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Old 03-17-2015, 12:31 PM   #1
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Unhappy Stereo issues -LOUD popping, crackling, white noise ---HELP!!!

Buyer's remorse or blue oval blues. My stereo has decided to terrorize me with LOUD popping, crackling, and white noise. In the beginning my stereo would make a loud pop and then not emit any sound. The display would work, and I could change the stations, inputs, and volume, but no noise would come out of the speakers. I would simply turn the car off and back on and the problem would be resolved. Since, this gremlin has transformed into a creature off a "Predator" movie. Now when I start my car, the music may play for a couple seconds and then the loud popping takes over. Whether the volume is on "1" or "10" the noise is just as loud and startling. I would simply turn off the power to the stereo, but this did not seem to alleviate anything. Although not as consistent, the noise seems to intermittently come even if the car is turned off and the key NOT in the ignition.
As stated, this noise is very loud and startling. It startled me enough that I accidentally jerked the wheel out of reflex while driving down the highway yesterday. Music is a luxury, but having the crap scared out of you by your own car while driving is a GIANT SAFETY ISSUE!!

A little back history on this vehicle: I bought it brand new from a Ford dealer. My last vehicle (Toyota) was completely unreliable and I was excited to have a new, dependable, car with good fuel economy and would bring me peace of mind. Unfortunately, this radio issue is not its only defect. As many others, I too have been dealing with the transmission issues of it shuttering, grinding, losing power, and killing my MPG.

Is there any hope in Ford rectifying my issues or should this lemon be returned to the farm? Unfortunately my warranty has expired as I am now at 40,000 miles. One dealer wants $80 just to diagnose the radio issue, while the other wants $120 to do the same. Both stated that the transmission parts are on back order so they can't do anything about it for a while. I have read other threads from people with this radio issue and am wondering if Ford is acknowledging this issue or simply trying to sweep it under the rug and let their loyal customers' wallets take the heat for their shortcomings??

I don't hate Ford, my other Ford vehicles were awesome. But this one has made me lose a lot of hope in their brand and the overall quality of American auto manufacturers' products.


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Because OEM sux.

Look for bad or shorting speaker connections or wires.
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Freemind------ I appreciate the quick response.

The thought crossed my mind as far as connections and shorts in speaker wires. I'm not an electrical/wiring guru, so please correct me if I am wrong in my school of thought here. I would think that if that was the case, I would not have the loud noises if the radio was turned off. The car can be locked and completely turned off, I pull my keys out, unlock it and open the passenger door and the noises start. I would not think that a lose connection or short would cause this as no signal is being sent to the speakers. No music, no parking sensors, and no door ajar beepers as I used the passenger door instead of the drivers and did not put the keys in the ignition.

Like I said, please correct me if my logic is wrong here. That's why I opted to post a thread---- for constructive criticism and help.
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You have noises from the speakers with the key off?

That is a different creature indeed man. let me see if I can get a hold of someone for you from ford service.
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Thanks a million freemind!! I sent a PM as well.

And to clarify:
1) Yes, the noise has occurred without the keys even being in the ignition. I went to a local car audio shop to see if they had any clues as to identifying the root of the problem. When I got there I put it in park, set the parking brake (its an automatic, but there's no reason to put any added strain on a questionable transmission), turned it off, pulled the keys out of the ignition, and used the key fob remote to lock it as I went inside. As me and a tech walked outside to look at it, I unlocked the car with the key fob, opened the passenger door, and as I sat down in the passenger seat the loud noise came for a few seconds. ----my keys were still in my pocket.
2) All equipment on the car is standard. The only aftermarket mods made were tinting the windows. It is equipped with "sync," but does not have the touch screen nor navigation. It also does not have remote start. ----- I don't know if any of this makes a difference or not, but I wanted to be clear on what it is equipped with in case one electrical system could maybe be disrupting the others.
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There is an umbilical connector in the door jamb. Make sure that it is tightened down all the way. This can be done by hand.
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I'm having the EXACT same issues. Started just by a couple seconds of popping then the deck just not working. Now the deck stops immediately as I start the car, crackling and popping don't stop until car is shut off, locked, and interior lights dim. I also have a 3200w amp and a massive sub so it's a nightmare and i'm sure i'll get no assistance from ford because the aftermarket sound system.
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I'm having the EXACT same issues. Started just by a couple seconds of popping then the deck just not working. Now the deck stops immediately as I start the car, crackling and popping don't stop until car is shut off, locked, and interior lights dim. I also have a 3200w amp and a massive sub so it's a nightmare and i'm sure i'll get no assistance from ford because the aftermarket sound system.
List brands and models.

What size power and grounds plus electrical mods do you have?

I've got auction in the morning so, I am done for the night. I'll check back in the morrow.
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I know this isnt what you want to hear but it sounds like a good excuse to upgrade.

At first i was going to sugest deox-it but that would be more work then its worth removing the radio to spray all the knobs and connections if your going that far you might as well just put in a better unit.

None the less i dont see it being a fix that isnt going to involve removing the radio. If its a ground or a bad connection your going to have to tear it out.
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