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Mk1 6000CD radio suddenly stop working and huge pops and crackles

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Hi, i have an old focus mk1 with the 6000cd radio unit and lately im confronting with an annoying issue which i'll describe in the following: 

Most of the times when i go out with the car, after a period of time, tens of minutes, the radio cuts off and starts to crackle and produce pops in the Speakers, no matter if i switch the frequency, am to fm or anything like that. And then it stays like that until i leave the car parked for an amount of time and then get back on and it works and it happens the same again after another period of time.

Turning the ignition off and on right after doesn't solve the problem. It's weird that this happens under no circumstances, not after hitting a pot, turning up the volume, changing settings or anything like that, it just happens😁.


I suspect some bad wiring but i have no idea where to start to check. I've taken off the entire ratio unit to check the connections behind and they are all fine. even after replugging every wire, the next day it happened again. Any suggestions, anyone experienced this in the past? I'm reallly looking forward to this, thanks alot for anyone reading and answering this !

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The problem will most likely be caused by the radio itself.

The focus MK1 6000CD radio's are 16 to 23 Years old. The components of electronic circuits of the radio are subjected to wear. During time the characteristics of the electronic components (transistors, resistors, capacitors, etc.) will change. If the characteristics finally become out of range/spec the radio can develop interference or other problems.

In this case the radio seems to be fine when all components are cold and the problem seems to be introduced after all components have warmed up. 

Since it does not make sense to have such an old, low value radio repaired I suggest to buy a replacement.

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Agree with buying a replacement. You can pick them up from Ebay for about £20, just make sure you get a 'like for like' one (some button layouts are different) and it has a code!

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