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Lincoln Aviator



  • I have a '03 Aviator with rear DVD player. I can get the DVD to play but I can't get
    the audio to play. I've learned I need some headphones. Where can I order these from? But the big issue...Why doesn't the DVD play through the speakers???
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Did you check the owner's manual? The one online doesn't have the info on how to operate the DVD system. Normally the sound is routed into the OEM radio as a DVD input (cycle through am/fm1/fm2/cd/etc or as an auxilliary input source.

    Are you sure this is OEM or was this added aftermarket? The OEM unit uses wireless headphones that should be orderable from any dealer. Or call your dealer and ask them who does their radio repair - it's usually done offsite by a radio specialist. They can probably get the OEM headphones also and may be cheaper.
  • You're right. The dealer does use an outside contractor to make this sort of repair. I had to call around to find that out. The dealership I purchased the vehicle didn't seem to know that. It looks like the Lincoln/Mecury dealerships (in Maryland) use a company called Tri-State Auto.

    This is the rear DVD player that Ford/Lincoln puts in its SUVs. I'm shocked at how little they know about it.

    The system seems to function except for the audio. I agree that the audio most likely plays on one the the channels (FM or AM). Does anyone out there know what station to tune to for the DVD audio???
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    According to the 2003 Navigator manual (should be the same as the Aviator) you should be able to toggle between CD and DVD audio by pressing the CD button. Try that. You can find the 2003 Navigator OM (and all others) here:
  • They do on Jaguar XJR's!
  • I'n not sure if there is a way to do this on a ford, but there is for toyotas. We have an 04 Aviator, and I prefere not to put on my seat belt until after I get out of the drive way. Anyways, sometimes i end up idling for a while before i back out, and the warning gets really annoying. Is there anyway to disable it like with the camrys?
  • Spare wheel's on Aviators are black. A/C compressor's "grind"!

    Buyers beware,

    Anybody out there experiencing a "Grinding Noise" when they turn on their A/C compressor? Seems common in '03 & '04 Aviators only. It is a "NO FIX" problem because of a "DESIGN FAULT" aka DEFECT allowing fluid to drain down into the bottom of the casting. Turn on the A/C (hot or cold motor) and the piston grinds coming up.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Gee - I don't know. But you might want to check page 184 of your owner's manual (that thing in the glovebox that nobody ever reads). What a silly place to put information on how to operate your vehicle.
  • yea, I actually did read the manual at some point, but can't seem to find it anymore. The point is, a service tech claims that there is no way to turn it off, but I just want to know it there is a way that service techs aren't suppose to tell you.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    The procedure is right there in the manual. If you can't find yours then get it free online:
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Oddly enough, in 03, all Ford SUVs got 5 matching wheels - well, almost matching in some cases. But that was the only year. from 04 on, they are black as you say.....

    As for the grinding, if you're talking about start up, you're correct, and all Fords do it. But it only happens if the compressor has been idle for more than a day, and is "normal". Has been for years. It's not impressive, but the subcontractor who makes those compressors hasn't been asked to redesign them - as they work great for years and years generally, and are very efficient. A little noise.....vs. mediocre performance, I'll take the daily grind.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    "Lincoln's new Aviator SUV, which will arrive next year as a 2007 model, will use a six-speed automatic transmission and Ford's new 245-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine."

    Ford Plans for New V6, V8 Revealed (Inside Line)

    Did they forget the roof?


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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    i keep hinting to my wife that i'm getting to the age where i want a 'lincoln'. we had all 3 generations of sho's. i still want an suv. aviator is looking really good!
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I sure relate to that. I got that bug in 92, and bought my first Lincoln, a brand new Continental. Not the best car I have ever had, but it was the greatest design. I loved the limosine roofline, the room in the back seat, the ride, the comfort the handling was pretty good for a FWD sled, and the power wasn't all that bad. With the 6 cylinder, the mileage was good! As it aged, it gave me problems so I traded it in 96. Have been driving Lincolns ever since.
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    Wish to see a teaser of the next Aviator? Take a look at the first story...

    link CLICK
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Cool, ANT -Thanks!!
  • I experienced a similar problem with my Dealer installed DVD Player. It was installed by a local Car Audio shop that is contracted by my Lincoln Dealer. Therefore, the system is covered by the car manufacturer's warranty.
    The problem developed about nine months after taking delivery. The DVD video and IR (wireless) headphone audio were fine but I had no audio over the speakers. The audio from the DVD is wired to a converter that sends an RF signal to the FM radio on a prescribed frequency and thereby to the factory speakers. A toggle switch turns on the converter.
    The problem with my system turned out be a failed inline fuse holder. The plastic fuse holder was installed over the radio. One of the tabs failed and the fuse lost contact.
    The fix was to remove the fuse and the holder and reconnect the power wires with an inline splice. The fuse was redundant protection since the converter gets power from the radio power circuit and this circuit is protected by the radio fuse.
    Chances are, your audio converter is not receiving power due to an open in the circuit as a result of a blown fuse, faulty toggle switch, broken wire or bad connection in the power circuit.
    Hope this helps.
  • Here it is:
    Step 1
    Turn the ignition to the run position. (Do not start engine)
    Step 2
    Wait until the safety belt warning lamp turns off. (Approximately one to two minutes)

    NOTE: Steps 3 through 5 must be completed within 60 seconds or the procedure must be repeated.
    Step 3
    Buckle then unbuckle the safety belt three times, ending with the safety belt unbuckled.
    Step 4
    Turn the parklamps/headlamps on then off.
    Step 5
    Buckle then unbuckle the safety belt three times, ending with the safety belt unbuckled. After this step the safety belt warning lamp will be illuminated for three seconds.
    Step 6
    Within seven seconds of the safety belt warning lamp turning off, buckle then unbuckle the safety belt. This will enable the belt minder if disabled or disable belt minder if enabled.
    Step 7
    The following sequence of events confirm the belt minder is enabled:
    - flashing of the safety belt warning belt lamp four times per second for three seconds
    - three seconds with the safety belt lamp off
    - flashing the safety belt lamp four times per second for three seconds again
    Step 8
    The safety belt lamp flashing four times per second for three seconds provides confirmation of belt minder disabled.
    Step 9
    After confirmation, the deactivation/activation procedure is complete.
  • Just FYI- I own a 2005 Aviator- and it has been in the shop since 3 days after we bought it- I have had a lot of problems with it including but not limited to-Steering shaking, pulling to the left, the drive shaft replaced, the shuddering when turning- 3 alignments- 3 balancing, Power steering return hose, and ford has advised me that the "vehicle is pretty good"
    that is scary- by the way it's 3 mognths old with less than 2000 miles on it - i bought it new-been in the shop 6 times- for about 25 days-
  • My 2003 Aviator radio goes in and out of station all over town. When I first took it to the dealer....I was told the base was too high!!!! that was the problem....I figured i would give it a shot..after all you never know...A few weeks later i took it in again and told them i really do non think that it is the base because it doesn't happen when i play my CD's...When i came to pick it up. I was told that they could not see anything wrong with the radio. So i took them for a test drive...Now he was able to hear what I did. So I brought it back thinking it would be fixed...When I came to pick it up I was told again they could not see anything wrong with the radio...So I asked did you hear the radio do what I said..He said Yes. But since there is no report and they can SEE nothing wrong they refuse to fix it. No connection were tested or even attempt to see placing another radio in would do the same thing. Can anyone help me??

    I have owened a Land Rover Ford Escape and Jeep Liberty and I have never had a problem with the radio and if i had ANY problems they were more than happy to fix it or atleast look into it.
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