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Old 01-10-2014, 06:22 PM   #1
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Radio Reception

1999 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Edition
4.0L engine

I can only pull a station in occasionally and then it will not hold it. Most of the time it is only static. I have checked the antenna wire and its connected to the radio on one end and to the antenna on the other end. I have looked around for fixes and have not found anything that works yet. What can I do to repair this without changing the factory radio or the factory antenna?


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Old 01-10-2014, 08:47 PM   #2
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I would get the 1999 FSM and trace the antenna cable. There seemed to be more than one connection between the radio and the antenna when I looked under my glove box, to trace the cable myself.

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Old 01-13-2014, 11:42 PM   #3
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:07 PM   #4
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Question Traced wiring

Thanks for the responses. I traced down the antenna wire today and its a one piece hooked from the radio to the antenna? Have any of you experienced this problem. I don't want to waste money on antenna or radio if this is something simple. I am saving for tires and rims.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:32 AM   #5
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If you can pull the radio out of dash far enough to get to the antenna jack and still have the radio hooked up, unplug the antenna take a metal coat hanger and straighten it out. Scrape one end down to bare metal. Bend it about 2" from that end at a 90 degree angle, turn radio on and tune to a known station in your area. Carefully insert the bare end into the antenna jack and make contact with the metal center conductor of the antenna jack if you get a station to play then you've found your problem.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:42 PM   #6
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Can you pick up AM stations clearly?
If not you definatly have an antenna problem.
If you can pickup AM but not FM you have a problem with the radio itself.
AM broadcast is more antenna dependant than FM.
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:06 PM   #7
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I pulled the radio out so I could gain access to the back where the antenna it hooked up. I made sure it was not loose and then tried for reception on FM side with no luck. I tried AM side and this worked. I then took the antenna loose and tried FM and AM. FM didn't work but AM still worked. I then tried the cloth-hanger thingy that was mentioned above. No difference either way. I am thinking the radio is the issue.

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