Re: have SkyiFi 2 and use with cassette adapter - but,...
From the XM user's manual, page 14.
1. Make sure your SKYFi2 is turned off. Unplug any accessory from SKYFi2’s audio jack. 2. Turn on an FM radio and place it close to your SKYFi2. 3. Tune the FM radio to each of the following FM frequencies: 88.1, 88.3, 88.5, 88.7, 88.9, 106.7, 106.9, 107.1, 107.3, 107.5, 107.7, and 107.9. 4. Note the frequency that has no FM station or the least amount of interference. 5. Turn on your SKYFi2. 6. Press the “menu” button. 7. Use the scroll wheel to select “FM Frequency.” Press the “XM” button to confirm. 8. Use the scroll wheel to select the frequency noted in step 4. Press the “XM” button to confirm. 9. Press the “menu” button to return to the main menu and then again to return to the play screen. 10. You should now hear XM programming over your FM radio. If the sound is not clear or you hear interference or static, try another frequency by repeating the process above.
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<p>An iPod can store hundreds of songs makes it an ideal source
for music on your car. Buy an adapter is the easiest and cheapest way to
connect your iPod to your car stereo system. Do you know which adapter fits you
best and know how to use the first steps to expand their musical possibilities.
<p>Tape deck <br />
<p>1. Buy an iPod adapter cassette player, if your car has a
cassette player. This is one of the easiest and cheapest way to get your iPod
to play music from a car radio. A cassette adapter is shaped like a tape with a
wire connected to an end. <br />
<p>2. For a cassette adapter or a store of electronic music in
good standing. This adapter is relatively easy to find and can usually be
purchased for less than $ 20. <br />
<p>3. Slide the cassette tape in the car. Take the end of the
cable and connect the headset to your iPod. Select a song to your iPod and
press the "Play". Be sure to order the car stereo's cassette player. <br />
<p>FM Transmitter <br />
<p>1. Purchase an FM transmission adapter if your car has a
cassette player. This type of adapter connects to both your iPod headphone jack
or car cigarette lighter and stream music via FM radio signal. <br />
<p>2. In an FM adapter to send any electronics store. This
adapter is a little more expensive than a cassette adapter. Make sure you have
an FM transmitter instead, for many FM stations broadcast from a transmitter
can only be transmitted to a unit to buy. This gives you more options when
you're in certain areas where FM stations are vague or nonexistent. <br />
<p>3. Connect the FM transmitter for the iPod to a lighter
(depending on model purchased). Turn on your car's FM radio and find a channel
that is unoccupied. Adjust the transmitter to the channel number exactly the
same and then to match the iPod. For example, 99.1 FM if you find a free
channel in your area, the FM transmitter on 99.1 reading. Connect the iPod and
press "Play." <br />
<p>Extra- <br />
<p>1. Purchase an additional cable if your car has an auxiliary
input panel. This type of iPod adapter is one of the easiest ways for your iPod
to play music in the car. <br />
<p>2. Find a reputable shop and buy an electronic overhead.
This type of iPod adapter is usually sold for about $ 10. <br />
<p>3. Connect the cable to the extra auxiliary input on the
dashboard of your car and plug it into the iPod headphone jack. Make sure the
sound of the car is in standby mode. Select a number and press the
"Play" button on the iPod to the music to start. <br />
No jack on factory stereo. You'll have to use either a cassette adapter or an FM adapter; both plug into your regular mp3 line out. Cassette adapters are not as reliable but cheap and don't use power, while FM adapter requires power (from 12V or battery) and is more expensive.
The simplest way to swap the stock radio out for the cassette player would be to go to a radioshack or bestbuy, normally they will carry a double-din to single-din adapter so that the smaller after market radio fits into the existing location snugly. They usually also carry a wiring harness adapter that will plug right into your dodges existing harness and you can just wire nut or solder & shrink wrap the adapter to the pioneers harness, saves a lot of time and insures everything is where it needs to be.
Normally you can get both adapters for under $15, hope this is helps.
I think you are saying you are using a cassette adapter to play the external iPod/PSP etc. and I presume the cassette plays regular tapes OK. The auto-reverse cassette player thinks the 'tape' is over, so reverses then ejects. You can try putting in a regular tape, change sides then eject. Try the adapter again. Hopefully the adapter will work in 'one' direction.
I do not know who told you that but that is bull. I have installed many stereos, especially CD players, in to many fords. I don't care if the year of the car was 1978 or 2006. As long as you have the right harness connected you will have no problem with the system in you car.
I also have a '95 ford explorer. Same problem. I took the screws out of the tape and opened up the adapter. I took out all the gears EXCEPT for the one large one in the middle two on either side. Now it works perfectly.