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VRCD400-SDU in Crown Vic, Light but wont work..??

I got a vrcd400-sdu radio in my 94 crown vic that i just had installed, however after 2days we couldnt figure out the problem with it. it lights up, illuminates, but theres nothing on the display or anything going on with it. i turn on the car, it lights up. i turn off the car the lights go off. i tried putting in a cd, usb, sd card, to see if it would anything but it wouldnt. i tried resetting and still nothing. can any1 help me??
this might be stupid but... the factory antenna plug doesnt reach and is very diffucult to connnect, can than be a solution? i figure its only for the am/fm which i dont need.

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  • fernyb05 Jan 29, 2009

    thanks guru, if the ground was bad wouldnt it not light up at all or does it light up because i have the illumination wire connected?

  • fernyb05 Jan 29, 2009

    hey guru b4 i do that i got another quesstion. i would figure the ground wire would work cuz i just took out a kenwood cd player that worked, but im positive they did not disconnect the battery for this installation. could they have fried the ground wire? if they did, and for me to save time, running a ground to the battery is that something easy or would i have to remove the existing ground wire. idk if u have seen the insides of a crown vic but damn theres wires everywhere :s

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    Hey I think i have the same if not similar problem. My radio lights up but doesn't do anything else. When the car is on accessory the radio/tape work fine even the power antenna.......but as soon as i start up the car the radio shuts off. I know its not the radio because i have the stock one and an after market one and I get the same things with both. I took the car to mechanic about a blower motor problem and when i got the car back the radio did not work right. I went back to him and he denies it. Can anyone help me?

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A Bad Ground Wire on the Stereo will Cause this Problem. Have the Installer Run an Extension Ground Straight to the Battery and it Should be OK. Let me Know. Please Rate my Solution, I need all the Help that I can Get! Thanks!

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    Travis Humphries Jan 29, 2009

    Because the Illumination wire is Connected.

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    Travis Humphries Jan 29, 2009

    Yep! My Mom Had one Back in the Day! Yes, They Should have Disconnected the Bayyery for this Installation! You do not need to do Much for this Ground Repair. Just remove the Unit to get to the Harness and Disconnect the Ground. Get some Wire in the Same Diameter as the Wire from the Stereo for Ground and Route The Wire through the Dash Underneath. You can Cut a Small hole in the Rubber Boot for the Steering Column and Fish this Wire through there. Then just run it to the Battery and Join with it with a Grommet. Please Rate my Solution, I need all the Help that I can Get! Thanks!

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