MSSS SKIPPING MODIFICATION
Originator: Ron Greene <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Contributor: Eric Fawcett <email@example.com>
Purpose: To eliminate/reduce the very common problem of the stock MSSS CD
player skipping like a banshee.
Required tools/parts: Phillips Screwdriver, 1/2" Thick sponge or spongy
weather stripping (approx. 12" length by 3/4" width by 1/2" thick), small
rubber washers or more sponge (read these instructions thoroughly to decide for yourself).
Thanks to everyone who responded. After doing some research and talking to a couple of
people, here is what I found concerning the Stock MSSS CD unit skipping way too much. Be
advised that this procedure seems to have fixed mine but I cannot guarantee it will do
anything for you:
- The radio is well placed in the dash to the point it might as well be welded to the
- I took apart the center console/radio dash getting a better look for myself. There
are many screws that must be taken out.
- There are two screws behind the eyeball vents. just pop the vents out to see them.
- There are two screws in the console box and one under the ashtray/cupholder.
- There are two screws (one on each side) of the center console towards the front.
- Lift the center console out of the way (remember to remove your shift knob and
disconnect the two plugs that go from the dash to the center console).
- Once the center console has been removed, you will see two more screws at the bottom of
the radio dash (they were previously hidden by the center console). Remove these
- Now you should be able to remove the radio dash (the plastic piece going around the
radio, vents and controls). The radio dash is held on by three clip type prongs (one
on each side center and one at the bottom center). Carefully pull the radio dash
straight out to disengage the clip prongs (it takes a little force).
- You should now see the MSSS unit in all it's glory. Remove the the four screws that are
at each corner.
- Here's the tricky part... We need to move the MSSS out of the way so you can get to the
radio bay: Pull the unit out straight towards you (Mine was difficult as some of the
wires that connect to the back were wrapped around a bracket, but with a little force the
bracket bent enough to free the wires, you might not have this problem). You need to
pull the unit out enough to be able to get your hand in and disconnect the three plugs (one
upper left and two bottom right). Once you get the plugs disconnected there will still
be the antenna and a grounding wire connected to the back of the MSSS, but I was able to
get the MSSS out and had enough slack in the antenna/grounding wire to move it out of the
way without disconnecting these.
- On the back of the MSSS you'll find a small tongue with black rubber on it (it fits
into the bracket in the back of the radio bay when the MSSS is pushed in) . Its held
on by one screw. Take it off.
- If you look at the bottom where the radio rests in the dash you'll see the two raised
areas that support the bottom of the MSSS. I took two pieces of sponge and glued them
down. Use something that is 1/2 inch thick but not stiff. Others have used some of that
1/2 inch sticky-back spongy weather stripping instead of sponge and also had positive
- OPTIONAL: The originator of this fix didn't do this, but I did so I
thought I'd mention it: I also put a piece of the 1/2 inch sticky-back spongy weather
stripping on the bracket in the back of the bay. This is the bracket that the rubber
tongue (removed earlier) use to fit into, it is also the bracket my wires were
wrapped around in Step 4 above. Anyway, I bent the bracket back into position and slapped
some weather stripping on it for good measure.
- I placed the radio back in the dash (don't forget to re-connect the three plugs/wire
harnesses) and screwed the four screws back in. I put a small piece of sponge between
the screw and the dash and left about a 1/16 of an inch loose. Others have used small
rubber washers instead of sponge and also had positive results.
- Re-install radio dash, screws, eyeball vents, center console (don't forget the two
plugs), screws again and shift knob.
"I took the car for a test drive, making sure to hit some railroad tracks at a
good speed. The car bounced significantly, but not a single skip."
- Ron Greene 11/98 (originator of the fix)
"I would say your fix solved 90% of my skipping problems. My route to work each
morning averages two or three skips one way, this morning... Not one skip! Since the fix
I've only had one skip, but it was on a real nasty stretch of pavement that shakes the
whole car, even the skip I had wasn't as bad as it used to be."
- Eric Fawcett 12/98 (Fan of the fix)