyone (including Ford).
 
Thanks,
Doug - dmh7s@NOSPAMhotmail.com (remove the NOSPAM for a valid email address)
Washington DC
 

Feedback from using the Save My Sanity with the DIN tool option...
Duane,
Just finished fixing my radio. Everything went very smoothly. Your website help was awesome! I just sent out my old board and removal tools priority mail with delivery confirmation so you should get them early next week.

Thank You!
Michael McConnell - 88keyster@NOSPAMmchsi.com (remove the NOSPAM for a valid email address)
Dwight, IL
 

Empowering the people of all ages...
Hey Duane,
I got the new board for my '99 explorer, put it in and it works great! Got my refund today for the old board I sent back to you. What a great program...keep up the good work. You rock!
Thanks again,
Patty - pattyd814@NOSPAMmsn.com (remove the NOSPAM for a valid email address)

Upon asking permission to use Patty's feedback above, here's an additional comment I got...

Hi Duane,
Yes, you may use my feedback on your website but let me add that my husband was impressed as well that his almost 59 year old wife could complete the job with your great instructions.
Thanks again,
Patty - pattyd814@NOSPAMmsn.com
Sequim, WA

 

The Experience that I Hope Everyone Achieves...
Duane,

I just wanted to send you an email to say thanks again! I wish I had found your solution for the burnt out Mercury radio display a couple of years ago, it worked perfectly and was as easy to install as your advertisements suggested.

For anyone who has been putting up with the blank display and getting various expensive solutions suggested by dealers, salvage yards or others.... you need to talk to Duane! I started with the DIY fix but realized immediately that I didn't have the skill, steady hand or eyesight required to do the soldering myself. Duane painlessly upgraded me to the "Save Your Sanity" solution and even credited me for the first $20 I spent! The new board arrived quickly and within 20 minutes I was up and running with a full display!

As well as a cost-effective solution that works you get good instructions, great communication and (in my opinion) genuine interest in making sure you are a satisfied customer. I highly recommend that anyone looking to fix their blank radio display give Duane a try, I believe you will be very happy that you did.

Dave Thomas - Mandarindave@NOSPAMaol.com
Jacksonville, FL
 

Saved over $150 and Satisfied...
Duane,
You can add me to your list of extremely satisfied customers. Like many others, it was over a year that the display in my wife's 2000 Mercury Mountaineer was going bad. I took it to the dealer and they could not fix it, instead giving me the lame brame excuse about preprogramming the stations and leaving it that way or paying over $400 for a new radio. I did not desire to cough up $400+ for a new radio. I recently bought my wife a Lincoln Aviator and I am now driving the Mountaineer. I could not drive without the display it was driving me crazy. I surfed the web and I was about to buy a new radio for about $250 when I came across your web site. You have saved me over $150 and I am very happy. Keep up the great service and work.

Satisfied Customer
Peter Farquharson - pfarquharson@NOSPAMbuckeye-express.com
Rossford, OH.
 

Follow up on the Radio Repair Service...
Duane,
I wanted to sent you an E-mail and let you know how you are doing. I elected to buy of the new boards from your company. I received the new board promptly in the mail. I was experienced in removing Ford devices (Heater/AC controls in '94 T-Bird) and I had the removal tools. The radio removal was the most tedious taking 20 minutes and my wife's help.

Your Website instructions were well worth the money and made things so easy. After completion of the power supply installation and generally inspecting the radio for any dust and dirt (none) I was off to slip the radio back in. As confident I was so far, I installed the radio and then powered it up and Wah-LA...there was the "12:00" in the display. Your instructions with the RDS function came in handy too. I have misplaced my Ford Radio book but everything is working great, RDS function is working and my wife is very happy.

I returned the old board on the 10th and had my refund on the 13th. Could not have asked for anything better. I would recommend your company to anyone.

It won't be to much longer and I will be ordering a console cover. Mine has a crack and the problem is developing.

And "Thanks" again for the other instructions on my 1988 Ford Pickup. It is so nice to see the time and radio station you are on. Now if I could get the drivers window to quit getting stuck at the top.

Thanks again,
Jim - bluoval@NOSPAMcox.net
Norman, OK
 

Having 2 girls to raise, I love getting these emails that highlight "Girl Power"...
Duane,

Thank you so much for your Swap Board Program. We have a 2000 Nissan Quest and the display has been out for two years. This is my husband's vehicle and he deployed last year and I had to drive the van so it would not just sit. It was so annoying to me not to see the display. After seeing your web site about 6 months ago, I knew it could be fixed. The only problem was who was going to fix it. I finally got up the nerve to order the swap board and as it was on it's way, I spent time giving myself reasons why I can't do it. I received the board last Friday. I got up the nerve on Saturday to get it done. I want to thank you for the clear instructions, the mission was successful. I had the radio out, board replaced, and back in the van in an hour. First thing Monday morning I sent the old board to you.

When my husband comes home, he is going to be surprised. First of all the display now works and I now have the confidence to put new speakers in the van for him.

Kathy
XGIJane@NOSPAMaol.com

Thanks for the comments.  Keep them coming...I love showing them to my wife...though, I think she gets tired of the ego it gives me...

Duane,
You are awesome.  Worked like a charm.  Great online purchase, packaging, delivery, instructions, everything was perfect.  You are a genius.  Thanks for everything.  Post me on your web site as a testimonial if you want.

Thanks again,

Joe Thyer - joseph.thyer@NOSPAMhbo.com


What a former Ford Automotive Technician says (by the way, you don't even need to know what a resistor is to do this repair...the pictures show you what you need to know)...
Dear Duane,

BIG THANKS! Your instructions were perfect - I skipped most of the solder points and went straight to the resistors marked in yellow in your diagram. Paid at 5:10 PM... radio back in truck and working perfectly by 5:36 PM. Radio fixed in only 26 minutes (includes time to email you, too)

BTW, I am a former Ford automotive electrician.... your instruction diagrams are better than the ones Ford provides its service technicians.

