Issue with radio

Discussion in '2011+ Ford Mustang V6 3.7L Tech' started by Flusher, May 22, 2022.

  1. Flusher

    Flusher Member

    The radio in my wife's apparently died this morning. The radio just went off, while driving, and no longer powers up. The LCD above the radio controls now only displays the compass, outside temperature, and the clock started blinking. The controls are ineffective to do anything including setting the clock.

    I have checked all the fuses and all check okay. Is the factory head unit DOA or is there an easy fix?

    Thank you in advance.
    David M Miranda likes this.
  2. Iceman62

    Iceman62 Bullitt 6005

    If it is, time for a sweet audio upgrade. ;) :D

    Sometimes there's a in-line fuse w/ audio. What year is your ride, do you have electrical schematics?
  3. Flusher

    Flusher Member

    Thank you for the reply.

    It's a 2014

    I do not have schematics.
  4. Robert Larimer

    Robert Larimer Member

    Some have had luck disconnecting the battery for 10 minutes. Others have fixed it by pulling the radio removing the main board and baking it in the oven to fix the bad solder connections. Heres a video on removing the radio...

  5. Imzorba

    Imzorba Junior Member

    Flusher, I had a long post about this issue previously. I have a 2013 Mustang that has the original factory radio. Mine made a popping sound, and had the same symptoms as yours. After long research, I found out that the head units are made in China, and the circuit board inside, needs to be re-soldered, as the original soldering gives out after a few years. I found a guy in Missouri who is a total expert on re-doing the soldering. I watched videos, which showed me how to remove the head unit. There are many on youtube. I boxed it up and shipped it to him in Missouri. He fixes them pretty quickly, and re-ships them back to you. I am very un-mechanical, and even I was able to remove the head unit after popping out the center console and other plastic coverings to get to the head unit. With paying for shipping back and forth to Missouri, and the cost of the repair (resoldering), I think I spent about a total of $170. You have to decide if you would rather spend more and get a more modern radio/audio/video player instead of keeping the old, original factory head unit. My local FORD dealer was going to charge me $200 just to diagnose the problem. I said "Forget that". Guys will suggest checking the fuses, and disconnecting your battery and other stuff like that. There are many of these Ford Mustang radio circuit boards that give out after a few years. Mine has worked perfectly ever since I re-installed it. It also synchs with my iphone 8. I did notice that the CD player does not work very well, however, since the guy who re-solders the circuit board, does not do anything with the CD play mechanism. So I really can't play CD's in mine, however, I can stream from my iphone so it's no longer a big deal. If you have any other questions, let me know. I spent hours researching this, since I am unskilled as a mechanic, but I had to learn. I also am too cheap to spend like $700 plus to install a new updated audio/video system
  6. totaljustice

    totaljustice Junior Member

  7. Flusher

    Flusher Member

    Thank you. The first video that came up in my search was

    And that guy is pretty local to me.

    I spent some time on Crutchfield, it appears that I would need:

    Minimum, plus a head unit. I was thinking:

    That quickly added up to a grand before everything is said and done. The car doesn't even have premium sound. I think that is just not in our budget right now.

    Would be cool if there was some kind of line input device, that would replace the factory head unit, and provide connectivity between a cellphone and the factory speakers/amps.
  8. Flusher

    Flusher Member

    That's another option, thank you. They might even have some decent aftermarket units available. I bought a lot of parts for my V6 through that site.
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  9. David M Miranda

    David M Miranda Junior Member


    Had this happen last summer in my 2012 gt. Loud pop and radio dead. Bought the tesla screen and I love it except summer because of the AC controls.
    Sent it Tuesday to...
    New message from: pcbimprovement (529[​IMG])
    Thank you for buying the repair service of your ACM
    Please include ebay order number inside the box with the unit and mail it to:
    PCB Improvement
    993 N Grange ave
    Collegeville, PA 19426
    Best regards,

    $157 total and got it back Saturday. Working perfectly...

  10. ShelbyLee

    ShelbyLee Junior Member

    I have a never used Kenwood DNS893S, maestro and datalink setup for my 2012 GT500 still in boxes. I got with the intent to upgrade but my motivation subsided. If interested, PM me.
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