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#1 Sox500c

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 09:58 AM

Good morning,

 

Having successfully fixed an air bag warning light problem and a faulty starter motor solenoid problem with the help of this forum, I have one more issue that I could use some help with.

 

The standard radio/cd player in my '02 Focus 1.8 TDCI turns off on its own, after a short period it I can usually turn it back on again.  This can happen several times on each journey.  It never asks for the radio code so I guess the backup supply is ok.

 

I'm assuming the radio is losing power intermittently but I'm not sure where to look first.  Should I pull out the radio and check the connections at the back?  If so, can anyone advise me which wire is power and which is the earth?

 

Apologies if this has been answered before, I have searched the forum but can't find a similar thread.

 

Thanks.



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Posted 01 December 2013 - 10:37 AM

This sounds like the normal time-out that occurs when using the radio with the ignition off. Is it possible it is missing the ignition feed?



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Posted 01 December 2013 - 12:14 PM

It seems more random than that. Just checked with my wife and she says if it goes off and you leave it alone it will come back on on its own. She generally leaves it switched on so it comes on when she starts the car. There is no set time period for when it turns itself off, it can go for 5 minutes or 50 minutes before it happens.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 04:29 PM

Certainly check the wiring, could be a loose wire in the block connector.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 05:18 PM

Certainly sounds like an intermittent ignition live feed to me.
The radio seems to keep thinking that the car is being turned off and powering down as is standard.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 06:10 PM

OK, I'll take the take the radio out and check the connectors.

Thanks everyone.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 09:42 AM

Finally got round to checking the radio connectors, I was able to push one of them further in so that may have been the problem.  It hasn't turned itself off since so fingers crossed.

 

Nowhere near me had the tools to remove the radio but I managed to get some off ebay for next to nothing.  All the problems with the car seem to be sorted now so I'm hoping for some trouble-free motoring for a while at least.

 

Merry Christmas to everyone.



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:54 AM

Glad you're sorted.
Seasons greetings mate.

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