Again, THANKS!

Best regards,
Stuart Winsor
stuart@NOSPAMgdzer0.com
 

As this customer claims "100% 'STERLING' service"...

Duane..
Thank you very much for a fix to a very annoying problem with my radio.  Everything from start to finish has been first class. The ordering process, shipping, installation instructions, return mailing prep. I can not believe how quickly the swap went.   Removed radio,changed the board, re-installed radio, set the clock, programmed the stations, and return mailed the board and tools in one hour and ten minutes !!!
I live only two blocks from the post office. What can I say "Ya Hoo", my display works. Thats just too cool. My son,( he's 13) said "Wow Dad", I guess that means it was OK. You should have the tools and old board by now.
Again, thanks for everything. I have been telling everyone I know about
your "SUPER SERVICE".

Creig W.
 

Take 20 minutes, be reunited with your green, glowing radio display...

Duane,
I got the board in the mail yesterday. Yanked out the radio and put the new board in place. Back in the dash and WA-LA..... I love the way it actually shows what radio station i'm on now!! The whole thing took less than 20 minutes. Thanks for the fix!! The old boards on it way back in the mail later today.

Darrell - dj__13@NOSPAMhotmail.com


How to make your woman happy...

Duane, we are making sure everyone we know knows about your service. my husband put that thing together slapped it in the car and voila it worked! thanks for your good service. we are 100% satisfied.

katy ritz-beck - katylady913@NOSPAMsbcglobal.net


Become the Master and Commander of your World...

Duane--
Thanks to you, I've fixed my wife's radio, saved hundreds of dollars, bolstered my self esteem, and now, I am again, the Master and Commander of my World. Thanks!

reidr@NOSPAMatt.net
 

This is what this web site and service is all about...

Duane,
Thanks for the quick and accurate response. The link you sent was the exact radio as the one in my 2000 Expedition. Thanks for taking the time to create an option for people like me to try and fix our own radios instead of getting gouged by the Ford dealerships or radio repair shops. Now for my story. Our 2000 model Expedition front panel display started acting up about six months ago. Sometimes it was on when the car was started, then gradually faded out. I could push on the display on occasion, and it would come back on, only to go back off after a few minutes. Eventually, it got to where it would never come on. All other radio functions worked fine. I had talked to the service dept. at the Ford dealership nearest my home, and was told the same crap as they tell everybody else, "we are not aware of any defect in the radios, and we do not repair them. You can buy a new one, or give the radio to a private radio repair man that comes by in the evenings. He will take the radio, repair it if possible, and bring it back". Cost estimated at $150.00 to $250.00. Time factor could be a week, to who knows, a year? We finally got tired of the problem and decided to get it fixed. Anyway, I did not see any other option than to remove the radio and take it to the dealership. I had already taken my radio out and was planning on taking it to a nearby dealership for repair. I'm the kind of person who likes to do my research and have my "ducks in a row" before spending my money, so I did some surfing on the net about the subject. Of all the sites and forums I found, several knew of the solder fix for my problem, but the only one I could find that offered a step-by-step solution with detailed pictures was www.shareamemory.com/radio . I am no soldering expert, but I am pretty mechanically inclined, so I decided to tackle the job by myself. I am very skeptical about purchasing anything over the internet, but I decided to take the risk to save some money. I went to the website and for $20.00 (cost for the instructions) plus the solder (I already had the soldering iron) and solder removing braid, I was able to repair the radio (under $30.00 total). Guess what! The gamble worked! The radio works fine and the display is back. I did run into one problem. The instructions I purchased did not match my radio exactly, so I e-mailed Mr. Harrison directly. Not only was his response timely, but he supplied me with the exact information I requested. I have only praise for Mr.. Harrison and his web site, and would recommend it to anyone. Thanks again Duane, and feel free to use this review to let people know about the great service you provide.

Sincerely,
Ryan Johnson - rjohnson2121@NOSPAMhouston.rr.com

Save My Sanity Praise...

I hope this comment gets posted. I am extremely grateful at the solution provided by Duane. I have owned my 2000 Ford Explorer for a couple of years now (I bought it used) and the only thing that really took away from it this entire time was the fact that the display never worked. Well, I did some searching on the web and I came across this website. I contacted a few people to check it out and I got raving responses so I decided to try it myself. At worst, I would have spent 84 bucks for a solution that didn't work. Well, it turns out to be the best 84 bucks that I've spent in a long time. Just as others told me, the entire repair took literally 23 minutes (I timed myself). I am thoroughly disappointed in Ford on this issue. I love my car but I would have been charged $450.00 by an independent contractor (Ford doesn't even fix this problem themselves anymore)to fix a problem that literally cost less than $100. I give you infinite thanks, Duane. You really have saved my sanity.

Ian - NemoesseNOSPAM2000@yahoo.com
Austin TX


A Broken Nail, but a Satisfied Save My Sanity Customer...

Thank you soooooooooo much!!!  I happened upon your website while searching for the fix to another problem on my '99 Ford Explorer.  I showed my husband the information and "begged" him to let me try the radio fix.  He said I could, so I immediately bought the new board, and rented the removal tools.  I just received it today (I hate Post Office holidays!!) and couldn't wait until my husband came home from work with my truck.  Right after supper, I started the procedure.  In between helping our daughter with her homework and talking to my dad about his hunting trip, I was able to change out the board with little help from my husband.  After all... it's my truck..=)  We just plugged the stereo back in and..... IT WORKS!!!!!!! YEEEE HAAAA   It's so nice to be able to have the read out again!!!  And.. I only broke one finger nail...  LOL 
Thanks again!!!

Deanna Tompkins
Kasson, MN


A Save My Sanity Customer...

