Ford Escort Manual

Radio/cassette player and graphic equaliser - removal and refitting
Electrical system / Radio/cassette player and graphic equaliser - removal and refitting


Note: The information in this Section applies to Ford original equipment fitment components.

Radio
Early models
Removal
1 Disconnect the battery.

2 Pull off the control knobs, the tuning knob spacer and the tone control lever. Remove the cover panel.

3 Extract the four fixing screws from the front of the radio.

4 Pull the radio far enough from the facia to be able to disconnect the aerial, power supply and earth leads and the speaker wires.

5 Unscrew the two nuts which hold the receiver to the mounting plate. Remove the mounting plate.

6 Take off the rear support bracket and locating plate.

Refitting
7 Refitting is a reversal of removal.

Later models
Removal
8 Disconnect the battery.

9 Remove the radio control knobs and withdraw the tuning knob spacer and the tone control lever.

10 Unscrew and remove the facia plate retaining nuts and washers, then withdraw the facia plate.

11 The radio retaining tangs can now be pulled inwards (towards the centre of the radio) and the radio withdrawn from its aperture. You may need to make a hook-ended rod (welding rod is ideal) to pull the tangs inwards to release the radio (see illustration).

21.11 Later type radio retaining tang locations
21.11 Later type radio retaining tang locations

12 With the radio withdrawn, disconnect the power lead, the speaker plug, earth lead, the aerial cable and feed.

13 From the rear of the radio remove the plastic support bracket and locating plate, then remove the radio from the front bracket.

Refitting
14 Refitting is the reversal of the removal procedure.

Radio/cassette player
Early models
15 Proceed as described previously in this Section for the radio fitted to early models.

Later models
Removal
16 Disconnect the battery.

17 To withdraw the radio/cassette unit from its aperture you will need to fabricate the Ushaped extractor tools from wire rod of suitable gauge to insert into the withdrawal slots on each side of the unit (in the front face) (see illustration).

21.17 Radio/cassette player extractor tool
21.17 Radio/cassette player extractor tool

18 Insert the withdrawal tools as shown then, pushing each outwards simultaneously, pull them evenly to withdraw the radio/cassette unit (see illustration). It is important that an equal pressure is applied to each tool as the unit is withdrawn.

21.18 Radio/cassette player removal using the extractor tools
21.18 Radio/cassette player removal using the extractor tools

19 Once withdrawn from its aperture disconnect the aerial cable, the power lead, the aerial feed, the speaker plugs, the earth lead and the light and memory feed (where applicable).

20 Push the retaining clips inwards to remove the removal tool from each side (see illustration).

21.20 Releasing the extractor tool after removal
21.20 Releasing the extractor tool after removal

Refitting 21 Refit in the reverse order of removal. The withdrawal tools do not have to be used, simply push the unit into its aperture until the securing clips engage in their slots.

Graphic equaliser
22 The procedure is the same as for the radio/cassette player as fitted to later models and described previously in this Section.


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