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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-15-03, 12:22 AM
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Frozen au headunit


A few weeks ago I was forced to use a cigerette lighter phone charger and about 5 mins after I plugged it in, the display on my standard double DIN 99 au futura headunit turned off, everything else appeared ok. Last week the display remained ok, but all of the buttons on the unit frooze. Only the stering wheel conrols worked. That came good after 3 days. Then all of the buttons have frozeen, including the steering controls and nothing but the volume control worked. It frooze on a radio station and kept playing, as only the volume control worked the unit couldnt even be turned off exepct when the car was off. So I disconnected the hu overnight and upon plugging it back all buttons still dont work and so I am stuck with a hu that is asking for the code, but I cant put it in.

Anyone heard of similar things to this or have any suggestions?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-15-03, 12:25 AM
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sounds very odd mate

where abouts are you? i have exactly the same head unit thats just collecting dust atm

let me know if your interested

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is the headunit still under warrenty? is so jsut take it back and say its faulty... i doubt that using a phone charger in the lighter socket will have fryed ur HU as if there was a power surge or anything like that the inbuilt fuse on the headunit would have blown before anything on the HU was actually damaged.. its sounds to me liek the too events are independant of each other... why not take it to an electricians and get it checked over?
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Yer I took it to an electrical specialist and he took one look at it and said that they are basically un-workable by anyone outside the manufacture because schematics apparently dont exist for them and they are constructed without pcb markings and things, or something...
He basically said get it replaced.

Warranty ended about 1 year ago, its a '99. My local ford dealer said for $150 I can give him my damaged one and it will be replaced by the manufacturer, so I suppose its a $150 repair job.

Seriously considering an aftemarket system at the moment thou.

Something of interest concerning the circuits, when I removed the 5A and 15A radio fuses I also lost (apart from the hu) the elec. windows, the clock, and the variable timing for the window wipers, so a few things must be wired downstream of those fuses on the same circuit, including the cigarett lighter, or something else is wrong....... (replacing the fuses returned the car to normal thou - minus the hu working).
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thats well wierd... something thats strange tho... they say u give em $150 and hey'll give u a new one? that sounds like they are gunna take ur money and repair it for u.. get atleast a second opinion from another electrician beforeu hand over ur cash

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or it may be time for that new mp3 player to go in...?

You can get adaptors for steering wheel controls, but they are around the $200 mark

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-19-03, 09:43 PM
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Well Delta you are correct. FORD don't give you a new one. They replace it with a reco'd one. I had some problems with my headunit my car was also under warrenty and at the time I was working for FORD. So I was actually when I found out it was not new, but from what I learnt from the service dept was they have a big problem with AU headunits as well as the BA nav systems.
I would of thought that they would replace it with a NEW one, come to think about it I wonder you has my old unit LOL
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