radio turns itself on draining the battery


Asked by Nov 04, 2013 at 12:17 PM about the 2004 Ford Escape

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

thought it was the battery so I replaced it.  After replacement, found the radio was turning itself on with the car being off and the alarm armed.  This was what was draining the battery.  Pulled the fuse and everything is good again except I have no radio.

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Gareth Butcher

I'm having the exact same problem in an 07 focus and I'm keen to find a solution which allows me to have the radio back. Which fuse did you take out?

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I took out fuse 5. I found out something I think might solve the entire problem. Will try it out this weekend. I will definitely post the answer. I have found so many people who have this problem and have taken it to a Ford Dealer and THEN THEY NEVER POST THE ANSWER! Infuriating. I will definitely post the answer.

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Not as easy as I thought. I believe it is the accessory delay relay but I need to find out the part number for it. Called a Ford dealer and am still researching.


It is the accessory relay (NOT the accessory delay relay). On the 2004 Ford Escape, it is to the right of the fuses in the fuse box by the driver's side seat. I bought Standard V13081 RY612. It cost me $15.61 with tax. It's been three days and all is well so far.

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Exact same problem...A possessed 2004 Ford Escape! Tried to remove the fuse for the radio and he whole car shut down. Anti theft? Nothing worked. Towed to the dealership and they want over $ replace the Audio unit module??? I dont think so. So now without the fuse they said I would have no radio and cant use the key fob. What they didn't tell me is that none of the power door locks will work and no dome lights. i can't figure how to access the hatchback now and need to carry a walker. I feel Ford has really let us down.

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