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Replaced factory radio with a pioneer unit. Radio reception very poor. Installed powered antenna adapter. No change. Any ideas?


Pioneer is a first line brand and should provide you the best signal. If you had good reception previusly and with a new Pioneed unit it's poor, your new Pioneer is defective!. Take it back and demand your warranty, so they should change it or repair it so it should sound perfect. DON'T TRY TO "repair" IT Might lose warranty!

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Hi I have poor reception in my car. Not sure exactly where the booster or being a calais where abouts is the second antenna? I heard that they had a built in one in the rear window. Is that true?


They came standard from the factory with an electric ariel, The ariel was located in the LHS Fr quarter panel just in front of the passenger rear vision mirror on the door. not sure if they had the adjustable electric ariel which would have an up and down arrow button just on the deck or under wear the factory head units were installed. The biggest problem for reception is if they are not earthed properly against the car. if the antenna has been replaced theres a good chance someone may have stuffed up the installation. its best to take the front left tyre off and remove the inner wheel guard/surround so you can get to the ariel unit. from there the cable just runs through the firewall panel and behind the dash to the stereo. they are easy to pull through but make sure you know which holes they came through. when pulling new cable you should remove the glove box to. just pull one of the back corners to the center and it will pop out then the rest is easy.
To simplify things you could just install a manual ariel aswell (430) new electric ones may cost around $100 for a aftermarket one.

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Poor reception is ant. No reception is radio. Poor explanation gets poor answer

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for the poor reception have you plugged in the antenna wire into the radio

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I get no FM and very poor AM reception. 2003 Merc


make sure the antenna is plugged all the way into the back of the stereo

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My Audi A4 1.8T saloon has lost aerial reception and every station is unlistenable, my aerial is built into the back window, any idea what the problem could be? Thanks, Jim.


It is probably the stereo.. It could be that the pre-amp (which is a small amplifier on the signal coming in from the antenia) has failed.. With out the pre-amp working the reception will be very poor..

Good luck..

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Check the antenna connection where it connects to the stereo it may be loose or not in all the way.

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Why does my radio get poor reception


The radio has a built in small power sourse to increse reception. A reception booster..
That power sourse may be failing..
Very common on the stock stereos..
In my opinion - it it worth wile to have a brand name stero installed.. It is not real expensive to do..

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Factory fit stereo has poor radio reception


Was the aftermarket kit made in China? If so, that's probably your main problem!

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Factory radio reception failing


I would suggest installing what is called a filter capacitor.You can get these at most car audio shops or a electrolytic capacitor rated at 16v or higher and around 30uf (the capacity is not very important) you connect it from the Positive to the Negative on the radio. The idea being a capacitor will allow the A/C current (noise) to pass through to ground without going into the radio and this is usually the cause of poor reception.

Another possible cause could be simple a poor quality antenna, some manufacturers are going cheap on the antennas since most people don't listen to the radio anymore. You could try to screw an antenna off of a different car onto the base on this one and see if that clears up the problem, they are a some-what universal thread.

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