It’s driving me crazy, every time I start my Ford Focus car, the radio turns on but no sound comes out. Just like some other problems I had with my Ford and now it’s been almost two years since my last repair and I think it’s about time to fix these problems once and for all!
So if you want to know how to fix your Ford radio that turns on but doesn’t play any sound – keep reading!
Turn off car audio completely
For a quick test to confirm whether your radio problem is related to your radio’s internal components or to its power source, perform these steps: * Turn off your car and make sure that you don’t have any other devices (like cell phones) plugged into your cigarette lighter or power outlet.*
Press and hold down any button on your stereo unit until you hear a click sound. In addition, if you only need to change one song, press an auxiliary input button (such as AUX or CD) instead of turning on the entire unit.
This should be enough to get through just that one song without it affecting all of them. If after doing these tests there is still no sound coming from your car stereo, then it may be time for a replacement.
Check all cables connection at the back of your stereo
The first thing you want to check is if all of your cables are properly connected. The most common problem with speakers is a broken or frayed wire which keeps them from making any sound.
If you find that any of your wires are disconnected, plug them back in and test again. If all cables are connected and there’s still no sound, continue reading for possible solutions.
Try to get a new set of cables, if possible
If you have a second cable, try swapping it with your old one and see if it works. This might seem like an obvious step, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t think to do it.
This is especially true if your problem is intermittent; maybe a wire in your car came loose or something changed on another part of your car’s system.
If you can’t find a replacement cable or get another set of wires, go ahead and follow our next tip. It will work whether you have sound now or not.
Reset your radio by unplugging the battery cable for 10 minutes
If you have a Ford vehicle and your radio is making strange noises or doesn’t play music at all, it may just need to be reset. To do so, unplug your battery cable for 10 minutes or more (the longer, the better).
After you disconnect your battery cable from your car’s electrical system, try turning on your radio. If it works normally without any noise or distortion, then resetting worked. Otherwise, check to see if there are any loose cables in your car that could be causing a short.
Note: This will not work for Fords with CD/DVD players. In these cases, you’ll need to replace one of two parts. Either replace your AM/FM antenna mast or change out a power control module (PCM) to fix the problem noise.
Replace stereo amplifier if it is already faulty
One of my favorite sayings is that if you can’t fix it, then fix it. You will save time, money, and frustration when you take your car or home problems to someone who knows what they are doing.4
If at all possible, go with a professional; your vehicle or home might be beyond your capabilities. If going with a professional isn’t an option for you, try to seek help from a friend or neighbor who has some experience with cars or houses.
They might not know everything about fixing homes and vehicles but they might know where to find some help. Don’t worry about trying to do it all yourself; let them lend a hand! It’s always better when people come together to make things happen!
Call professional help
If your radio is a touch screen and you are still not able to make it work. You may need a more complicated repair that requires specialized tools. Find a local auto shop in your area or try using google to search for one close by. You can also contact Ford support.
Try looking up radio repair [your zip code] on Google. If you can’t find anyone, call around until you do find someone who can help. Tell them exactly what your problem is and they should be able to diagnose it over the phone and give you an estimate of how much it will cost to fix it.
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Watch this video to set your Ford radio
In order to fix the Ford radio turns on but no sound, you will have to locate and check out your vehicle’s battery. You can test your car battery by using a simple voltage meter or also known as a multimeter.
The purpose of testing is to look at your car battery’s state of charge and it helps you identify issues such as electrical faults, short circuits, corrosion, and sulfation.
This can be done in one of two ways; checking voltage with a voltmeter or getting an overall picture of state-of-charge with an ammeter in series with a voltmeter. If any readings are below 12 volts you may have a bad connection or loose cables that need to be checked.