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Old 03-02-2015, 02:19 AM
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Default My dad's 1990 Ranger XLT radio

OK, so my dad's 1990 XLT stock radio and tape deck plays tapes fine, the clock works and the tuner seems to change frequencies, but there's no signal. I'm hoping that the antennae is disconnected and I can buy the two pronged tool to remove the radio and see if its still hooked up.

I mentioned this to my 80 year old father (soon to be 81 in May) and he said he doesn't mind not having a radio. He has a few cassettes that he made from his old 78 jazz albums (some pretty decent- be bop, others not so much- dixieland).

I'm wondering if I really have to pull the radio or can I go in through the glove box and reach up and around to see if the antennae is still connected.

I use this truck often in the fall when I go walleye fishing at night and up to this point have been listening to my MP3 player and a cassette adapter through the stereo. That works well enough, but its kind of cumbersome, and I have to have the MP3 player in a spot where it gets a good enough signal (inside the metal cab I usually have to put it under one of the visors).
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:25 AM
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Default Re: My dad's 1990 Ranger XLT radio

There's nothing special about the radio removal tools. Any wire or nail will do. Cut a piece of coat-hanger into a pair of U shapes. Shove 'em in the holes & pull the radio. Heck, I just used 2-pair of long nails, for a while. A pair of long thin pocket screwdrivers will work too.

The radio sides have spring-loaded plates that just need to be nudged inward (towards radio) about 1/16" while you're tugging out the radio from your dashboard. There's a photo at http://imgur.com/a/xWGY6 Besides, the springs just clip the radio to the bezel, so you can always just yank off the entire bezel with the radio still attached to it.

Oh, and I agree with yo' papa: silence is so nice, sometimes.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:57 AM
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Default Re: My dad's 1990 Ranger XLT radio

Thanks for the tip. Didn't know that I didn't need a special tool to pull the radio out.

Well, I like to have my music with me all the time. I have slight tinnitus (inherited from my father- couldn't have been all the shooting and loud concerts/rock n roll), and having something in the background makes it more bearable.

Also drowns out the Leprechaun in my head telling me to burn things... (Simpsons Ralph Wiggum quote).
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:19 PM
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Would probably be easier just to remove the radio bezel. To bolts and it pops out

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Just seen its a 1990 idk how those Pop out
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Old 03-06-2015, 03:56 PM
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Default Re: My dad's 1990 Ranger XLT radio

Better off using the removal tools.

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Old 03-28-2015, 09:54 PM
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Default Re: My dad's 1990 Ranger XLT radio

Having trouble. I'm using nails, and can feel the springs compress and when I try and pull the radio wiggles but seems to be held in with the bezel that overlaps just a little. Not sure how to remove the bezel, as I can't see any obvious screws or bolts, and I don't want to start prying and split it. My pops would be pissed.

My plan was to pull the radio, reconnect the antennae cable and have the radio working. As he never listens to it, only his old (and I mean OLD Dixieland Jazz) tapes, and even those not often at all.

Can post a pic tomorrow.
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Old 03-29-2015, 06:40 AM
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Looks like U have to take the bezel off. Check youtube

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that the same?
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:40 AM
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Default Re: My dad's 1990 Ranger XLT radio

Not really. Close but not exact. Gives me somewhere to start though...

Here are the pics I promised.

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Old 03-29-2015, 03:06 PM
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So there's no screws behind the ashtray? What about under the radio?
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:31 PM
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Default Re: My dad's 1990 Ranger XLT radio

There are. I couldn't watch the embedded video. For some reason my new laptop sometimes refuses to play them, only shows a green screen. Can hear the audio, and when I use the pointer on the progress bar I can see stills from the video. Just was able to watch the video now, and I'll try it tomorrow.
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:40 PM
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Alright hope it helps
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:03 PM
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Good. Now push the 4 nail heads sideways (ie, all towards doors, not up/down), all at once.
Push all 4 nails sideways at same time, while tugging the radio straight out from dashboard.
... and Presto, it's out.

Spreading those 4 nail heads outwards will flatten the spring-plates against the radio's side, allowing your radio to slide past the surrounding bezel.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:31 PM
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Default Re: My dad's 1990 Ranger XLT radio

Had to pull the bezel off, pretty easy. Two screws at the ashtray, and the a gently tug with my hand and it popped right off. That's the good news.

Bad news. The antennae is still connected, so it must be something else. Guess the tape converter and my MP3 player will have to suffice for now.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:46 PM
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Your problem might be the switch that switches between radio and cassette.

If you take the radio apart and look EVERYWHERE while you pop the tape slowly in and out, you may locate it.

A quick squirt of Contact Cleaner from Radio Shack, or maybe even some compressed air might get you going.
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:11 PM
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Default Re: My dad's 1990 Ranger XLT radio

Eh, not really going to take the radio apart. It's my dad's truck and if I took it apart and somehow the tape payer stopped working he'd be put out.

Going to stick with the MP3 player tape converter for now... Its working fine for me right now, and I'm pretty sure my dad is going to retire the truck when they return from Florida. They have a '97 Caravan with 196K miles. It looks decent except for a little paint flaking off above the slider.

I think dad should keep the truck as it does come in handy a times. I drove the island taxi van (E350 with a high top and a wheelchair lift), and was parking it off the side of the road (between the road and the lake). It had rained a lot, and the van got stuck in the soft (soaked) dirt. Dad's truck pulled it right out, didn't have to give them van hardly any gas (didn't want to dig the ruts deeper). The minivan's V6 wouldn't have been able to do that.

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