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Radio Question
ES TC NUT Offline
Junior Member
I have the original am/fm/cassette radio in my 88TC and I can barely see what station it is on regardless if the lights are on or not. Is there a bulb in the radio that I can change or are they all this way?

88lxr4ti Offline
Junior Member
There is a light behind the diplay.But to replace it you'll have to solder in a new one.Try radio shack for the right one.
I think it's just simpler to replace the radio.Maybe someone here has a spare.

TCx2 Offline
Senior Member
Ah.. I think the bulb is plug in if I remember correctly. I know it was in my 88 Bronco. Seems I also changed it in my 88 TC.

Bulbs are hard to come by tho. I got my last ones at Ford. A lot cheaper than a whole radio.

88 White TC, 5spd, Loaded
88 Black TC, 5spd, Base
87 LtBlue TC, 5spd,Loaded
67 Green Ford Fairlane 428CJ 5spd
89 Fiji Blue Chrysler Conquest
03 Mercury Marauder "Supercharged"
03 Ford Excursion(King of the SUVs)
04 Mustang Cobra - Screaming Yellow
10 Challenger R/T "Supercharged"

TurboCoupe50 Offline
Posting Freak
TCx2 is correct it just plugs in. The bulb is #37, any good auto parts should have it. To replace it, remove the radio, then the top cover. The bulb is in a socket directly behind the display. Twist the socket to remove it.

Two 1988 Turbo Coupes ..... yea one of em has a 5.0 And runs 13.3s
1988 Turbo Coupe331 AOD

1972 Comet GT

1969 Fairlane Cobra 428CJ 4-Speed

Jeff K Offline
Back when I had stock Ford head units in my cars, I usually just cut the connector off, and get a 12V "grain of wheat" bulb from Radio Shack for $.89, which has wire leads. I solder the bulb leads to the radio leads, stick the bulb in the hole, and secure it with a dab or RTV.

Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 00 Windstar (wifes vehicle)
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized

Jeff> Sounds like an awful lot of work to save a dollar or so.

If I remember correctly I just pulled a bulb out of a spare system sentry panel and threw it in the radio. They should be the same size bulb.

87 TC 5-speed Black, loaded. 17psi, G3 alternator, KB subs, Grant steering wheel, custom greasable swaybar bushings, K&N. Soon to have KB Trackit Axle brackets, Maximum Motorsports lower control arms, T-3, Saab intercooler, ranger roller cam Gen1 DSM BOV and rebuilt front suspension.

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