PIONEER NAVIGATION RADIO - SEEK FUNCTION INOPERATIVE - SERVICE TIP
Publication Date: November 30, 2006
2006-2007 Five Hundred, Freestyle 2007 Fusion, Mustang 2006-2007 Explorer 2007 Edge, Expedition, Explorer Sport Trac, F-150
2006 Zephyr 2007 MKZ, Mark LT, MKX, Navigator
2006-2007 Montego 2007 Milan 2006-2007 Mountaineer
Some 2006-2007 vehicles equipped with a Pioneer Navigation Radio may appear to have a defective seek function. It may be reported that the radio Seek function is inoperative, Seek will not stop (keeps scrolling through stations) or the radio exhibits Poor FM reception. This may be due to a misunderstanding of how the operation of the PTY (Program Type) feature functions. The PTY feature filters out radio stations that do not fit a selected category of radio programming like: Top 40, Classical, and News. The result is a "continuous seek" condition if the feature is activated and no stations are found under the selected category.
Follow the Service Procedure to identify the PTY (Program Type) setting.
To confirm the PTY (Program Type) setting use the following steps:
Under MEDIA, select the FM tab. (If you do not see an RDS and PTY button, push the SHOW OPTIONS buttons).
Verify RDS and PTY are enabled by the buttons being illuminated. If the text, above the SET PTY button says anything other than ALL, the unit is filtering for radio stations that transmit RDS text and are categorized as the selected Program Type, like: Top 40, Classical, and News. (See Figure 1)
To change the setting, either press the SET PTY button and select ALL. Or disable the PTY feature by pushing the PTY button.
Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage