View Full Version : radio doesnt work after fuse taken out. . .
12-22-2007, 08:05 PM
hi all im new to the forum and to ford rangers. i have a 1965 mustang so i normally dont worry about anything too electrical, until my uncle gave me his 1995 ford ranger xl. this truck is super clean. .! anyways, like the title says, i took a fuse out of the panel while the radio was on. that killed the radio. i put the fuse back in, but nothing. the clock however, still works. odd? its a stock radio, most would probably say just get a new radio, but im a poor college student with $45 to my name. how do i fix this? any help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
12-22-2007, 11:12 PM
um, did you turn the radio back on?
12-23-2007, 02:43 AM
uh yes, i turned it on the knob does nothing. its been a week or two. i unhooked the negative battery terminal and hooked it up again, fiddled with the knobs. nothing.
12-23-2007, 03:34 AM
Look for a "reset" button, about the size of a paper clip. I dont know if it has one but worth taking a look. Just a suggestion. Good Luck
12-23-2007, 04:41 PM
The fuse didn't happen to blow when you put it back in did it? Try swapping with another fuse of the same amperage with the truck turned off.
12-23-2007, 09:28 PM
im pretty sure the fuse didnt blow, i took a look at it and it was intact. i did change it just in case. if theres a reset button, where would it be?
12-23-2007, 09:38 PM
I'm not sure if the stock radios have a reset button. If they did, it would be on the back somewhere. There are internal fuses in the radio, but I can't see you blowing one of those by just unplugging it.... Are there any other fuses associated with the radio? This ones got me stumped. Oh, I didn't mean to sound like a dick when I asked if you tried to turn it on. Last time I disconnected the battery on my truck, I had to turn the radio back on when I reconnected the battery. I figured it'd be the same here. This one's got me stumped. Got any friends with the same radio? You could try a swap and see if it works.
12-23-2007, 10:58 PM
no no worries dude, that stuff happens sometimes. its always a good idea to suggest the easy first. sometimes we forget stuff. i read the Haynes book i bought after i took the fuse out and it says that if you take a fuse out while an accesory is in use, it could damage it. any ideas? also, i spoke with my friend who has a 99 ranger and she says she has those tools that are needed to take the radio out. theyre only $6, but hey thats $6 i could spend on something else. . . like my stang hahaha.
12-23-2007, 11:05 PM
I have sucessfully used clothes hangers bent into a u-shape before. Not as easy as the real thing, but they can do the job. Maybe she'll lend you a radio to if the plug-in is the same...
12-24-2007, 01:47 PM
ok so i used the clothes hangers, worked like a charm. the only problem is, there is no reset button. i unplugged everything and plugged it back in again, and still nothing. if only i hadnt played around with the fuses, i wouldnt be having this problem. i know stock radios are crap (and this doesnt even have a cd player) but i figured i could use the tape deck to play my mp3 player, which i wouldnt be able to do with a cd player. . .who uses cds ? thanks for the help guys, keep it coming!
12-24-2007, 02:27 PM
The radio has 2 fuses, one is in the "switched" 12V going to the radio, and there is also a fuse in the "unswitched" 12V line going to the radio. Check the other fuse.
12-24-2007, 02:29 PM
Start hitting the wire plugs with a test light. And see what you come up with. I am sure that someone on here can tell you which ones should be hot.
12-24-2007, 02:33 PM
Look in the fuse's socket and see if you pushed one of the terminals back.
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