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Check the antenna first from the back of the radio.

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If the "static" you are getting is a high pitched whine and the noise volume increases and decreases with changes in engine speed, you probably have alternator induced radio noise.

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If these steps do not solve the problem, you may need to install noise supression devices. The are available at many retail locations like Radio Shack and some auto parts stores, as well as numerous online stores such as: http://www.crutchfield.com and http://www.sonicelectronix.com.

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I would suggest that the antenna is bad. If the detailer sent the car threw a car wash or just by coincidence the connection may have failed at the base of the antenna. Cheapest troubleshooting solution is buy a replacement antenna for the car and just connect it to the radio without installing it. If the reception dosen't get any better then replace the radio and return the antenna. To recieve AM you must ground the outside body/base of the antenna (not the whip part) to a bare metal part of the car (door jamb etc.). Most car antennas have a TINY center conductor somewhat like copper leaf in the antenna cable that increases the possibility of failure.

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I currently have a MK4 VW golf and I cant get any reception on AM channels on my radio! When we first got the car we had no problems! Any ideas?


Good Day,

This may sound strange but has any aftermarket parts been put on the car since? If you have put on a fiberglass body kit and or fiberglass doors, this will cut down am reception. Another possibilty is if a high output ignition was installed this too would reduce reception. Was the head unit replaced?

Let me know what has or hasn't been done to the car since you bought it and we can run down the possibility.

Good Luck
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