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Shaker 500 stereo

HOW CAN I TAKE OUT MY STEREO FROM MY 2005 MUSTANG, A CD GOT STUCK IN IT... My Shaker 500 ate all my CD's and I get a message saying CD error when I try to eject. I took it in to Ford and they said it needed a new head unit $400. I purchased a unit that had been pulled from a new car for upgrade and now the dealership says that the brackets don't line up and the plugs in my car ('05) are male where the new unit is female. Is there a way to adapt the new unit to my car? Melinda

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  • RandogRJ Aug 26, 2008

    Ditto. My Shaker 500 in my 2005 ate a few of my CD's as well. The strange thing is that I seem to be able to load another CD in the same slot and it will play. I'm not sure what's weirder, it playing another CD or me being stupid enough to put another in :). I hate the unit anyway so any help in either removing the Shaker 500 and/or a good replacement that will integrate seamlessly (or close to it) into the dash would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    I have the problem with the radio too. The battery was replaced and now the radio will not work. (stuck on phono) Ford wants 60.00 an hr. to reset or tell me I need a new stero system. Frustrated!!!!!

  • weese44270 May 23, 2009

    lol i have the same thing my will not read just said eorr i need to know how to take the dash apart so i can take my radio out my self and fix it my self

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I have a 07 GT and just recently, the cd player went NUTS!!! I cannot eject or load any cd's and the display shows initializing. Also, the stereo stays on constantly and chatters whenever I open the doors? It ruined one car battery and the dealer has no idea what the problem is? I think Ford needs to look into this and have a recall on the shaker 500 systems!

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

  • cindy kapp Apr 12, 2012

    my 2007 with the shaker 500 does and says the same thing. I agree with others they should have done a recall on them.

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    Susan Harkness May 30, 2016

    I have the same problem with my '07 GT. Very annoying. Of course, it's my favorite cd's that are stuck in there.

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I have the exact same problem with my 05 shaker 500--okay that's 3 of us. We need a recall and a free new stereo system with labor included

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

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  • RobinMc Oct 06, 2010

    I have the same problem too! I hardly ever use the CD player in my 2008 Mustang, and the first time it happened it was practically new and I thought it was just a fluke. Today it ate my brand new Etta James CD.... I am mad!

  • acstang05 Feb 18, 2012

    i have similar problem 2005 mustang my shaker 500 stopped working when I need to load the cd it does not read it sure I bought a used shaker and ebay it came out from a 2007 mustang the only thing diferent is the plug for antenna you'll need an adapter radio shock told me you can't get it at best buy I made 1 myself after all done I cannot load cd it says cd error I hope that helps someone

  • Colleen Hayes
    Colleen Hayes Nov 09, 2013

    Same here. My 2008 Mustang shaker stereo system will not function and reads CD Error each time I press any button. Now I cannot eject any of my CD's or play any Cd's at all. So frustrating.

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Same issue here. However, mine happened suddenly after a recent auto accident. All I see is CD Error (no CD's in it) and when I try to load any it flashes "initializing" and does nothing else. Weird.

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All problems but no solutions. I found only one type of solution. To get the CDs out, hit load and try to put a CD in even if it already has one, it should stop and eject the stuck disc, after the CDs are removed, disconnect the negative side of the battery for a couple minutes to try and let the shaker reboot itself. Like I said i found this solution and haven't tried it yet but I am going to try because i am having the same problem with my 2005 500 shaker

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I have problems with my 06 shaker 500. A couple times a year the system will freeze, no music or anything. I have to shut my car off and let it sit a minute then restart the car and it will finally work. It also recently started initializing when I put a c.d. in. I had it replaced a few years ago when it started all this, they clearly replaced it with a new unit but the new unit was still doing the same thing, but after the warranty was up.

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I have the same problem. mine pulls the cd's in and then push them out so i just keep my finger there preventing it from pushing it out. It then loads but sometimes it doesn't see the cd in that slot so what i do is to push the load button and then select that slot WITHOUT putting a cd in.It then re reads that slot and then find that cd.You might have to do that with all the slots.

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My husband replaced the battery 2 days ago and my Shaker 500 has been going nuts, turn the car off and the CD player cycles even after turning off the unit and opening the door. He's trying to find the problem (and since I'm married to a technician I'm confident he will) but this is frustrating.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013

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    Sandy Curtis Feb 10, 2016

    Hi Brenda,
    My stereo is doing the same thing after I had a new battery installed. Was you husband able to solve the problem?

  • Susan Harkness
    Susan Harkness May 30, 2016

    Same problem here.

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Here's the solution! (1.) Remove unit (if you're not sure how to there are good visual instructions on Youtube). (2.) Only unscrew the metal cover that has the rubber screw on the back. (3.) Reinstall unit minus the metal cover.(4.) Remove the cd's either by hand or by the eject button when it starts cycling (you may have to take a pen or pencil and probe downward to make the "cd catching mechanism" grab the cd. If it doesn't catch the cd's hole the error codes pop up. (5) Inspect for any broken plastic slots; slot #2 was broken on mine, the cd kept getting out of alignment causing the error msg's. (6) Watch the mechanics as the cd exchanger cycles to see if you notice any thing else funny.

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Undoubtly there's a bunch of us. My wife has had the radio replaced under warranty and it's gone belly-up again. Anyone know a good after market replacement that will fit in our last Ford product.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008

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Ford won't replace or help with anything! My 2005 transmission went out at 62,000 miles. I'll never buy another Ford!!

Posted on Apr 29, 2012

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    Chuck Nichols Nov 05, 2012

    i think you might just be a victim of a bad lemon, which is very rare these days, it doesn't matter what kind of car you buy, all mass production cars are pretty much made the same.

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Start the car, turn on radio to FM, press and hold #3 and #6 buttons. (This will perform a test) then press and hold #2, then press the CD Eject button (this clears any codes), then shut off radio and car.

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Make that four of us ... I went to eject the CD today and it went haywire. *sigh*

Posted on Oct 20, 2008

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