Mileage: 79,000. The radio/stereo antenna is integrated in my back windshield, and I am having problems with static. The dealer suggested re-tinting since the tint put on by the first owner was a "metallic-type" tint it would have an effect. I paid $300 to re-tint with a non-metallic tint. My radio still has static. I have contacted the dealer once again and now they say there is something wrong with the wiring in the radio. Can you help me?
The process of installing the tint involves using some type of knives or x-acto knife. While installing the tint, the wiring embedded in the windshield gets cut, and the radio won't get proper signal thereafter. Your dealer probably owes you a new back windshield...I know, it happened to me...
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Re: problems with static
We doubt there is anything wrong with the wiring in your radio. It has been our experience that after market window tint can cause static and poor reception in vehicles that have radio antennas built into the rear window. Removing the tint improves the radio reception but still leaves something to be desired, especially on AM.
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This sounds like an internal problem with your stereo. Slim chance its your antenna. I suggest bringing your stereo to a main dealer (expensive) or if you can try another stereo. if this works ok its a problem with your stereo
It is the top[ lines in the rear glass. If you look close, you can see the separation. Most new window tints are metallic, and ruin the antenna, I made sure they didn't tint the antenna on my 2003 Civic. Any aftermarket antenna will work, the antenna cable coming out of the radio is just like any other.
Buy yourself an aftermarket antenna and install it. Do not get a power retractor, nor one with a ball on the bottom, just one of those simple 31 inch rod units.
You will most likely have to pull a fender liner to mount it and fish the cable around to get it to the back of the radio. Try and avoid an extension cable. A local car stereo store could do this cheap in about an hour. Retracting antennas, in the windshield antennas just do not work.
Antenna connector behind the radio must be loose or barely connected to it's socket. Now you're getting all the noise electricity can throw at you. Check it by pulling the radio out with the specific radio tool, and don't forget the radio code, you'll need it when you reinstall it back again for it to operate.
Sounds like either a bad radio, or your speakers have gone bad. Do they sound alright with the CD player? If so, you have eliminated the speakers. They do also have problems with the antenna cables themselves
no, GM producst are fairly eazy.
there is a trim piece that goes around the radio, held on by push tabs... just dont be afraid to tug at the panel. it will pop off..
then 2-3 bolts mounting the radio.
radio will slide out.
if the antenna is in the window, look for a thin filament where it has to jumper across from the body to the glass.. usually up high, and you'll need to remove the pillar trim.
Have you had any elecrical item replaced recently... ie alternator, battery, blower fan etc?
This will sometimes cause the ground path back to the battery to shift, or has higher magnetic interference than the oem unit.
Hope this points you in the right direction.
I charge $40/hr for troubleshooting which is the national average.
Your local stereo shop should be able to sniff out the problem for you n a reasonable amount of time.