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Old 03-07-2005, 19:50   #1 (permalink)
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frown Blank radio display mountaineer

just bought this 2000 mountaineer and the radio display is blank. radio works find but no display. any suggestions?
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Old 06-28-2007, 19:35   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Blank radio display mountaineer

this is a common problem,
one way to test it is stick it in the freezer for an hour then quickly try it,
mine works fine for about 2 minutes then goes back off,
there is a fix but i can't remember off hand what it is,
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Old 06-28-2007, 19:42   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Blank radio display mountaineer

found the pdf for the fix,
email me if you want a copy of it,
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Old 07-02-2007, 17:28   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Blank radio display mountaineer

Could you e-mail me the pdf, my 2000 explorer has the same problem! Thank You
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Old 07-02-2007, 17:32   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Blank radio display mountaineer

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Old 07-09-2007, 01:30   #6 (permalink)
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please e-mail/PM it to me PLEASE
thanks a bunch
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Old 07-24-2007, 06:54   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Blank radio display mountaineer

Almost all the 1998, 1999, 2000 Explorers with combination CD/tape player have this problem after they get some age. Its a defect in the display power supply board. There's some resistors in the display power supply that get extremely hot and almost literally fry the circuit board (ever notice how hot your CDs are when you eject them from the radio). Also, some of the solder connections will crack. Some of the power supply circuit boards can be repaired by carefully resoldering practically all the solder connections on both sides of the board. You should be able to find numerous links to performing this on the internet by searching for "Explorer radio display". When this happened to me, I found a few links that included photos and instructions for repair procedure. There was also a couple places you could order another power supply board for about $80 if you don't want to try a self repair. Same web search provided links to these too.

Resoldering the power supply doesn't work in all cases but could fix yours. However, I think the excessive heat destroys some nearby electronic components in some cases and the solder job doesn't work.

If you try the solder job and it works for you, leave the top off the radio when you reinstall it. This significantly reduces heat build up as it provides better air flow.

This was a manufacturing defect and Ford should have repaired/replaced all these radios. Since it wasn't a safety issue, guess they figured it wasn't necessary.
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Re: Blank radio display mountaineer

P.S. to above

Go to explorerforum.com and search "radio display". You'll find hundreds of comments, fix information, and fix links for this problem. I think the display has gone out of every singe one of these radios unless you never turned it on.
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:44   #9 (permalink)
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Hi dont need it now but nice to know not the only one with no display on radio but it has come back but the display on dash bottom speedo has not come any ideas
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Old 08-03-2007, 21:07   #10 (permalink)
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Glad the radio came back. Unfortunately, it will probably go out again. My sister's 99 Explorer did the on/off thing for about 3-4 months before it pretty much went out for good. Hit a pothole, display comes on. Hit another pothole, display goes off. Good news is that your problem is most likely the solder connections and not fried electronic components. The vibrations make and break the solder connections.

Not sure what you are talking about with other problem. Maybe start another thread with more detail.
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