Duane,

I received the part yesterday and followed your very detailed instructions on how to replace it. Once I pulled the radio out, it took only about ten minutes to replace the part and install the radio back into the dash. Need less to say, my radio display is now working and I could not be more pleased! My swap part has been mailed to you as of this afternoon so you should hopefully receive it early next week.

You provide an excellent service for a pesky annoyance.

Thank you very much,
J.J. Means - meansjj@NOSPAMhotmail.com
Murphy, TX
 


It's the feedback that keeps us smiling, knowing we are helping....

Hi Duane,
I just want to say how much I appreciate your help in repairing my problem.  When I bought my 2000 Mercury Mountaineer about a year ago the radio - clock display worked erratically like so many others that I read about.

I found your web site several months ago but to be honest with you I was skeptical.
After getting annoyed enough at not knowing the station I was on or the CD track number I decided to give you a chance at helping me.  That was the best decision that I ever made with my vehicle.  The "Save My Sanity" program was a snap for me to do. 

As a woman I was worried at first but your simple instructions were so easy to follow.
Personally I recommend buying the radio removal tool over the hand made one.  The total time it took me from removing the radio to replacing the board to reinstalling the radio was less than a half an hour.

I was mostly impressed at how promptly you sent me the new board and refunding me my deposit.  I "HIGHLY" recommend you to anyone with this problem.  It is great seeing that display again.  I wish you continued good luck and feel free to use my positive comments.

Thanks again.
Karen B. - sing1forme@NOSPAMmsn.com
 

Feedback from a Chrysler/Jeep radio repair...

Hi Duane,
Thank you for responding so quickly. No, I didn't scroll down far enough and YES, that is the radio that I have. Your instructions are PERFECT! Your pictures are PERFECT! I have the radio repaired and installed in less than 1 Hour. The same resister that you had problems with is the one that I had to re solder the outside leg on. I can not thank you enough for how you have helped me do this repair myself. I have your web site book marked and I will be sharing your site with my friends. Your price is more than fair and reasonable. I must say that I was a little skeptical at first, but after reviewing all of your testimonials and initial directions I decided to give it a try. BOY AM I GLAD I DID!!! Thank you again and again. You are doing a great job with your web site and I hope that you succeed greatly with it and life.

My Best Regards and many thanks again,
Michael Haas - michael.w.haas@NOSPAMjuno.com
 


From someone not afraid to take on the challenge...

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for your website. I just bought a used 98 Explorer and the display didn't work at all, but thanks to your site I was able to fix it on my own!

I think it's notable to mention that I am a 24 year old single mother of three children, and I had absolutely no trouble with your instructions, even though I have no prior soldering/electrical experience.

I really encourage everybody to give it a try, if I can do it I'm sure anybody can.

Amanda - aelpern@NOSPAMearthlink.net


We have made many friends in Canada; here's what one had to say...

Dear Mr. Harrison

I would like to thank you for the save my sanity program. I purchased the 99 Explorer with this problem but problem solved with the board swap and it's quite distracting driving, seeing the display for the first time. The how too's on your web site are very helpful. I recieved the board in six business days by snail mail and I live in Woodbridge, Ontario Canada. I encourage anyone how is having this problem to use this service especially the Canucks there are no gimmicks here just fixes.

THANKS AGAIN,

Ritch
 

Used the "Save Your Sanity" Program with the Tools Included Option...

What a fabulous service you provide!!  I had been without a display on my radio in my 1999 Ford Explorer for quite some time and it was very frustrating.  The service department at the Ford dealership told me that it couldn't be fixed I needed a new radio!  The Save My Sanity program was so easy.  The step by step directions you provide are perfect.  You even made it easy for us to mail our broken board to you.  Duane, you should not only be very proud of the work you do, but in how you do it.  Thanks!!

Suzanne & Barry Miller
suzannemiller@nospamoptonline.net
Dix Hills, NY


Several different ways to help...

Duane,
What can I say? You da man! After I got done screwing around and tried your solution, the stereo is now fixed and working well. Display is just fine now. I just noticed your other site, www.fixyourford.com. Man, wish I had known about it sometime back. Here's why.

* The vehicle is hard to start. It will start if you push on the gas pedal, but then will die immediately when you let off the gas (Idle Air Control). Basically, the
vehicle will not idle...a simple fix.

- Had this one. Spent a couple of hundred dollars for dealer to completely
clean out fuel injection system and throw in a new battery. Yeah, dumb ass
me.
* If your gas pedal is sticking just ever so slightly so that when you first start pushing the accelerator, it's wanting to surge ahead...a simple fix.
- Got this one now. Will be dealing with it real soon.
* The rear wiper stops working
- This one is the real kicker. It happened to me. They replaced the wiper
motor. I got it back. Worked the first time I turned it on. Second try it
died again. Took it back. Dealer claimed some "gen module" was out. I
asked what this was. Reply was basically everything electrical flows
through this item. I said, Ok, if everything electrical flows through it
and it's bad, why is it that the only thing I have going wrong is the
windshield wiper stopped working. "Well, ya know, it's probably just one of
the circuits". Fine, sounds like bs, but I want it fixed. Couple hundred
later it's all working.

Then the other one I've got is the ABS light is on all the time. With a
little research, I've found that this is generally the sensor on the rear
axle. I'm going to replace that soon. Hopefully that will take care of it,
especially since it started engaging the abs on occasion (specifically the
first slow stop or two. Never does it on hard brake). At any rate, thanks again!

Regards,

David Iungerich


Self-Proclaimed "World Class Skeptic" got it with the "Save My Sanity" program...

Duane,

You are to be commended and probably praised for your program. I am a world class skeptic, but after having driven, an otherwise perfect vehicle, with a blank radio display screen for over a year I was ready to try almost anything. Your knowledge base convinced me that you had identified the flaw in the radio...it works like a champ. I haven't been so excited about something this trivial in a long time. Your thoroughness, support, ease of doing business with, and follow up are unparalleled.

Thank you for a working radio display and for delivering what you promised.

