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Mazda 626, Fujitsu tuner

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Wayne Tiffany, Sep 7, 2004.

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  1. I have a Fujitsu Ten modular radio (Model AE-3050TY1A, S/N 9102692) in my
    1985 Mazda 626 and the tuner has developed a problem. It would occasionally
    lose its presets, as in clearing its memory. My first thought was that the
    constant +12 supply line was dropping, but I caught the tuner blanked out
    one time when I had the meter hooked up, and the supply was still there. So
    then I thought maybe it was a cracked solder joint, but a trip of all the
    boards under the microscope found none.

    I have checked the ESR of all the major caps and all appear to be ok. I may
    have missed something there as I just received & built my ESR meter over the
    weekend. But I compared caps of similar sizes, and also compared to others
    I had, and I didn't find any that raised alarm.

    The original symptoms started about a year ago, but were so random that I
    could never catch it being bad long enough to do any more than wiggle wires,
    etc. Now it finally totally quit, so whatever was deteriorating, finally
    quit.

    Has anyone been through one of these? Any guesses out there? Schematics
    available? Thanks for any help.

    WT
     
  2. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    In the past I have managed to obtain parts and schematics for
    Toyota/Fujitsu Ten gear from Fujitsu Ten (Australia).

    In North America you could try the following:

    Fujitsu Ten Corp. of America

    Address:
    19600 South Vermont Avenue
    Torrance, CA 90502
    U.S.A.

    Contact:
    Tel: +1-310-327-2151
    Fax: +1-310-767-4355

    Business activities:
    Manufacture, sales and service of car audio products and car
    electronic devices.


    - Franc Zabkar
     
  3. Thanks - I'll call today.

    WT
     
  4. JR NORTH

    JR NORTH Guest

    Vibration damage to car stereo boards is common. Look for
    components/boards that are mounted at right angles to the main board and
    soldered to it. Vibration usually will damage the solder connections
    here over time. Resolder the input plug connectors, 90° boards and tall
    components, like caps and tuner section, where vibration is magnified.
    JR
     
  5. Thanks for the thoughts - I'll check it out this weekend. Any more out
    there?

    WT
     
  6. A bit of further observation. I have had the radio installed since the time
    of this post and after paying attention to it, I find that it works ok if
    the temperature is below about 75° F, and also above about 40° F. I've seen
    devices become sensitive to being too hot, but never one that would also
    quit at a low temperature. Any more thoughts?

    Just another note - I have gone over the boards under a microscope and found
    no solder problems.

    WT
     
  7. Asimov

    Asimov Guest

    "Wayne Tiffany" bravely wrote to "All" (29 Nov 04 08:11:24)
    --- on the heady topic of "Re: Mazda 626, Fujitsu tuner"


    Definitely bad solder joints...


    WT> From: "Wayne Tiffany" <>

    WT> A bit of further observation. I have had the radio installed since
    WT> the time of this post and after paying attention to it, I find that it
    WT> works ok if the temperature is below about 750 F, and also above about
    WT> 400 F. I've seen devices become sensitive to being too hot, but never
    WT> one that would also quit at a low temperature. Any more thoughts?

    WT> Just another note - I have gone over the boards under a microscope and
    WT> found no solder problems.

    WT> WT
     
  8. Here's another interesting update. I haven't had the time recently to pull
    it back out, so I am in the observation mode. :)

    This morning it was about 25°F and of course, the radio would not work
    properly. However, I did listen to local TV channel 5 for a while! It
    lasted until the interior of the car warmed up a bit, then back to static,
    then to some radio station that I never did identify. All this without any
    response from the buttons or display. So, since channel 5 frequency is
    below the bottom end of the FM band, it would appear that I have something
    that is drifting to the low side. Interesting.

    WT
     
  9. Don

    Don Guest

    You might want to check the voltage along the trace instead of a visual
    inspection. I had a similar problem with the stereo in my '82 Supra (I
    think it was a Fujitsu). I ended up running a jumper from the connector
    where the +12VDC standby came on the board to an IC on the far side of the
    board. Followed the trace to get there, but there did not appear to broken
    anywhere.

    Good luck!!

    Don
     
  10. Were you having these kinds of temperature issues? You're also suggesting
    that there is a micro sized crack not visible that's causing the issue?
    Hmmm, could be - I'll try that next time I pull it out. Thanks.

    WT
     
  11. Don

    Don Guest

    Wayne,

    If I recall correctly, the problem was actually occurring in the summer.
    The radio would loose all it's presets during the day when the car sat out
    in the sun. I would reset everything on my way home from work and I seem to
    remember it holding most of the time until the next day. Obviously, it was
    cooler in the evening and the car was garaged once I got home. Certainly
    sounds like you are having thermal problems.

    Good luck with it!

    Don
     
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