I can't get any reception with my radio. The cd player works fine but the radio barely picks anything up in the city and is all static on the highway. Just bought the car used and it seemed to be working yesterday when I drove it and tonight when I got in it what I described is what it was doing. Any ideas?
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Assuming the vehicles antenna is intact and in one piece, check the antenna connection behind the radio. If the antenna is connected behind the radio, there could possibly be a problem with the radio's tuner (internally). The only way to properly diagnose this problem is to place a radio that is known to work into the vehicle (simply to test) and check the radio reception. If the radio reception is improved and working, you know the problem lies within the radio itself.
If it still does not work, there is a problem with the antenna on the vehicle (disconnected, damaged, cut, etc.)
it's at the rear of the car on the passenger side -- many FM broadcasters are very low power, but even so the Cavalier is a small car and shouldn't have any problems, I have one that is used in a '02 Sebring with no issues -- if you have problems with reception of normal broadcast radio, the problem may be with a connection (either at the antenna or back of the radio) also ensure that the radio is on the same frequency as is being broadcast.
Sounds like the CD changer is defective, sometimes the dealer will offer a "one time goodwill" repair when it is out of warranty for miles but not for the time period. Check with the dealer where you purchased the car.
i would pull set out and have a look at the printed circuit from the aeriel to where ever it goes to in the circuit board ,if i couldnt repair it ,then i would have a nice drive to carrefour(hypermarket) and buy myself a belson which has usb/sd card/cd and they do one with blue tooth all for about 100€ and fit that .who needs a cd changer when you can put a 2 gb sd card in that can hold 40 +cds or plug your i pod in