Sincerely,
Ken Blackburn - KCB2003@NOSPAMcomcast.net
Nashville, TN


A wife takes on the "Save My Sanity" program...

Duane:
I was finally able to get around to fixing my radio just recently.  (Holidays prevented me from getting around to it before.) I was kind of hoping that if I hinted enough to my son (age 21 who is quite mechanically inclined --- he works on jet engines for the Air Force) while he was home on leave for Christmas that he might install the new board in my radio and get it working for me. No such luck! So, I decided I would just do it myself.
I went out on a nice rainy Sunday morning to my car, took all my little tools and your very detailed instructions, and went to work. My husband would peek in the window at me every now and then and just shake his headHe was wondering how long it would be before I gave up and we just went and had a new stereo installed. (He was positive that I would mess things up so badly that it would require a new radio. This from a man who is not mechanically inclined and believes everything can be put back in working condition with duct tape and rubber bands.) Even a neighbor stopped by to shake his head at my efforts. A couple of hours (and more than a few interruptions) later, IT WAS FIXED AND WORKING! Your instructions were absolutely great. So very detailed with the pictures. I can't thank you enough. My husband was in total awe that I had accomplished this without his assistance. Taught him a lesson!!!

Thank you again for your wonderful assistance. It was well worth the money!  I have recommended you to a number of people on a Ford web board who were having the same problems.

Thanks again!!!

Linda Heinrich
linda.heinrich@NOSPAMverizon.net

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All instructions include numerous detailed pictures documenting the step-by-step procedures to complete the radio repair yourself.  You are guided through each step with a picture (or multi pictures) so you know exactly what you should be doing throughout the process.  Arrows highlight the pictures to point out the details with each step.

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Now "the Fix" gives you the opportunity to participate in the Swap Program if you are unable to make the repair yourself.  The Swap Program is set up to allow  those who are not able to get the repair themselves to pay $79.99 and get an already modified board sent to you.  You swap your non-working board with the working board and you're back in business with a display...no soldering, no shipping your radio with all that added shipping cost, no time without your radio.  You just need to be able to remove and disassemble your radio (instructions will be provided...heck, if you've got to remove your radio to ship it off, you've already done the hardest part of the task in the Swap Program).  All money back guaranteed.  One year warranty included.  So even if you try "the Fix" yourself and do not have success, you may participate in the Swap Program (as long as you have not scrubbed the board with a wire brush like has been posted on some web sites and newsgroups or if you have drilled holes in the board...these won't permanently fix your display problem)The Swap program above for $79.99 is for those who have already contributed $19.99 and tried the fix according to the directions detailed in "the Fix."

If you would like to fix your radio without doing the soldering and you have the ability to remove some screws and able to use a pair of needle nose pliers, then there is the "Save My Sanity" Repair Program...the cost is only $89.99...less than the dealer, no need to risk sending your radio in, no going without your radio for weeks while you wait for your radio to be returned (no radio in my car will drive me nuts), no shipping charges in the continental US, no sending your radio in for a $45 repair only to find out that you don't have the "typical" blank radio display problem and now the charges are $250.  These services are money back guaranteed...if it doesn't work, return the board for a refund.  One year warranty included.  Send me an email (just click here dharrison@ab-tech-inc.com) for details on how to participate in this non-soldering program.  Again, if you are going to have to remove the radio to ship it off for the repair, you've already done the hardest part by removing it from the dash.  See more details in the description of the "Save My Sanity" program, click here.

To use PayPal for the "Save My Sanity" program, click here

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CAUTION - Consumer Beware

If you are looking to buy a new Ford/Nissan MACH radio to replace your existing radio (instead of having it repaired...I don't know why, it really can be quite easy to fix), then do be aware that there are two radios that look identical but are drastically different.  The MACH radio has the RDS function (Radio Data System) which is a superior radio.  There is another cheaper model radio that does not have the RDS function.  The easiest way to tell the two apart is that the superior MACH radio will have the RDS button, the cheaper radio just has a CLK button.


Figure 2 - Non-RDS vs RDS MACH Radio


Figure 2.1 - RDS MACH Radio with RDS Button
(RDS - Radio Data System scrolling the Artist and Song Title...in this case Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight)

Note the cheaper radio just has "CLK" on the button pointed to by the yellow arrow in the picture above.  The MACH RDS radios have "RDS" and a clock symbol (or "CLK" and "RDS").  I have seen these cheaper radio passed off on Ebay as the more expensive MACH radios (they will put up a real blurry picture of the radio in which you can't make out the "RDS" on the button)...ask before you bid and buy...or just have your own unit fixed here. I have also known dealers to swap out the RDS radio with a cheaper model.  CONSUMER BEWARE.

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By the way, if you are looking at doing one of these do it yourself repairs and you have already been doing some digging around on the boards within the radio, you may have ran across this type of burned spot on a board within your radio as shown in Figure 2.12 below.  If you have found this and/or have had someone look at it and saw the display with the burnt mark on it as seen below in Figure 2.12...don't worry, it's not a problem!  This is not a cause of your display being out...this is a normal mark on one of this fluorescent displays and is just a part of the manufacturing process to seal these tubes. DON' T LET SOME TECHNICIAN TELL YOU DIFFERENTLY!

Figure Figure 2.12 - Burnt Spot - NOT A PROBLEM

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Check out the new web site inspired by the feedback from this one...
www.fixyourford.com

See the new Console Repair Kit for the FORD '95-'00 EXPLORERS (and maybe more) at www.fixyourford.com


Figure 3 - Console Repair Kits (Before and After)

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Now fixing the CD Eject Error problem!  If you are having the CD Eject problem on the MACH Dual Media (CD/Tape) Radio (as shown in the picture below), for $19.99, you can get access to the instructions to fix it yourself.  The only tools required are a phillips head screw driver, precision screw driver (small screw driver), and an eraser (like on the end of any typical pencil).   Send an email if you are interested in this service or go to the PayPal payment page to contribute and get immediate access.


