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1996 Ford Explorer Radio turning down by itself

Just the other day my radio statred to turn all the way down by itself, at first it seemed like it was when I braked, but it just happens randomly but very consistently. Any ideas would be appreciated....Thanks.

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  • johnniebe2 Jan 19, 2009

    No, I do have a six disc changer inside the middle console though. I'm wondering if it's just a fuse or probably a short somewhere?

  • John R Jarvis May 11, 2010

    Is the changer aftermarket or factory?

  • John R Jarvis May 11, 2010

    Does your car have on the steering wheel controls for the radio?



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I have the same SUV, the only thing that would make it do that is the circuit within the stereo that makes it return to a low volume after restart ( when you are blasting the music then turn the car off, next time you start your car it resume a normal state of volume). So your stereo unit is faulty. I am about to uninstall mine to upgrade, let me know if you want it, it will plug right in, no wiring mess. The other thing to consider is the amp (which I am also upgrading), try to notice if you are only losing volume, or if you are losing sound quality. I am 100% that you need to replace your stereo though.

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