Car Question. I think I need a straight guy?

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  1. CUBE

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    I get into my beautiful 1999 Ford Explorer Sport and notice during the night the clock on the radio must have stopped...though it is currently working the time is off by several hours. This has happened several times over the past few months. The car starts without issue. Now I need to take my car in for oil change etc on Friday morning. If I mention this to the car guy, will he try to rape my wallet for a repair that is not vital to the car? What could it be and should I be worried about electrical or battery issues? This is the problem I need help with my brothers. :)
     
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    I'm not sure man - no good with electricals. Personally, I'd ask him to take a look and give his opinion, on the proviso that no work is carried out unless you agree to it. :)

    Doesn't sound like too much of a prob tho - maybe the radio has a back up battery that keeps the time goin and er...it's running out? Just a guess. :)
     
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    is it digital?
     
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    Because of the age of your car I'm guessing it's the clock and not your car battery or the connections since your car is starting without issue. It can be very expensive because sometimes they have to replace the whole dashboard. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it's the clocks connections rather than anything major.

    PS I'm not a straight guy but I played one on TV!
     
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    Ask him to check your fuses. And if your battery is over five years old think about a new one.
    Don't worry, fuses are cheap!
     
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    My first thought is to have the mechanic check the clock connections. You may have a wire that isn't connected as well as it once was. 12 years of wear and tear can break a solder connection pretty easily.

    As far as getting raped by the price... it depends on what it takes to fix the problem. Make sure your mechanic explains what he/she has to do to fix the problem. Then you be the judge. If the price sounds fair for the work involved, pay it.
     
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    who the fuck looks at a clock these days??? is your cell phone broke too?
     
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    ok I am someone who is crazy with cars, I have build many aftermarket systems,
    First question:
    Is the radio OEM (stock) or an aftermarket unit?
    you can pm me
     
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    My '99 ford explorer did the same thing. Just get a new stereo.
     
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    That's my guess.

    My 1995 Mustang had the same issue.

    I picked up some fuses, popped in the fuse for my car radio/clock and ba-da-bing.

    Issue resolved.
    That's just a guess though.

    I'd do as everyone says and ask the mechanic what he thinks.
    BTW, if you go to a good, respectable they will never take advantage of you, they're not all out to rape your wallet.

    As a matter of fact I've gone to several mechanics all over the country who never even charged me because an issue was so minor.
     
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    Well you dont have to be straight to be a car guy... see my signature.

    Your clock is built into the radio - the only "separate" fuse would be for the clock and radio memory - but it would be completely off, and you wouldn't have any of your pre-programmed stations. Generally there are 2 separate circuits that go to the radio. Memory positive, and battery positive.
    It is most likely a faulty clock timer circuit within the radio.

    Replace the radio if it's that much of a burden.
    Your front bezel on your Ferd should pop off with quick clips. It may have a few screws to get the bezel off.
    Go to a salvage yard and get a replacement radio for around $40-50. If they want more, then go to a stereo installation shop and they can put a new head unit in for you for around $120. Newer head units have USB inputs, so you can download your music from your PC and plug it into the car.

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    Hope that helps,
    Your Fellow queer gearhead
    C from BentGears.com
     

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    Perfect guys, thanks. Now when he the guy at Ford talks to me I have some range of the issues it could be. This was a replacement stereo that I bought after the first one went dead. One asked why not just look at my cell phone...well, I actually thought it was more a symptom of some other electrical problem, and I like the routine of the clock...plus it is a pain to have to place all the stations again. When the power has been out it is like it has lost all memory of the stations too. Thanks again bros.
     
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    Depends. Maybe the person wants to keep it clean and stock duh. A lot of after market radios might cheese it up duh
     
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    Thread win. :notworthy:
     
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    This straight guy has no frick'in idea!
     
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    Well, I used all these buzz words and felt like I could take on the system that is called FORD. Gawd, I so hate Ford...but that is a side note for therapy. I was told it was the battery...well it was replaced many years ago so I went for it. It is all good so far...we shall see. Of course if the stereo acts up again...I will go ape shit on them. They know this.
     
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    Well that's good news. I'm glad it was not more complicated and costly. If it would help you at your future therapy sessions I was an auto show spokesperson for Ford Years ago to help offset high tuition costs for law school. I sometimes have dreams of standing on a turntable and saying with my arms stretched to the heavens... "Welcome to the world of Ford!"
     
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    LOL...as only you can. I hope the car spun and you had a spot light
     
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    Oh it did... The car would spin in an inside wheel and I went around on the outside with a follow spot and a microphone.
     
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    heaven :)
     
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