Figure 4 - CD Eject Error Message

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ALL 50 STATES REACHED!

It had been a goal to reach all 50 states in helping people fix their own radio.  Vermont was the longest hold out, however, as of November 2003, this site has successfully assisted people in all 50 states to fix their radios.  It has also reached Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Germany, Switzerland, and even one in China (I'm not sure how China got involved, but they did).

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The Fix - Display and/or Volume (For Ford / Mercury / Nissan Quest radios)

"The Fix" contains numerous photos with details and explanations of how to go about fixing your blank display or your volume control.  With minimal supplies (much of which you may already have, if not, they are easily purchased at Radio Shack and Wal-Mart...see my list below) you will be on your way to fixing the blank display problem yourself.  This is a permanent fix...not the temporary 1-2 hour fix that has been posted in various chat rooms and news groups that you may get by cleaning and scrubbing a board within the radio.

Also, it has been reported by several repairers that this display repair has fixed the problem of poor AM reception (yes, there are still people using the AM stations).  The improvement of your AM reception is typically a benefit of properly fixing your display.

If you have had your radio repaired in the past and now experiencing the blank display syndrome again, this Fix will correct your problem permanently.  The new boards that are being sold will eventually develop the same problem (probably about 80% of the time) and you'll be back where you started.

The volume control fix requires you to order an additional part for less than $26 ($20.50 part + $5.50 shipping...I provide you with the information on where and what to order), but the volume fix is extremely easy to accomplish yourself.

 

Did your radio used to look like this...

(sorry...I am not a professional photographer.  I make do with what I have.)
Figure 5 - Working Ford MACH Radio (Nissan Quest, Etc)

Does it now look like this even when turned on?...

Figure 6 - Common Inoperative Ford/Nissan Quest Radio Display

NOTE:  Microsoft's Outlook Express is sometimes set not to allow viewing of attachments due to security issues (this may have been set automatically without your knowledge by Microsoft).  If you are unable to read the attachment that is automatically sent to you once you donate via PayPal (or you do not see an email reply within 10 minutes), try this:  In Outlook Express click Tools, Options, Security and uncheck the box by "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus".  You may re-enable this once you have the chance to get your login and password from the email attachment that is sent.

If you have a yahoo.com email address, make sure to check your spam folder...seems like yahoo.com likes to stick my emails in there.
 



$19.99
For The Radio Style Pictured in Figure 5 & 6 Above
(Ford - Explorer / Expedition / F-150 / F-350 / etc, Escape, Ranger, Nissan - Quest Minivan, Mercury  - Villager / Mountaineer - MACH RDS Radio)
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NOTE:
Your login and password will be immediately sent to the email address that is registered with your PayPal account.  If this is not the proper email address you want the login and password sent to, please send a note with the proper email address, however, there will be a delay as the email will have to be manually processed.  If you want to avoid any delay, make sure your PayPal email address is correct.

MAKE SURE YOUR EMAIL IS CURRENT AND CORRECT IN PAYPAL TO AVOID DELAY ON DELIVERY OF YOUR LOGIN AND PASSWORD. 

Also, Microsoft's Outlook Express is sometimes set not to allow viewing of attachments due to security issues (this may have been set automatically without your knowledge by Microsoft...it is the default setting of Outlook).  If you are unable to read the attachment that is automatically sent to you once you donate via PayPal (or you do not see an email reply within 10 minutes), try this:  In Outlook Express click Tools, Options, Security and uncheck the box by "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus".  You may re-enable this once you have the chance to get your login and password from the email attachment that is sent.

You may check the status of the server that supplies the password from PayPal by sending an email with the subject "Check Radio Repair Server Status" to server@ab-tech-inc.com.  You should receive an email reply back within minutes showing the server is active (if you do not receive a reply, there may be a delay in processing your login due to technical difficulties, but it will still be accepted).  This will also give you an idea on how fast you should receive your personal login and password.

These radios may be found in the following vehicles: Explorer, F150, F250, F350, F450, F550, Mercury Mountaineer, Grand Marquis, Ranger, Econoline Van, Crown Victoria, Escape, Winstar, Lincoln Blackwood, Lincoln Town Car, Mazda B-series Trucks, Nissan Quest, and Tribute.

The display problem is common over Ford Explorers including model years 97, 98, 99, and 2000.  In 2001 and beyond they have improved their problem, however, there is still an issue in which these radios will also start to fail (or if you have had your radio repaired by the dealer, you're likely to experience the same problem again).  The problem is just plain and simple...the radio display goes blank (or fades in and out)...everything works...it is frustrating not knowing what station is playing or what time it is.  I consider my own Explorer "pampered"...it's always in a garage when not in use...not exposed to much extremes in temperature, for the most part (though we put a lot of miles on it when it was used in my sales position), so I anticipate this is an even more common problem with others who may leave their Explorer outside. 

If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, contact me at the email listed - dharrison@ab-tech-inc.com.  We repair radios for those who don't feel comfortable doing it themselves ($119.99 plus shipping for the typical blank display problem...it's less than the $455 that I was quoted). You will be having your radio repaired by a degreed Electrical Engineer with over 20 years experience in electronics. 

If your radio is a having other issues, please contact us for an estimate on other repairs.  The typical repairs on issues of these radios can be done for $149.99 or less (plus shipping). 

