Tried to remove radio that has the 4 tabs that need to be pressed at the same time, but it won't come out. Is there something else that is holding it in there? The problem must be with the speaker connection because it comes & goes. I used to be able to get it to come on when I pounded on the dash. There is no way to get behind it without taking it out. Or is there?
Yeah those stereos are a pain to get out with just 4 peices of wire clothes hanger. I think a part store sells or lends out the Ford stereo removal tool that works perfect everytime. Way better than a clothes hanger!
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even a faster link to get your code if you already know how to yank your radio out!
How to enter code:
Press button 1 until 1st number is reached (one click at a time)
Press button 2 until 2nd number is reached
Press button 3 until 3rd button is reached
Press button 4 until 4th button is reached
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if you can get 4 long nails that will fit into each hole on the radio/there's 4/ then then push each side at the same time <L-- R>in the outward direction the radio tabs will release it will be a little hard if you do it by yourself because you have to pull it out but I've done by myself you have to push one side out with your arm so your hand is free to pull on the radio otherwise you can buy the radio tool for ford you get 2 pieces that will look like this with pointed tips on the end U U YOU INSERT THE TOOL TILL YOU FEEL THOSE TIPS GO PAST THE TABS ON THE RADIO ABOUT 11/2"s ON EACH SIDE THEN PUSH THE TOOLS OUTWARD <L====R> this will release the tabs so you can pull out the radio you must keep the force applied on the tools the tabs are spring flexed metal and will lock the radio back in if you don't
They make a inexpensive radio removal tool that consists of 2 "U" shaped prong like handles that insert into the 4 "square" holes on the face of the radio edge, 2 being on the left side and 2 on the right side near the edge. Gently insert the the 2 section tools into the 4 holes as sorts 2 "handles" and gently pull the radio out of dash area. The terminals have lock tabs that you need to depress to thus remove the speaker and power terminal connections. Auto Zone, Advance Auto, O' Reilly's and NAPA usually have the fairly cheep little tools, that look almost as though they were made from "coat hanger" wire rod.
i believe that the radio has 4 small holes spaced 1.5" on the vertical and 4-5' apart on the horizontal on the face of the unit. forming a rectangle if you connect the dots. there is a tool you can buy that is shaped like a "U" small round stock metal with points on the ends. they com in pairs, generally available at auto part stores. insert the tools into the vertically spaced holes and push the tools into the unlocking tabs. pull the radio out. there are instructions included.
Hello. If this is repairable, the radio will have to be removed anyways. Some radios can be removed with a butter knife. If you pry off the front dash panel, there will be 4 screws holding on the radio. If you don't have the 4 screw type look for and tabs on the radio that are pryed up on the insides, pry them down with butter knife. Pull out stereo and disconnect the clip on wire harness.
You can try blowing out the unit and the knob if you purchase a can of "Air Duster" (compressed air and c02 in can) If this radio is equipped, remove screws and cover to gain access to inside. Blow out the entire unit, especially the knob. The knob should also come off to spray inside.
If cleaning doesn't help, I suggest going to the junk yard and get another one for $15, otherwise WalMart, Kmart, sell them for $35+
The radio will have to be removed from the car dashboard . Then please ALL the LETTERS and NUMBERS on any LABELS , BARCODES or STAMPED IN THE METAL CASING. It is the SERIAL NUMBER beginning with M * * * * * * that is required
Section 15-01: Radio, Tape Chassis and Digital Audio Compact Disc Player
1996 Probe Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Compact Disc Player, Digital Audio
SPECIAL SERVICE TOOL(S) REQUIRED
Radio Removing Tool
Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301).
Remove the instrument panel finish panel (044D70). Refer to Section 01-12 for the removal procedure.
Insert the Radio Removing Tool T87P-19061-A into the face plate holes until the tension of the tool locking into place can be felt. (There are tension clips that this tool pushes out of the way so the radio can pull out. Maybe you can insert 4 pins that will do the same thing.)
Flex outward on both sides of the radio chassis (18806) simultaneously and pull the radio chassis from the instrument panel (04320) using the tool as handles.
Disconnect the electrical connectors and the radio antenna lead in cable (18812) from the radio chassis.