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    Default Stereo Won't Work!

    Hello Everyone,
    This is my first post here, so here goes. Today I purchased an 03 Focus ZX3, and love it other than one problem. The stereo in it won't turn on, I have checked the fuses and they are fine...the stereo just won't turn on or light up or anything. Is there anything else that I can do or check, or will I need a new stereo? Thanks for any help. Oh btw the stereo in it is the factory 6-disc CD changer if that is any help.

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    Default Re: Stereo Won't Work!

    Have you checked the wiring harness in the back of the radio, and have you checked to see if there is a fuse on the back of the radio.
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    Hello,
    Thanks for the reply. I have not checked the back of the radio becuase i'm not sure on how to take it out. If you could please give me some suggestions on how to remove the radio so I could check it, I would very much appreciate it.

    Much Thanks
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    Default Re: Stereo Won't Work!

    Welcome.

    I'm not entirely sure, but the 6-disc may not have a fuse in the back. In any case, you need a radio removal tool to get a stock radio out:



    Here's a possibility: If this was a used Focus, is there a chance the previous owner or dealer put in a bad radio?
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    Hello,
    I purchased the car from a buy here pay here dealer, so I guess there is a possibility that they could have put in a bad radio. So you think that if I purchase the same type of radio off of eBay that it would fix the problem? I guess what I am getting at is do you think it is the radio itself or something else?

    Thanks,
    Daniel

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    Default Re: Stereo Won't Work!

    they might have forgotten to enter security code then..
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    Default Re: Stereo Won't Work!

    Hello,
    If they forgot to enter the security code would the stereo still light up and ask for the code or something, or would it just totally not work?

    Thanks,
    Daniel

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    Default Re: Stereo Won't Work!

    i had the 6 disc in mine

    i had a problem with internal wires breaking at the solder joints...after i had two put in by the dealer i bought a pioneer HU.

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    I would also check to see if it has the detachable face on it. It is a little pen looking thing on the six disc changer. Make sure that it is getting a good contact with the radio. I had a problem in my 2002 focus with the face on my single disc breaking contact with the radio and shutting off.

    I was able to pick up the removal tools at wal-mart for around $5.00.
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    Default Re: Stereo Won't Work!

    Quote Originally Posted by foundwaldo1017
    I would also check to see if it has the detachable face on it. It is a little pen looking thing on the six disc changer. Make sure that it is getting a good contact with the radio. I had a problem in my 2002 focus with the face on my single disc breaking contact with the radio and shutting off.

    I was able to pick up the removal tools at wal-mart for around $5.00.
    yeah i had the same kind of problem with mine.

    i cant really help u out too much, but if u end up needing a new one i have one that i would sell cheap. its a 6 disc stock cd player, but only 5 of the disc things work. id sell it cheap for like $30 if you want or need it.

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    Default Re: Stereo Won't Work!

    was the radio working previously?

    It sounds like you just bought the car no?
    I mean, the radio is one of the things I check first, before putting on a seat-belt and going for a test-drive. heh.

    Any warranty on it? Or is this one of those dealer-ships that are going to say that you left the lot after signing, and whats done is done...

    BTW, just yank out that radio... and check the connections.
    Better yet, grab a Multimeter (VOM, volt-ohm-meter)... and check pins for power.

    If you don't have the radio removal tool (U-shape clips)
    then just use 4 of those small techie screw drivers used for those tiny screws.

    insert in to all 4 holes, pull away, then toward yourself.

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    Default Re: Stereo Won't Work!

    Hello,
    Yeah I did just buy the car. The stereo is important to me as well, and it is always one of the first things I check, but seeing that was the only problem with the car, and I got an excellent deal on the car, I wasn't gonna let that stop me from buying it.

    Thanks,
    Daniel

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    Default Re: Stereo Won't Work!

    Just get an aftermarket cd player! the stock radios are junk n e wayz!

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    Default Re: Stereo Won't Work!

    Quote Originally Posted by 01focuszx3
    Just get an aftermarket cd player! the stock radios are junk n e wayz!
    amen to that.
    Also, HD radio is a huge plus. So are amps, components, a nice sub-woofer.
    Yup.


 

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