In the past I have had this site up on the "Honor System."  I had asked for a donation if you used this information and were able to get your radio back in working order.  Well, the reality of the "Honor System" is that it didn't quite hold up.  For over 6 months, I had gotten over 3000 hits to the web site, I saw numerous posting in chat rooms of people having success with the information provided in this web site, however, the donations were not supporting the effort I was putting into updating the information on the web site and personally responding to everyone that wrote me with questions (and the donations in no way reflected the amount of hits I was tracking).  So, I have now instituted a new $19.99 honor system policy on this web site.  I ask for the $19.99 donation up front...it is a money back guarantee.  Once I receive the $19.99 donation, a login and password is automatically sent to you (if you have your correct email address registered with PayPal and you use PayPal).  The login and password allows you to access "the Fix" page of this web site.  "the Fix" has detailed instructions and pictures on how to go about disassembling the radio and soldering joints at the necessary points to get your radio back up and running for the display problem.  It is highly recommended that you are comfortable with soldering (or know someone who is) before you sign up for the fix.  The fix itself is fairly simple (again, if you have the skills to do basic soldering).  For free you get the instructions to get the radio out of the dash...this is sometimes the toughest part of the job.  From these free instructions, you can see the kind of details I have put together in "the Fix" that you get once submitting your donation (I have added more details in "the Fix" pages for radio removal...you need to push those tabs on the connectors to get them to disengage on the back of the radio).  "the Fix" contains instructions to do the repair with simply a solder iron, solder, and solder braid (can be purchased at Radio Shack for less than $4...I explain what solder braid is and how to use it, if you don't know).  I acknowledge that sometimes "the Fix" doesn't work...sometimes components have fallen off the board (or damages are incurred while trying to solder some joints...user error)...in any event, I also give the information on where to purchase replacement parts (I include part number) for this radio.  The replacement board to get your display back up and running can be purchased for about  $90...no soldering needed (this board is needed only if the soldering fix does not work...and you still want to fix your display).

So, in all, if you compare the $19.99 versus the $275-$1000 that people have told me some dealers are quoting to repair the radio...I believe you will find these instructions very useful, detailed with photos, covering different scenarios you may run into doing the repair,  and competitively cheap compared to your alternatives.  Again, to reduce your risk, I am also offering a 60-day money back guarantee...if you are not completely satisfied that this information has helped you, then let me know within 60 days and I will gladly refund your donation (minus any fees held by PayPal, if payment is made via PayPal...if you let me know within 30 days, I can refund your amount via PayPal's refund option).  Being laid off and unemployed at this time, I do not mind accepting a donation (sorry...this does not qualify as a tax deductible donation).  The donation is used to keep information like this posted (...$19.99 is less than you were expecting to spend to get your radio fixed)....it helps me leverage my position to keep the site going when my wife and I are discussing finances while I am unemployed.  See the Mail Payment tab on where to mail your donation to get your login and password.  For quickest service, use the PayPal Payment and a login and password are typically sent within 15 minutes of confirmation of the donation from PayPal. Not only will you get the directions for making the repair, but if needed, I will give you the personal encouragement and guidance to assist you getting your radio repaired...I want you to fix it.

I'll even show you how to set your radio to display the radio station and/or song playing (if it's transmitted and you don't already have your radio settings to show it...like in Figure 3 above)!

For Nissan Quest minivan owners:  The radio in the Nissan is basically held in place by four screws and to get to those screws you need to "pop" the front panel off of your center control panel.  The detailed instructions on the removal of the radio from the dash may be found at:  http://www.shareamemory.com/radio/quest_2002_removal/index.htm (click on the tab on the left at the top of this web page that says "Quest Removal").  Once the radio is removed from the dash, the rest of the fix is identical. 

I track the logins and activity, so please do not share...hey, $19.99 isn't too much to donate for the cause.  Your login will allow you to keep posted of any new information added to "the Fix."  For those who have graciously already contributed during the "Honor System" days, you are already considered registered...if you have not already received your personal login and password, let me know.  I have a record of all those who donated and who should be getting access.

Recommended tools for this repair (*** - Parts Needed for the Volume Control Fix):
- 15W/30W Dual Wattage Solder Iron (solder pencil) - Radio Shack $9.99
   (Part #64-2055) ***

For tips on soldering, see:
http://www.ee.upenn.edu/rca/funstuff/soldering/soldering.html

- Solder (Silver- Bearing Solder 0.015 dia works BEST)
   Radio Shack $3.99 (More than you'll ever need)
   Part #64-035 ***

- Solder Wick (also known as desoldering braid...easy to use if you haven't used it before).
   Radio Shack $2.99 (More than you'll ever need)
   Part #64-2090 ***

- Needle Nose Pliers

- Precision screw drivers, one regular and one philips head ***

- DIN Radio Removal Tool ***
   Wal-Mart $3.96 in the automotive department
   (or you can make one from my directions)

- OPTIONAL, but this has been recommended by a number of people...this thing-a-ma-jig (or just a magnifying glass)
Helping Hand with Magnifying Glass
   Radio Shack $10.98
   Part #64-2063

*** - PARTS NEEDED FOR THE VOLUME CONTROL PROBLEM 

If you are having trouble with your volume control where the volume knob is not able to control the volume, this repair is now also contained in "the Fix."  This volume repair will require you to order parts (I supply you with the information on what to order and where you may order from) which will cost you at most $26 ($20.50 part + $5.50 shipping)...if you are mechanically inclined and good at soldering and desoldering, you can get by for $17.70 ($12.20 part and $5.50 shipping).  Either way, this volume control fix will require desoldering and soldering, but it is very basic soldering and does not involve soldering anything like surface mount components.

Please feel free to roam about these web pages and get a feel for what this site offers.  Again, I believe you will find this information very useful, filled with detailed photos and explanations and you'll be extremely happy to see that display light up or the volume control working again...especially if you can do it yourself.  Best of Luck!

Regards,

D. Harrison

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A side note for Expedition Radio owners:
I was approached by someone with an Expedition Radio and an F150 radio, shown in the figures below, with the same problem with the display out but all other functions of the radio working. 


