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Losing Radio sensitivity (the station) on Mitsubishi Grandis, The radio is 2Din AKB-U2002A-1

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  • chaiml May 19, 2011

    Thank you for your respond. However, the car is Mitsubishi Grandis (not Lancer). In the Grandis car there is internal Antenna (on the left rear window) with Amplifier.
    The Radio works O.K. from time to time it lose the station.
    My issue is how to increase the receiving signal.


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Are you sure there is nothing wrong with the aerial? Possibly bent the radio connector so that the centre pin is now shorting to earth? Also Try a length of wire direct from the aerial socket to the outside of the car, just poking out of the car a couple of feet will do, make sure you put uninsulated wire into the socket. If there is no improvement then the fault is in the radio. Some radios have settings enabling them to only receive strong radio signals (sometimes called DX on/off or local on/off) It could be that yours is set to local on or DX off. If there is improvement with the direct wire the fault is in your aerial. Also take a test meter and check the resistance between the centre pin and the outer sheath. If it's zero or close to zero there is likely to be some type of short.

So I think the most likely problem is a broken or lose power connection. Many radios lose their presets if power is interrupted. This could be at the fuse box, or inside the radio or somewhere in between.
If you can get at the radio wiring harness and identify the continuous power input wire (the one that feeds the clock and presets is different from the switched line that powers the radio), you could try running a new wire from a different unswitched fuse or a new fused line directly from the battery into that line, perhaps using one of those clip-on wire tap things. If the problem goes away, you know the problem is not the radio, but somewhere between the battery and the radio. A loose connection inside the radio is harder to diagnose.

Please get back to us if you have further query else please accept the suggestion.

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    Thanks for contacting
    FM radio waves can be affected by many factors ranging from terrain to equipment. In general, FM transmissions are lines of sight — similar to light waves. Unless an object (building, ridge, mountain, etc) is between, you should have clear reception up to 50 miles from the transmitter. After 50 miles, reception becomes a factor of the strength of the signal, as much as your location in relation to the transmitter. In these cases, terrain and equipment are major players; these folks probably live on hills, and/or have outside rotorized (pointable) antennas.
    Following are some suggestions for improving home reception through the addition or adjustment of receiving antennas. These methods may or may not work, but improving your antenna is the single best solution to reception problems (short of moving or installing a translator). The solutions offered here range from things you can do for free, to equipment you can purchase. We are not selling equipment, just passing along tidbits of verified reception lore for your listening pleasure.

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