Question about 1994 Ford Escort

2 Answers

I have a 1994 Ford Escort wagon. The radio isn't

I have a 1994 Ford Escort wagon. The radio isn't working. It lights up when the headlights are on, but no digital readout or sound. It looks like there are 4 power wires coming into the radio. Two have power, I belive one is for the memory & one is for the illumination. The other two have no power. I checked the fuses by the driver's side door and they're all good. I traced the wires on the harness back as far as I could see and they all look good. Any ideas? I only have so many songs I can sing to myself!

Posted by on

  • X4R0322 Feb 03, 2010

    I checked for fuses under the hood and found one panel with about 6 large fuses. None seemed to pertain to my radio problem. The main 100A fuse was still good, and the others were for the cooling fan, air bag, and some other large items. Any other ideas?



2 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 324 Answers

Check for fuses under the hood? and I think that the wires are memory illumination power and acc./ ant. probably a momentary hot controlled by the radio itself. used for factory amplifiers and electric antenna. so you should have...
the constant hot (memory)
only hot when lights are on (ill.)
only hot when radio is turned on (amp / ant)
and switched.
thats why I think there must be a fuse under the hood
I'll look for a diagram and post back. what I find

Posted on Feb 02, 2010

  • William Thompson
    William Thompson Feb 04, 2010

    Thick Brown - Earth/0V
    / ground
    Red - 12V Battery Constant
    / memory
    Thick Yellow - 12V Ignition
    / switched power
    Grey/Yellow - Illumination/Dashboard Lighting

    Blue _ Power Antenna

    thats on the 5 wire connector in the back of the radio
    check the yellow wire for power with the ignition on, if none is found the check for power at the radio fuse in the fusebox. if you have power on the fuse but not on the yellow wire you might try running a jumper from the fuse to the yellow wire, if this causes the radio to function then you have a bad connection somewhere in the dash.


  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 108 Answers

Ignition on and backup power must be present in order for the radio to turn on.The backlighting is another circuit.access the connector at the back of the radio check power supply if both are present

Posted on Feb 02, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

1996 ford escort wiring diagram

Did you check the fuses? Bad grounds cause odd problems. 9 out of 10 times it is a voltage not ground problem.

Oct 02, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

94 ford escort 1.9 turns over but will not start new fuel filter and relay but no dash lights or check engine lights

Check your inertia switch in the rear cargo area (wagon) passenger side rear wheel well. Press the button. You should hear and feel it click in.

Feb 27, 2012 | 1994 Ford Escort

1 Answer

Have found exposed and burnt wiring on left side of car. 1994 escort station wagon. radio is out and now left blinker and brake light. Is it worth trying to repair myself?

Hi, If you think the car is still worthy of redoing the wires, I would say go ahead.
But you might have to get a new wiring harness for it. I would have a pro install it.
Good luck.

Sep 23, 2011 | 1994 Ford Escort

1 Answer

1994 Escort Station Wagon. Radio stopped working awhile ago. Wiring started burning. Believe it may have burnt & exposed other wiring. Left blinker & brake light no longer work. Have found exposed...

Hi, You maybe able to repair some of the wires. But you still need to find why it did that. It would have to be a short some where. You can buy new wiring harnesses from your local auto parts stores.

Sep 23, 2011 | 1994 Ford Escort

1 Answer

I have a 1994 Ford Escort wagon and my husband put on a new starter now we have no brake lights and no cruise control.Can someone please help me?

1. Have a look around the starter area, maybe something was left disconnected.
2. Check the fuses, maybe you have a couple blown out.

Nov 15, 2010 | 1994 Ford Escort

1 Answer

Service engine soon light, radio am not working, dashboard lights

is there enough charge in the battery or have the light bulbs gone in the dash?????

Jan 22, 2009 | 1999 Ford Escort

1 Answer

Lights go off when i turn on the high beam

Pull your lever back if the high beams work that way you need a new high/low beam switch, if they do not you need to replace headlight bulbs.

Jan 17, 2009 | 1993 Ford Escort 4 Door

1 Answer

1994 ford escort wagon

You did not give enough info. do you want to seel it , fix it or what? You need to say what sounds it makes or give more info about it having any problems before.

Oct 18, 2008 | 1998 Ford Escort

Not finding what you are looking for?
1994 Ford Escort Logo

304 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts


Level 3 Expert

76846 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22246 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5546 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides