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#1 Torchwood

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:40 AM

Hey everyone,

I am in a right pickle, i am having my 61 plate Fiesta upgraded to a DAB radio, but the boff's down at my local Ford for all their hard work cannot get the DAB to work, or fire into life!????

They have got the DAB radio.. Radio AHU DAB, put the aerial in + mast, ran the cable down to the boot area and put this module in that goes in, which is like a secondary aerial for DAB. Got a black n white screen and put that on, think they mentioned "some" programming of the screen so that it would work with the radio. Radio works, but they cannot get the dab to work???

If anyone has done this, or there is a Ford Tech that can offer some light, i would be very very grateful! They have just drawn a blank now, they said the display screen is also a module apparently, and there were certain parts that may need programming to the brain of the car, even a worry the car would not work??????

If any of you have an idea, please just mention it, it may be the one bit they are missing, but they said it all works, just not the DAB, like some sort of diagnosis box to tick to tell the car there IS DAB....!??

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:48 AM

Who can I contact for specific technical information?
We recommend you contact a Ford Dealership for technical information, as they not only have the relevant knowledge and experience, but also direct access to our technical support services. Alternatively, you can contact the Ford Technical Information Centre directly on 0906 5533447. Please note that this is a premium rate line and calls are charged at £1.03p per minute. You can also write to the Ford Technical Information Centre at:
Ford Technical Information Centre, PO Box 7597, Daventry, NN11 1DL

http://www.ford.co.u...ngandRepairFAQs

Though surely your dealer should be phoning them for help. I suspect you'll get the answer that they cannot advise on retrofitting any components and it has to be done at the time of build in the factory.

You're the first I know of to attempt this I'm afraid.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 11:02 AM

Because it is not a warranty issue they won't help them...

I thought people had upgraded to dab here before?

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:00 PM

shuld the dab radio aerial have power running to it aswell ?

as in 12v supply to the dab aerial along with the aerial signal flowing to the stereo?

im sure if it was the case then their would be two additional cables on the dab aerial unit itself.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:36 PM

shuld the dab radio aerial have power running to it aswell ?

as in 12v supply to the dab aerial along with the aerial signal flowing to the stereo?

im sure if it was the case then their would be two additional cables on the dab aerial unit itself.


Well on the back of the Radio there are 2 power points rectangular in shape, one smaller then the other. And 2 round aerial points, one white (FM) one black (DAB), the car was meant to come with adab unit, it didnt!!! So they added the stereo and dab aerial, nothing... Found a module that plugs in from the boot, put that in... nothing!

Changed the cluster clock and Display screen, nothing! Car will not let the new cluster clocks be programmed to the car? They got another car with dab, and got the part number from those cluster clocks, ordered it and still no joy! I will mention a power feed but... Just cannot understand why the radio comes on, display lights up, but no DAB?

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:51 PM

Does FM work?
How about AM?
If both of these are ok, try to temporarily connect the FM aerial to the DAB input to see if you get any reception.
Is there good DAB reception normally where the car is located?

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:28 PM

Not being obtuse or mean but why bother with DAB.
The signals are kept down to 50% due to frequency conflicts and the whole system is outdated and poorly implemented.
I have a DAB radio in my kitchen that picks up three channels and that's with a proper externally mounted antenna.
In the car I use Internet radio via a permanently fitted Mi-Fi transmitter that connects to an iPod touch i plug into my Aux cable and that gives me access to all channels supposedly available on DAB and many more too.
Mi-Fi costs me nothing at all and the radio app was free.
Good sound quality with far less signal drop than DAB even in tunnels/valleys/rural areas.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:09 PM

Had DAB in another car and it was crisp n clear Stoney, plus the car was meant to come with it when i bought it.

Its all gone pete tong now anyway, totally gutted and fed up... it appears the vehicle is much older then first thought from the build date, so it will not work!

Car going back i think, will update more later!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:12 PM

Does FM work?
How about AM?
If both of these are ok, try to temporarily connect the FM aerial to the DAB input to see if you get any reception.
Is there good DAB reception normally where the car is located?


The white and black plugs for the 2 aerials are different tunne, so you cannot swap them over anyway... As mentioned its all over now anyway! Got radio working but nothing else would, appears this particular car is a bit of a dud!! :angry:

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:02 PM

Is the problem just related to DAB reception or are there other issues?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:49 PM

Is the problem just related to DAB reception or are there other issues?


No they got the dab radio working fine.... Loads of other issues with car in general!!!!

"Where is the Vauxhall - VW Dealership"...............................!!!!??? Cough, smiley...

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:54 PM

Hey, general Question.... Where can i find out the latest spec on the Fiesta Zetec S.... what now comes standard?? Is this Sony Stereo 'system' still an optional extra in Fiestas...?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:15 PM

Download the brochure from the Ford website...?
http://www.ford.co.u...reandpricelists

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:03 PM

http://www.ford.co.u...nfigureVehicle/

Or configure a vehicle there, Sony DAB Radio, Bluetooth & Voice control is a £475 option.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:48 PM

...well, old car went back!!

New one ordered, just been waiting for it to arrive, apparently i was one of the very few to get one of the last orders in..

So the dealer put all the toys in that were not in the last one...




...and added a few more!!!!! :D :D

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