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All of a sudden my radio displayed acquiring signal and now nothing will work. I have reset it to factory default and still nothing.

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Tuner needs to be replaced. Where the antenna is input into the board, it has a bad solder joint. If it's older than a year that's the problem. It has been a BIG! issue with SIRIUS & XM. Sorry for bad news but I hope this helps.

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