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Old 08-18-2016, 02:54 AM   #1
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Unhappy Car Radio turns on when car is off (drains battery) and stops when the car is on!

Hi guys. Well we have a Ford Focus CC with Radio 6000CD. Last summer radio started to turn on-off by itself when the car was off. Finally it drained battery too. At the garage they told us it broke and needed replace. But we took the radio to another guy and said ot was full of humidity (hope thats right cause english is not my mother language) and cleaned it pretty cheap too. This summer we have the same problem. Only this time as we drive the radio is dead (only the lights turn on-off) but when we park and switch off the key..... it begins to play :-( .
I thought to replace the radio but if it is humidity, then the new one isn't going to eventually have problem too.
Anyone has any ideas how to solve this???


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Old 08-18-2016, 03:07 AM   #2
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Current solder (lead free/low lead) has an issue with growing dendrites (little hair like growths) that can cross connect circuits. Seen it here regarding instrument cluster faults solved by good cleaning of the circuit board.

I wouldn't be surprised if your salty humidity might make it worse for easier cross connections.

If cleaning is cheap enough and you're happy with the radio, maybe he can lube it a bit to slow it down when cleaning.

New radio, prob. a more modern replacement if desired, could be a longer lasting solution. Stock radio would be too expensive by comparison I think.
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Old 08-18-2016, 03:22 AM   #3
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This happened to an 18 wheeler I drove. They replaced the radio.

I didn't think about humidity being the cause but it makes sense. The primary air gauge on a different 18 wheeler recently went bad for what was probably the same reason.
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New radio, prob. a more modern replacement if desired, could be a longer lasting solution. Stock radio would be too expensive by comparison I think.
My thoughts. Why fight keeping that worn out piece of crud when you can get a brand new aftermarket unit with more features for the same money?

I installed in Florida for years. Humidity wasn't THAT big of a problem. If this is the original head unit, it's like 9 years old. Buy something new and run it till the wheel fall off.
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