DIY Ford Stereo Troubleshooting

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DIY Ford Stereo Troubleshooting
Vehicle speaker (mini car speaker image by robert mobley from

The stereo in your Ford vehicle is nonserviceable if it breaks. The head unit can fail from normal use because electronic components simply wear out over time. Speaker systems generally fail in Ford vehicles because Ford uses paper speaker cones or some other cost-effective material in their speaker systems that rips or tears over time. Even on higher-end audio systems, the speaker cone is not immune to ripping. Replacement stereo head units and speakers can be purchased from an aftermarket supplier of car audio equipment if you need to replace anything. You may also be able to replace the stereo equipment with factory original parts, depending on the year of your Ford. But, before you replace any of your stereo equipment, you should troubleshoot the problem.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Flat-tip screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Open the fuse panel under the steering column. Pull down on the fuse panel to remove it.

  2. 2

    Pull the fuse for the radio using the fuse pullers in the fuse panel. Use the fuse diagram on the underside of the fuse cover to locate the fuse for the radio.

  3. 3

    Check the fuse for the radio. If the fuse is blown, replace the fuse with another fuse of the same amperage.

  4. 4

    Turn on the stereo in your Ford. If you hear any vibration or distortion, you may have a damaged speaker. Shut off the radio.

  5. 5

    Pry the speaker covers off of the suspect stereo speakers and inspect the centre speaker cone for any damage. You will be able to see a visible rip in the cone if the speaker is producing a distorted noise or vibration (or if there is no sound coming from your speaker). Replace any damaged speakers.

Tips and warnings

  • For specific information about your Ford stereo, consult the particular vehicle's manual.

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