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Old 01-10-2013, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 99 Sable LS Duratec: Cassette adapter problem

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As my Sable has no CD player and I'm a little tired of listening to news on the radio, I bought a cassette adapter to listen to music from my phone during my commute. I plugged it in for the first time this morning. All was well for about two minutes, and then the music was intermittent:

Music... silence and grinding from the tape deck... music... silence and grinding from the tape deck... music... silence and grinding from the tape deck.

Thoroughly miffed, I tried to eject the adapter, and the deck would suck it back in after popping it out. I eventually got it out: I had to grab it fast and pull, but not without the deck trying hard to take the adapter back in. The display also didn't say "TAPE," it was mangled into "TPOJ" or something like that.

So, is it the deck or the adapter? The deck could be dirty; the car came to me in March '12 after the original owner, my grandmother, passed away, and I'd bet she rarely ever used the stereo. Any other ideas?

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Those adapters (at least any I've had) only turn one way. What may have been happening is the auto reversing was swiching from side A to side B and then back to side A. The cassette player is thinking the tape is at the end. Tape the adapter and flip it over and put it back in. It will probably work. The wire usually has a channel that you can route it the other way so it will come out of the player.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Those adapters (at least any I've had) only turn one way. What may have been happening is the auto reversing was swiching from side A to side B and then back to side A. The cassette player is thinking the tape is at the end. Tape the adapter and flip it over and put it back in. It will probably work. The wire usually has a channel that you can route it the other way so it will come out of the player.
Thanks for the reply! I'll see if I can move the wire so that I can put the tape in another way. Can you clarify what you mean by "tape the adapter"?
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There is a gearset inside the adapter that might be jammed, explains the grinding and intermittent play. Flipping the tape is a great idea, Or you could simply mess with the side button until it cooperates.
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Sorry that was a typo, I meant TAKE...lol
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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While my vehicle is a 96, I doubt the tape deck is too different between my Taurus and your Sable. I have tried all together 4 different tape adapters, none of which worked. What would happen is I would get sound, it would switch to side 2, get no sound, switch to side 1, get sound again, and then spit out the tape and give me an error message.

I eventually gave in and bought a dash kit and head unit and installed them so I could listen to something other than the radio.

I have read a few threads were people have had modified their adapters to work. Im guessing your running into the "auto-reversal" mode which makes the tape switch side due to drag in the gears. If the drag is too great the tape deck thinks the tape is over and switches sides. I guess changing the gear configuration inside the adapter has worked for some, you could try your luck with that.
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The other options I have found was to hard wiring an input to the tape head and an adaptor that connects to the amplifier in the trunk. Both you can Google and find out more infomation. I looked up both options because my daughter did not want the cassette. She decide to go with a CD changeout. $40 on ebay.
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Ugh. Thanks, guys. It sounds like I could save myself a lot of grief by eating the $8 I spent on the adapter and then springing more for an adapter that works on frequency modulation instead.
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Be careful getting the adapter out we had the same problem with one getting stuck and then the player would run constantly and ended up draining the battery. We had to replace the complete radio/climate unit to fix the problem...I really don't recommend using an adapter in the cassette deck. BTW, this happened in our 99 Sable.
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I would replace the entire unit. Shouldn't be too expensive at a pull your parts yard.


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