First test to see if you really do have a factory Sirius antenna. The dealer will tell you the car is Sirius ready, but that does not mean you have the antenna. Your radio should have a "SAT" button on it....pushing it should bring up the Sirius emergency weather station, which will play even if your sirius isn't activated. If pushing the "SAT" button does not do this, then you simply have a "Sirius Ready" factory radio, and no factory Antenna and/or tuner. In this case, my advice would be to either mount a sirius antenna on the roof and get a starmate or something, or go to Dodge and spend upwards of $700 for the factory sirius antenna and tuner. If you car does have a factory sirius antenna....then just call 888-539-7474, and activate the sirius that is already in the car, no need to add anything. Hope this helps or at least clears things up.
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The 2012 Dodge Caliber had a Sirius radio instead of XM - BUT - you will have to check if it has a "FAST" or a "SLOW" "BUSS SPEED" - that is very important that the radio you replace it with has the correct buss speed. Sirius will only work a little while longer as they are eventually going to phase out their overhead satellites for a geostationary satellite like XM. XM has the better sound than Sirius - if you can receive them. If you can't find a factory replacement from 2012, then BestBuy still sells a Stratus Sirius radio - and you can probably even fish-out the antenna wire that you already have for use with the plug and play add-on Status. Good luck - let me know if you have more questions.
We had the same issue with our 2007 Dodge Ram truck. We use an external antenna when we have the camper on. You can buy these at various places on line. Get the car antenna not the home antenna. It magnetically mounts onto the truck so we put it on our hood and routed the antenna wire through the passenger side door. Our satellite box is behind the glove box. Remove the glove box and look up in the cavity. We were able to just unplug the factory antenna and plug the external antenna in. It's easy to switch back too. Just be careful with the antenna wire because it's fragile and any little bit of damage makes it useless.
Do you have a paid subscription? IF you do, call and have them with your radio's serial number and ask them to 'refresh' your radio to restore the other channels. If you only have channel 184 and CH1, it sounds like you haven't purchased a monthly subscription yet.
You may have to go to your nearest electronics store or Sirius vendor to see if they have an extension cord...as a Sirius customer i never seen one though......Your best bet is to remount the antenna to the forward part of the roof, towards the windshield.
Brought problem to my trusted auto mechanic and he found a simple disconnect/connect where to antenna cable comes into car under front right side under the glove box. It took literally 30 seconds to do.
You should use the direct FM box to get the static to go away. You unplug the antenna from the radio, plug the antenna lead from the box into the radio, the antenna line plugs into the box. You will have a mini jack that plugs into your radio or dock.
This way you can switch it on any station to get rid of the static.
You shouldn't need to take the dashboard out to get to the radio. Usually you have to take the trim pieces in front of the radio to get the antenna line out.
Sometime you can reach it from the back of the radio if there is enough clearance to get cak there.
You will need to get another sat antenna, and locate it somewhere either above the camper, or where the camper does not obstruct the antenna. Any store that sells sat radio equipment (Fry's, Best Buy, etc) will have the micro antenna. Install it either on the hood of the truck, or on top of the camper. You will need to run the antenna to the rear of the dash. They make Y couplers that will allow you to run both the OEM antenna and the extermal antenna at the same time, and it will not hurt the system to have both wired in at the same time.