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I'm bringing up a topic from 8 years ago, but no solution was indicated then. That is, the radio/cassette in my '96 (which is from a '94) stopped working about 4 months ago with the dreaded TAPE showing on it's dial. Here is where it gets weird, the '94 the radio came out of was built exactly 4 months before our '95 which started flitting between working and showing TAPE today. I wish I had marked the calendar the day the '96's radio cassette stopped working. But the question is, has anyone been able to find a fix for this? I would really like to keep the '95 stock. Given my experience, I would like to know if this is a plague striking all mid 90's Escorts at this time. By the way, installing four 4-way speakers make these factory radio's sound really good.
 

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I've never heard of this issue, but I had some other trouble with my radio so took it out. I was surprised to see a Factory Refurbished sticker on it!
My stock speakers are shot, but I also want to keep things looking original so would like to find cheap and cheerful "good enough" speakers that fit the car nicely.
 

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GOOD! I haven't been deluged by people saying that their radios are dying. I feel safe going to the salvage yard and pulling one.

Yes, cassette players have some rubber parts that deteriorate with age, especially if they are exposed to heat, dry air and ozone. We just use them to plug in those cassette adapters even though the one in the Lincoln still plays.

Gabriel (our late son) left us with 6 new 4-way speakers. Four went into the '96 and two went into front doors of the Lincoln. When rebuilding all six doors on the Escorts, part of the rebuild included fronts for the '95. Though I hate buying anything from China, I couldn't find any made anywhere else and I was impressed with speakers in the '96, so I bought another pair like them. The brand you ask? Schoche, the Wal Mart brand! However, one of those bought speakers is rattling already and I just now started wondering if the speakers are the cause of my radio failures. The speakers in the rear of the '95 are the originals, no tears and they sound as good as they ever did, which defies logic since they are exposed to the sun.
 

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Do what I did, a 7" screen fits in there nicely.
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Here's a better pic. I moved the A/C to the bottom, but you don't have to for this mod.
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Nice (Fiero) radio repair video.
I fixed mine as well, and got the cassette player working. However the radio volume weirdly goes up and down on its own, from very quiet to very loud, randomly.
Any ideas about fixing that?
 

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I'm bringing up a topic from 8 years ago, but no solution was indicated then. That is, the radio/cassette in my '96 (which is from a '94) stopped working about 4 months ago with the dreaded TAPE showing on it's dial. Here is where it gets weird, the '94 the radio came out of was built exactly 4 months before our '95 which started flitting between working and showing TAPE today. I wish I had marked the calendar the day the '96's radio cassette stopped working. But the question is, has anyone been able to find a fix for this? I would really like to keep the '95 stock. Given my experience, I would like to know if this is a plague striking all mid 90's Escorts at this time. By the way, installing four 4-way speakers make these factory radio's sound really good.
When I was shop foreman at a couple of different Ford/Lincoln stores here in Houston, there was a company here that refurbished them. It was 22 years ago so I've no idea if they're still in business. I recommend the all-seeing all-knowing Google. There are refurbishing companies out there, the question being if they work on moldy-oldies.
 
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