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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:35 pm 
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Location: Peterborough
Car Models: Saab 9000s
I've an original Saab Clarion radio cassette head unit in my 9000 (the one with the small detachable rectangular black keypad). The LCD display is all washed out - as if it is on 'above' full brightness such that the green background is the same brightness as the lettering, and you can no longer work out what the display says. The radio operates fine, but it is a matter of guesswork when it comes to using it or setting it. Is there a fix for this at all?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:42 am 
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Location: Sunny Spain
Car Models: Saab 9000 CSE; Saab 9000 CD
If all else fails, I have a radio, unused for umpteen years Saab part number 45 36 660.
It worked when replaced. Code is written on the top. Boss wanted a USB facility.
Someone might tell you if your prob can be fixed with the front removable part changed, in which case, postage a lot easier.
Good news.... free to you, postage cost required.
Bad news... it's sitting in my home in Spain.
If this becomes of interest to you, suggest postage after the Christmas traffic.
Bill


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:36 pm 
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Car Models: Saab 9000s
That's very kind and I'll take it please! And happy to provide a donation for your troubles. Like you suggest, happy to wait until after the Christmas rush. Will PM you later. Thanks again!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:18 am 
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Car Models: Saab 9000 CSE; Saab 9000 CD
Posted Saturday 29th. It's a big box ! Hope it works. Have fun with the unwrapping. Message in there somewhere.
Bill


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:39 pm 
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Location: Sussex
Car Models: '04 9-5 Aero est., '97 9K Aero
I know you plan to just replace the whole thing but in case it’s useful to others, the whole facia unclips once the volume knob is removed, not just the keypad. The security code is incorporated in the facia so if you know the new Clarion’s code you could transplant it to the existing mechanical section. I lost a channel output in mine, so did the reverse transplant, keeping the original facia. I researched renovating the display a couple of years ago, failing to source replacement filaments small enough, including in the States. Clarion couldn’t help either.

There are two tiny bulbs soldered to the board, illuminating the LCD. Similar era Clarions in other vehicles used similar bulbs of course, but it turned out to be easier to get another complete unit.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:56 am 
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Location: Aberdeen
Car Models: Saab 9000 aero w/jules-tune
Sounds like the classic clarion cracked solder issue, you need to open it up and reflow the solder on part of the board, cant remember exact which bit but there is a guide somewhere on here


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