Figure 7 - 1999 Ford Expedition Radio with Tape


Figure 8 - 1998 F150 Radio with CD

The tools required to perform the Fix for these Expedition radios includes the ones listed above for the Explorer radio (particularly the solder iron, solder, desolder braid, DIN removal tools), plus:

- REQUIRED FOR EXPEDITION RADIO REPAIR
  TOOL: T8  & T10 Torx Bits (not needed on Explorer Radio)
  Radio Shack 
  Part #64-1904

If you are interested in access to these detailed instructions, you may submit you $19.99 contribution to PayPal by clicking the icon(s) below or go to the Payment tab to learn where to mail your payment.

$19.99
For The Radio Style Pictured in Figure 7 & 8 Above
 

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RADIO DISPLAY REPAIR for 1988-1997 Ford Radios

Figure 9 - Inoperative Ford Radio Display 1988-1997(?)

After several requests, I put together instructions detailing the display repair of the radio pictured above (pictured with its non-working display).  If you are interested in access to these detailed instructions, you may submit you $19.99 contribution to PayPal by clicking the icon(s) below or go to the Payment tab to learn where to mail your payment.



$19.99
FOR THE 1988-1997 RADIO STYLE PICTURED in Figure 9

Besides the typical tools to remove the radio from the dash (DIN Removal tool), the only special part you will need will be a light bulb which is available at any auto parts stores (details and pictures in the instructions)...the bulb should cost under $2.

 

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CHRYSLER / JEEP OWNERS WITH INFINITY SYSTEM with a BLANK DISPLAY

Figure 10 - Chrysler / Jeep Infinity Radio (1993-1996?) - Display Fix and/or Button Fix

On these Chrysler/Jeep radios, we have documented fix for the blank display repair.  It only requires removal of three screws and then some simple soldering of some components.

The recommended tools needed for the Chrysler/Jeep Infinity Radio repair include:

- 15W/30W Dual Wattage Solder Iron (solder pencil) - Radio Shack $9.99
   (Part #64-2055) ***

Figure 11  - Soldering Iron

For tips on soldering, see:
http://www.ee.upenn.edu/rca/funstuff/soldering/soldering.html

- Solder (Silver- Bearing Solder 0.015 dia works BEST)
   Radio Shack $3.99 (More than you'll ever need)
   Part #64-035 ***

Figure 12  - Solder

 Precision screw drivers - one philips head (also, a flat head may be useful to pry the lid off the radio)

Figure 13  - Precision Screw drivers

To purchase access to these instructions for the Chrysler / Jeep radio display repair, make your contribution by clicking on one of the icons below:

$19.99 for the Chrysler / Jeep Radio Repair Instructions

There is another common problem of the buttons on these radios start to malfunction.  The instructions will show how to go about replacing these buttons (this button fix would additionally require the use of solder wick and the purchase of new switches for $1.99 each...explained within the Chrysler/Jeep fix).

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As a side note, Alan Gulachenski of Hopkinton, MA has the fastest repair time documented for the Explorer/Nissan Quest radio...he went from submitting a donation to a responding email announcing his success in 1 hour, 13 minutes.  He just beat the old record of Paul Dowling by 5 minutes.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Paul Dowling (pauld@NOSPAMalaska.com) - Anchorage, Alaska 1 hour, 18 minutes.  Paul mentioned, "Only took about 30 minutes...Piece of cake...Actually, my turn around time would have been faster if I hadn't discovered while cleaning up that I had forgotten to reinstall the top plate of the radio."

Tom Jensen - Ankeny, IA,   Time from password to finish - 1 hour 44 minutes.

Rob Simpson (robsimpson@NOSPAMhighstream.net) - Ten Mile, TN,  1hour 47 minutes.

Glen Perkins - Wichita, KS, Wrote stating started at 3:45pm and finished at 4:25pm (40 minutes!)

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Nissan Maxima 2002 Radio Repair


Figure 13.5 - Nissan 2002 Maxima Radio

Are you experiencing problems with the radio pictured above for a Nissan Maxima (2002 and maybe others)?  We are currently fixing these radios for such problems as no sound out of the left channel when playing a CD and CD Err F0 ( or Err FO, see figure 1.5 above).  Cost for the left channel out during CD playback is $249.99 plus shipping/insurance; cost for the CD Errors repair is $249.99 plus shipping/insurance of $24.99.  Please contact me at dharrison@ab-tech-inc.com for shipping information.  This radio is typically fixed and shipped back to you within 24 hours of receipt.

The model number on this type of radio would be PN-2432D.

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Honda Radio - Static /  Cuts Out Radio Problem


Figure 14  - Honda Radio

If you have a Honda radio (like shown above) that has static and/or cuts on and off for no reason at all, contact me at dharrison@ab-tech-inc.com.  I have a fix but I haven't documented it...I have all the information (including the detailed pictures), but I haven't put it together yet.  If there is a demand (it only takes one person), I will do it.  Let me know if I can help.
 

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Nissan Pathfinder '00-'01 - ERR2 on 6 Disc CD Changer


Figure 15  - Nissan Pathfinder 2000 - 2001

If you have a Nissan Pathfinder (approximate years 2000-2001) that has a 6 disc CD changer that is causing you trouble, we fix those!  The typical problem is the CD will click, click, click, and then an ERR2 will appear on the radio.  It requires that you send it in for the repair (sorry, no do-it-yourself instructions at this time).  There is approximately a 4-5 week turn around time.  The cost is $180 plus shipping.  If you are interested in this service, please contact us at dharrison@ab-tech-inc.com . We can provide you with the instructions to remove your radio from the dash and how to send in just the malfunctioning CD unit (you can keep the radio portion so you're not running around with no tunes while the CD is getting fixed.  See the radio removal instructions at http://www.shareamemory.com/radio/pathfinder

The model number on this CD Exchanger would be PN-2302N and it would have a part number CE018 on the front upper right hand side of the CD exchanger faceplate.

