Originally Posted by spit
I have a 96 SE... It plays fine..but after 2-3 weeks or so I noticed that the display would randomly start to flash all kinds of crazy gibberish.
Not sure that the problem is in the radio or the dimming/daylight sensors etc. I have no idea where to look Any ideas?.
OK. It could be the sensors. It could be your headlight switch, which has the twilight circuit in it, and in some cars they continually cook/short.
Since you screwed around with the internals of the radio, the probability that i have the fix goes down considerably. But I'm going to answer it anyway, as if you hadn't.
If your radio display
starts sending you messages in alien script, or it goes on sometimes, and off other sometimes, If it gets light or dark..... Any problem in the display has about a 95 out of 100 probability solution..... it'* the bulb.
The bulb is not only a bulb, but also a circuit connection with info for the display. I always keep a supply of 3 or 4 of them in reserve. I have never had a stock radio dysfunction, except the bulb.
You might want to try this. It takes all of 15-20 minutes to pull the cover and radio, fix it and put it back. Take the front cover off. you will see the bulb in its sacred shroud. Twist out the bulb. Not just the glass. The bulb is clipped in and the clip is part of the circuit and bulb. It'* a 1/4 turn and and out. Spray it and its connection on the board with electronics cleaner and replace it with a twist back. And try it. You may get lucky. Other wise you'll have to replace it with another.
I don't know if anybody supplies them anymore. I get mine at my fav u-pull-it boneyard.
Please note, when you take the front plate off of the radio there are a plethora of pins which are kind of tender. When you remount the face take time to make sure you carefully align it. In the past if anybody replaced a bulb and immediately had another problem with the radio, it was because they bent a pin replacing the faceplate.
Hope that works, it almost always does.
edit: i just noticed this was Sept not Oct, but it'* a common problem with a simple solution. So I'll leave it.