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Old 06-10-2004, 07:00 AM   #1
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Default 92/95 radio control fix ( my experience)

Started on the 93 icontrols were replaced in Jan 99 at acost of $295.00. They worked for a while but eventually stopped. I gave up till I joined your group last month and read the article on the tooth pick fix. This went very smoothly, Some of rubbery pins( I'll call them pins) fell out the others came out intact with a needle. Had to try a couple times to get it right, but an hour latter finished and working.
2 days latter started on the 94, controls never replaced on it, Well what a differnce, the pins were fused the sides and came out like it was wet silicone putty. Stopped after getting the goop (pin) out of first hole, I decided to have a cup of coffee and think. Came up with the idea of putting switch in freezer. Waited a couple of hours and tried again.
The pins were starting to shrink, they had pulled away from the sides. They came out in bigger pieces but not intact. I think if I left them in frezzer longer it would have been better.
Happy ending 94 now working just fine.
Thanks to everybody for your ingenuity!!!!!
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Glad to hear that. I was one the guys who had the idea to try pieces of toothpicks, and it'* still working fine on my '93 (knock on wood, get it?)

The next problem you may have with the radio, though, if you use the volume controls on the front of the radio, is that the spring mechanism(*) inside the volume **** may fail. It'* failed in both of my bonnies. Oddly enough, the one on my '92 just broke about a week ago, and I was surprised to see that the UP and DOWN switches both broke at the same time. One mintue they worked, the next minute there was no spring tension and they didn't work. When the one on my '93 broke, only the volume DOWN switch spring broke but the volume UP spring and switch still worked.

I've looked at electronics parts stores and in electronics parts catalogs, but haven't found replacements for the volume control *****. Best bet is probably one from a junk yard, but chances would be good that that one may develop the same problem too.

One of these days I'm going to take the radio apart and disassemble the volume control switch **** and see if there'* any creative way to fix it. I once took apart the one in my '93 but decided not to try to disassemble the volume **** because it'* not designed to be serviced; instead, I swapped the broken volume **** with the working station tuning **** and wired an external momentary contact switch to allow functionality of the broken part of the broken ****.

Lately I've been thinking about maybe replacing the radios with used ones from the newer bonnies, but I read about the wiring mods involved, etc., and it deterred me from that idea (at least for now).
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