How to Use the MP3 Player in a 2006 Ford Focus

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How to Use the MP3 Player in a 2006 Ford Focus
Listen to music in your car from your MP3 player. (mp3 player image by patrimonio designs from

The advertising on the factory CD/MP3 player in your 2006 Ford Focus can be misleading. Yes, it can play MP3s, but not from an iPod or MP3 player. When Ford says it is MP3-compatible, they merely mean the CD player can play burnt CDs containing MP3s. However, it is possible to add an adaptor to your stereo that will allow you to play your portable MP3 player through the car's system.

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Things you need

  • MP3 adaptor
  • Screwdriver
  • RCA cable

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  1. 1

    Buy an adaptor that will allow your car's stereo to use an MP3 player via the AUX jack in the back of the radio.

  2. 2

    Disconnect your car's battery as a safety precaution before working with any electronic system on your car.

  3. 3

    Remove the radio that came with your car by prying and unclipping the radio/climate control bezel from the dash. Unplug the 12V receptacle plug.

  4. 4

    Take out the four screws that are securing the radio to the sub-dash and pull the radio forward so you can disconnect the wiring harness and antenna from the back of the radio.

  5. 5

    Pull the radio out. Plug your adaptor into the 16-pin DATA port on the back of the radio.

  6. 6

    Ground the adaptor by attaching the black wire to a nearby bolt on your car's chassis.

  7. 7

    Attach your MP3 player to the adaptor with an RCA cable. Reconnect your car's battery and turn the stereo on. Turn your MP3 player on and press the AUX button on the stereo. If you hear music through the car's speakers, you're ready to reinstall the radio. If not, recheck your wiring.

  8. 8

    Mount the adaptor somewhere safe. Inside the dash behind the radio is preferable if there is room. You could also have it in your glove box.

  9. 9

    Remount your radio the same way you removed it. Be sure to reattach all cables and clips.

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