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I have a '99 Ford Taurus with a cassette and 6 changer cd player. The radio works for a while then cuts out, then comes back on. It can play for a few hours or a few days. I recently bought another radio online and installed it. It does exactly the same thing. A local radio repair facility told me its the RCU unit in the trunk on the left rear wheel well.

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Yes i agree it sounds like it is overheating. Just pull back the carpet in the trunk on the left hand side. Check all the connections make sure its got a good ground etc.
This unit is where all the power etc comes from for the headunit and speakers.

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