AM/FM is silent. Cassette works but sound is somewhat scratchy.
The radio sound suddenly stopped. The cassette sound went very dim for a period of months. I paid $35 to H&R Radio in Warminster for repair. They opened the unit and returned it saying that the ''mother board'' was ''corroded'' and therefore the unit was not repairable. Since then some few months have passed and the cassette has recovered on its own to full volume but the quality is somewhat scratchy. I opened the unit and it looks to the untrained eye sparkling clean. It comes from my 1989 Lincoln Town Car which is in near mint condition with just over 100,000 miles and always garage kept. I don't know where the ''corrosion'' factor if true could have come from. Bottom line; I really would like to repair this unit and keep all equipment for the car as original. I've had no luck in finding an exact replacement (Ford Radio E9LF-19B165-AB)
Re: AM/FM is silent. Cassette works but sound is somewhat...
This is a common problem with this stereo. The problem is all the electrolytic capacitors in the stereo leak and change value. This is a major repair job. There are several companies that still repair this stereo. However, I suggest a replacement. There are aftermarket stereos that will work in place of the original while updating you to CD. There is wire harness adaptor needed for the installation and can be purchased from many on line stores.
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Your radio probably needs a constant live to retain the radio settings. It may be that your radio has 2 live wires. 1 live that operates the radio coming from the ignition and 1 coming from a constant live that just gives enough power to retain the memory settings.
If you are going long periods of not using the MGB I would disconnect the battery to stop the it draining. If your battery goes completely flat it will damage the battery
I have learned due to fc regulations the fm modulator only works with the car kit. Looking into a device called a fm buddy that tricks the radio into thinking it's in the car kit so one does not have to pay the extra money for the whole car kit. I use a converter in my vehicle so I can use the home kit in my vehicle.
there is a problem in the tape drive - possibly a bad belt- thats why the cassette adapter keeps ejecting itself- most add on xm tuners have the ability to broadcast its signal wirelessly-you press the menu button then turn the tuner to select the menu option that you want then press on the tuner control again to choose broadcast (fm signal and which channel you want to broadcast to the factory radio-try www.xmradio.com for more detailed info
There won't be a direct plug that will work, but you do have 2 options.
1. An aftermarket iPod interface module. Try PAC, Peripheral, or USA Spec. They may have one for your vehicle that will give you a direct audio in, as well as charging and possibly iPod control from the head unit.
2. A hardwired FM modulator. This would plug in through the car's antenna at the back of the radio, and you will probably find that it gives much better sound quality than the wireless FM modulators you've been using.