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Nissan '94, '95 (example Maxima) Radio


Figure 16  - Nissan 94, 95 Radio ( CN571 )

Problem is that this radio normally starts cutting out, the display could start disappearing, eventually the radio just stops working.  These radios can be repaired by sending in for the repair.  The cost for this repair is $119.99 plus shipping. Please contact me at dharrison@ab-tech-inc.com to arrange for repair of this type of radio. 

If you are looking for a do it yourself repair on this radio (detailed instructions for $19.99), they are in production now...just email me at dharrison@ab-tech-inc.com if you are interested.

The model number on this type of radio would be PN-2090D.

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Expedition, Lincoln Town Car, Navigator with Cassette / remote CD Changer with  RDS Feature


Figure 16.5  -
Expedition, Town Car, Navigator Radio with Cassette with remote CD Controls and RDS Feature
 


Figure 16.51 - Expedition, Town Car, Navigator Radio with CD and RDS Feature
 

The problem seen with either of these radios is the blank display of the radio.  Everything will work on the radio except there is no display.  The repair instructions detail the steps to remedy this problem. 

The repair requires soldering some components within the radio. No additional components are required other than the tools to do the job which includes: solder iron, solder (silver-bearing solder is the best), torx bit, and a small screw driver.   See the tools below:

- 15W/30W Dual Wattage Solder Iron (solder pencil) - Radio Shack $9.99
   (Part #64-2055) ***

Figure 16.52  - Soldering Iron

For tips on soldering, see:
http://www.ee.upenn.edu/rca/funstuff/soldering/soldering.html

- Solder (Silver- Bearing Solder 0.015 dia works BEST)
   Radio Shack $3.99 (More than you'll ever need)
   Part #64-035 ***

Figure 16.53  - Solder

- TOOL: T8  & T10 Torx Bits (only need the T8 and T10 bits...not the whole ratchet set.)
  Radio Shack 
  Part #64-1904

Figure 16.54 - Torx Bits (SizeT8 and T10 required)

 Precision screw drivers - one small screw driver is helpful to pry the lid off the radio.

Figure 16.55  - Precision Screw driver (Just a screw driver is needed)

To purchase access to these instructions for the Expedition, Town Car, Navigator Radio with Cassette with remote CD Controls and RDS Feature Display Repair for the radio shown in Figure 16.5 above, make your contribution by clicking on one of the icons below:


 Expedition, Town Car, Navigator Radio with Cassette or CD and RDS Feature shown in Fig. 16.5 or 16.51 above

$19.99 for the Expedition, Town Car, Navigator Radio with Cassette or CD and RDS Feature  Repair Instructions
(shown in Fig. 16.5 or 16.51 above)

 

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Ford Expedition, Explorer Radio with Cassette and remote CD Changer controls


Figure 17  - Expedition, Explorer Radio with Cassette with remote CD Controls

The problem seen with this radio is the blank display of the radio.  Everything will work on the radio except there is no display.  The repair instructions detail the steps to remedy this problem. 

The part number on this type of radio would be ####-19B165-##  where the #'s can be a multitude combination of numbers/letters (the particular radio pictured in figure 17 is F757F-19B165-DA ).  The part number is located on a label on the back side of the radio.

The repair requires soldering some components within the radio. No additional components are required other than the tools to do the job which includes: solder iron, solder (silver-bearing solder is the best), torx bit, and a small screw driver.   See the tools below:

- 15W/30W Dual Wattage Solder Iron (solder pencil) - Radio Shack $9.99
   (Part #64-2055) ***

Figure 17.1  - Soldering Iron

For tips on soldering, see:
http://www.ee.upenn.edu/rca/funstuff/soldering/soldering.html

- Solder (Silver- Bearing Solder 0.015 dia works BEST)
   Radio Shack $3.99 (More than you'll ever need)
   Part #64-035 ***

Figure 17.2  - Solder

- TOOL: T8  & T10 Torx Bits (only need the T8 and T10 bits...not the whole ratchet set.)
  Radio Shack 
  Part #64-1904

Figure 17.3 - Torx Bits (SizeT8 and T10 required)

 Precision screw drivers - one small screw driver is helpful to pry the lid off the radio.

Figure 17.4  - Precision Screw driver (Just a screw driver is needed)

To purchase access to these instructions for the Expedition / Explorer Radio Display Repair for the radio shown in Figure 17 above, make your contribution by clicking on one of the icons below:


Radio with Cassette with remote CD Controls shown in Fig. 17
$19.99 for the Expedition/ Explorer Radio with Cassette
and Remote CD controls Repair Instructions
(shown in Fig. 17)

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NEEDING ANOTHER TYPE OF RADIO FIXED?

Is there another radio you are having a problem with?  Just write me an email (dharrison@ab-tech-inc.com)  If I get enough inquiries, I'll look into what it takes to document a do-it-yourself repair for your particular radio.

 

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DVD Player Repair - Onkyo DV-C601


Figure 18  - Onkyo DV-C601 DVD / Video CD / CD Changer

Do you have an Onkyo DVD player that is giving you trouble.  If the unit will not load a DVD / CD and/or you hear a terrible rubbing, knocking noise...there may be a do it yourself repair for you.  Or, you may choose to ship  your DVD player in for repairs.  Just write me an email (dharrison@ab-tech-inc.com)  for details.

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Pay using GOOGLE CHECKOUT

If you would like to pay for any of the repair instructions or swap board programs using Google's Checkout, then you can make your payment with the Google Checkout icon below.  Select the appropriate repair and clieck on the Google Checkout icon.

Google Checkout will allow you to pay using Mastercard, Visa, Discover Card, or American Express.

NOTE:  If you use Google Checkout, please send me an email to dharrison@ab-tech-inc.com so that I can reply directly to you with your username and password for access to the repair  instructions (else, it will be sent through Google Checkout which is fine, but you need to make sure to check your messages with Google Checkout).  Payments made through Google Checkout currently have to be processed manually, so this process can take up to 48 hours to process (typically less than 8 hours).  If you need immediate access, I suggest using the PayPal payment method.

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