Ford Escape XLT

When i 2005 escape you turned on headlights and radio lights went out turned off headlights lights came back on radio?


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2008-07-03 18:56:26
2008-07-03 18:56:26

If you turn up your interior dashboard light settings, then the radio display will be brighter too. The radio dims to the setting for the dashboard when the lights are turned on.

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