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Electronics => Repair => Topic started by: Cyberdragon on December 26, 2014, 09:11:03 pm

Title: Ford Car Stereo
Post by: Cyberdragon on December 26, 2014, 09:11:03 pm
I got an old car stereo from my neighbor after she had it replaced. Apparently she forced a disk into the CD player instead of letting the auto-feed take it and jammed it. I can't see anything visibly broken inside the CD player, so the next step would be to turn it on.

It's a Ford 1L2F-18C815. How could I power it outside of a car? I have found the pinout for a similar model ( (, is it as simple as connecting 12v to the power input? I just want it to turn on for now (to check disk drive), doing something with it will be later.
Title: Re: Ford Car Stereo
Post by: tiago on December 27, 2014, 02:46:45 am
Ignition will also need to be connected or else it wont turn on. Usually 12v as well.
Title: Re: Ford Car Stereo
Post by: SeanB on December 27, 2014, 05:18:11 am
You will have a 12V always on supply, and an ignition switched 12V supply. On the link shown use J1, 12V to pins 9. 10 and ground to pins 11, 16. Use a power supply that can deliver 5A, as there normally is a high power draw ( around 3A for a half second or so) on power connection as the caps inside charge up and it does it's motor shuffle.
Title: Re: Ford Car Stereo
Post by: Hashim on December 27, 2014, 01:41:04 pm
I have done this many times. All you need is a 12v DC source and it can be either a 12v battery like anything from 5amps should work fine or a 12v dc adapter. These car stereos have two + wire, one for the power on which disconnects when you turn the ignition off and the other + wire is always on even after ignition off and this is for stereo internal memory (for song resume function etc). The black wire is ground or negative. You need to attach both these + wires to positive of battery and negative to negative of battery and stereo will work.

To locate the pins for these 3 wires you need to either look at the wiring harness (red and yellow are + and black negative) which connects to the stereo or just take it apart (dont turn it on, just take it apart ;)
Title: Re: Ford Car Stereo
Post by: Cyberdragon on December 27, 2014, 07:12:09 pm
WE HAVE POWER!'s quite broken. :-BROKE It keeps saying INITIALIZING then CD ERROR.  It won't let me even put a disk in. If I push "load" it says SLOTS FULL and it's clearly empty since I inspected it and found no disks inside. After prying open the slot and trying to put a disk in it won't auto-load it.
Title: Re: Ford Car Stereo
Post by: Falcon69 on December 27, 2014, 07:15:00 pm
Living up to the name. FORD, Fix Or Repair Daily, Found On Road Dead.....

Just get an aftermarket deck and call it good.  :-+

FYI, we had the same thing happen to the deck in my sisters Ford Excursion. It was a multi-disc changer.  No discs in it, and it still said CD ERROR. Same thing, slots full, and no disc in there.
Title: Re: Ford Car Stereo
Post by: SL4P on December 28, 2014, 12:34:57 am
If all she did was try to stuff a disk in, then 99% chance the damage will be to the 'door' area or the disk-present switch (maybe an opto or leaf spring).
Get the lid off, and it should all make sense.
Title: Re: Ford Car Stereo
Post by: georges80 on December 28, 2014, 12:49:20 am
CD's - eek, why bother. Nearly as bad as having one with a cassette player :)

I stopped using CD's years ago. I just rip them all on a PC and put the files on flash drives and/or ipod/smartphone (Bluetooth stream) etc. Last thing I want is a mechanical player in a vehicle. CD's in a hot vehicle, not a good idea when there are much better options available now.

Plenty of mech-less players out there these days and a lot of quite inexpensive ones if you're on a budget.