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Distorted sound Loud static sound has started. You can hear the program playing, but with a lot of static. When it started all I had to do was touch the unit and it would clear up. Then it got worse and if you pressed the unit it stopped. Now I can't get it to work at all, sometimes if you touch it again all you get is static, then it cuts out completely.

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  • Anonymous May 02, 2008

    My back light went out and now the transmitter seems to have a hard time transmitting. Tons of static!

  • echyone Jun 06, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. I it got so bad that no amount or squeezing would stop the static. Eventually I cracked the LCD and now I have to buy a new one.

  • xytqw Jul 08, 2008

    Distorted sound started suddenly after 2 + years of flawless performance. Just touching the unit will invoke the distortion. A static sound over the regular programming. Squeezing unit gets relief sometimes.

  • Anonymous Jul 23, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem. I used to be able to squeeze the receiver and base together to hear the sound, but now all I get is loud static. It worked without any problems until this, and I have no idea what to do. I'm hoping someone has a solution before I go out and buy another receiver.

  • toddarmpit Sep 03, 2008

    I also have the same problem! It also worked flawlessy for about 2 and a half years. PLEASE, somebody, Help!

  • Anonymous Oct 17, 2008

    My st2 worked for 3 years and now has static. Squeezing helps until I hit a bump.

  • netsfan Mar 17, 2009

    I had a similar problem. Got my unit about 3 years ago. All of a sudden I get intermittent static. Touching it sometimes helps, but then the static comes back shortly after. Squeezing it seems to work, but it's not so easy to do while driving.....

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I have had this problem also. While I haven't completely fixed it I have figured out the root of the issue. Within this unit there are two circuit boards. Between the two boards is a white connection. It appears this connection becomes loose or is susceptable to the heat that is generated from the unit. I've tried teasing out the pins within the connection to see if they can get a better fit together. This will work for a little while but then the static returns. I'll post back if I come up with a final solution to this problem.

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  • JaBurd Jul 19, 2009

    Ok, here is what I have done to remedy this issue: Remove the 4 screws from the back of this unit. Take your fingernail or small plastic point and carefully seperate the back black bezel from the front silver bezel. Un-solder the FM transmitter antenna, or bend the antenna as you pull the two circuit boards out of the back bezel. The issue is caused by the connector that sits between the two circuit boards. It is located in the bottom right of the unit right behind the 0 key and down arrow. Manipulate the two boards by spreading them until the static goes away (unit plugged in and running). Once you get the connection to a point where it is no longer making static take some super glue and glue the connector into that position. So far this is working for me, and I don't have to replace the unit.

  • PakChoi Jun 10, 2014

    The only problem with this fix is that you can no longer separate the two boards which makes the connectors inaccessible for any future repairs..

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I also have the same problem after flawless reception for 3 years. Squeezing helps until Ihit a bump. Please help.

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