1998 Ford Explorer Radio Display


Old 05-16-02, 10:46 AM
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1998 Ford Explorer Radio Display

I own a 1998 Ford explorer with a Dual Media audio system with CD DJ compatibility. The audio works fine. The problem is that the time, radio station and function will not show on the digital display.

At first it was an intermittant problem displaying most of the time. Recently, the digital display showed for a few minutes when I started the engine and then went dark. Now the display is dark almost all the time.

Ironically, the radio works fine; even the clock works fine (when the display shows the time).

Has anyone else encountered this problem and/or have a solution to it?
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Old 05-16-02, 11:01 AM
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Defective radio. Probably only viable solution would be to replace it.
Old 05-16-02, 12:20 PM
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Check www.alldata.com for known bulletins on this problem, if any.

The GEM module may control the radio display and there might be a problem there.
Old 05-16-02, 06:58 PM
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Old Smokey is losing it. Lol.

He's confusing me with Jeff in the Appliance forum, who is my buddy as well. All of us moderators try to help one another. It was a pleasure to help old Smokey and he's now one happy bear with new mouldings on his LSC .

I answered your post below. Perhaps the light itself is out on the display in the radio. This is common.

Yah, you will get a message from Joe_F in Ottawa, Canada on the subject.
Joe is a good friend and does a lot for the net. I, of course, stay in
SMALL APPLIANCES and RADIO & TELEVISION. While I am a good mechanic, Joe
is better. I always bow to expertise.
Of course, I have this marvelous Lincoln Mark VII that I used to drive
to work. I needed new moldings and rubber parts for around the windows.
These parts are no longer available from Ford. But, Joe found them still on
the shelf at some various Auto Parts Dealers in Cincinnati, etc

Last edited by Joe_F; 05-17-02 at 06:40 AM.
Old 05-16-02, 07:42 PM
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there is a tiny lightbulb on the back of the display. It has burnt out. If your willing just tear the radio out and pull the faceplate off and you will see the bulb, take it in to a auto parts place and get a replacement

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