Question about Kenwood Car Audio & Video

1 Answer

I have poor FM reception and almost no AM signal

I have poor FM reception and very limited AM signal. This is with a Kenwood KDC-MP242 receiver in a 1998 Buick LeSabre. I want to use the antenna embedded in the rear window. Is there a wire which should be connected to provide power for the antenna? Thanks, Karl

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • Karl Loucks
    Karl Loucks May 01, 2010

    Is there an antenna booster? The antenna cable feeds into a box next to the rear window.

  • Karl Loucks
    Karl Loucks May 02, 2010

    I checked, there's no power for the radio antenna at that box. There's a wire on the MP242 receiver harness that the manufacturer said should not be connected. Is that blue wire usable?

  • Karl Loucks
    Karl Loucks May 08, 2010

    Yes. They helped me connect the wires properly, and I have great reception now. Thank you.



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 2,841 Answers

There is no power to the antenna itself. The antenna connection simply plugs into the radio. Check the connections at the rear window to see if one of the wires is loose or disconnected.

Posted on May 01, 2010

  • NOT ME May 01, 2010

    There may very well be a booster and if there is then it may or may not be powered. Check for power at that box.

  • NOT ME May 02, 2010

    The blue wire is an antenna wire but you already have a antenna so that is not used. If you have the antenna hooked up to the radio and the radio previously installed was working correctly I would suspect there is something wrong with your Kenwood. Did you look at the antenna in the rear window to see if there is a break in in the circuit? I would contact the manufacture here or return the radio for a replacement.



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Why my kdc mp242 kenwood says protect

Could You give me a better description on what says protect?

Aug 27, 2014 | Kenwood KDC-MP242

1 Answer

Kenwood kdc-mp242 main sceen doesnot light up anymore or when it wants to,radio work well

you probably have bad solder connections on some surface mount resistors inside of the radio. they would be on the right side of the radio as it is facing you. they need to be resoldered.

Sep 28, 2010 | Kenwood KDC-MP242

1 Answer

Kenwood kdc mp242, no sound, ford explorer, 94

if that ford had premium sound you have either not hooked up the factory amp or you have blown a fuse to it. you won't get sound unless that amp is hooked up.

Jan 03, 2010 | Kenwood Car Audio & Video

1 Answer

Cannot get the demo mode to turn off on my kenwood kdc-mp242

press & Scroll menu til !demo" appears in screen, then turn to off

Dec 29, 2009 | Kenwood KDC-MP242

1 Answer

New kenwood kdc-mp242 installed turns on but no sound

The Blue/White wire, Brown wire, and Blue wire???? These don't have to be connected unless you are using a separate Power Amp...if you are, then the Blue/White wire needs to be used to switch on the power amp. Here is a link to Kenwood for your KDC-MP242 Instruction Manual. Reference page 16.

Dec 28, 2009 | Kenwood KDC-MP242

1 Answer

No sound on Kenwood KDC-MP242

the sound producer needs re soldering,take the lid of and look for malted solder

Dec 26, 2009 | Kenwood KDC-MP242

1 Answer

MP3 CD will not work

did you give the mp3s seperate tracks when you made the cd if not it wont work

Dec 02, 2009 | Kenwood KDC-MP242

1 Answer

AM Reception

what kind of car are you driving. on some cars the antenna need to be extended in order to recieve am reception.

May 27, 2008 | Kenwood KDC-222 CD Player

Not finding what you are looking for?
Car Audio & Video Logo

Related Topics:

131 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kenwood Car Audio & Video Experts

xxxxxx xxx

Level 3 Expert

4869 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers


Level 3 Expert

76691 Answers

Are you a Kenwood Car Audio and Video Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides