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Old 10-08-2018, 10:00 PM
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2013 JKU Radio 130S AM/FM Cutting Out

I'm having a strange thing happening with my radio . . .
The AM and FM just goes silent. Then out of nowhere, comes back on.
The tuner knob and volume knob both function, and the display reflects the changes in volume and station, but no sound.
The BT (Bluetooth) works, the CD player works, it's just the radio that is cutting out.
I did a search here and found some folks were having similar problems, but it seems their radios were powering off. Some said the hard top connector for the rear wiper was loose and that solved the issue. I checked and everything is connected fine.
This just started yesterday. Has anyone dealt with this same issue? If so, I'd greatly appreciated any advice.

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I didn't have that exact issue, but my 130 was not satisfactory. Got static and spotty reception on every station, even when in major metropolitan areas. I tried different antennas, checked all the connections, etc. all with no improvement.

I ended up installing a Kenwood head unit with a built-in DVD player, HD radio, Bluetooth phone, touch screen, and other nice features. I also added a rear view camera to it. The head unit was about $230 and the camera was less than $15. The new head unit made a world of difference in performance, and made it clear that the factory 130 was a piece of junk.

I got a PAC interface unit that let the steering wheel audio controls control the Kenwood, and a trim kit that let the Kenwood fit in the non-standard dash opening, so it seems just like a factory installation. I'm very pleased with the Kenwood, but every time I think about that crummy 130 that came in my Wrangler I still get irritated.

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We have a fleet of Caravans at work with the 130S radio. A number of them have had the radio tuner portion crap out- like you mention, it will come back on every now and then, and other sources work. I removed one to check if it was an antenna connection...it wasn't.

It may be time for a radio upgrade, likely cheaper than repair (unless you are handy with a soldering iron).

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I have the 130 radio in my 2012 jk. It is doing the exact same thing for about a month now and seems to be getting more frequent, but no pattern to it cutting out. Everything else continues to work. Glad to see Im not the only one having this issue. Ive checked the antenna and what not and all seems fine. I have a soft top so the hard top connections dont seem to make a difference. Unfortunately, Im thinking I may need to replace the radio at some point (usually listen to blue tooth through my phone though. So no hurry ). Ill be following this to see if anyone comes up with a defined cause.


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The AM and FM just goes silent. Then out of nowhere, comes back on.
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You mention your problem is with the AM/FM tuner, but the pic showing the problem is of the Sirius tuner. Which is it? Flipping that around, is the Sirius working OK?
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Thanks for the input guys. Sorry, that photo was a stock photo I found of my model radio. I need to check the SAT reception to see if that works when the AM/FM cuts out. I'll update that info here.
Sounds like this is an electronic issue inside the radio itself and not an antenna connection or other external wiring issue.

Update: When AM/FM cuts out, SAT still works.
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My 130 in my '13 died. Well, just the am/fm part. Everything else works. Started behaving like you mentioned (cutting out), then one day it stopped completely. Sat radio and the aux input is where I get my tunes from now.

Previous research said something about the circuit board being bad I think. Only fix was a new radio. But I could be wrong...
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My 130 in my '13 died. Well, just the am/fm part. Everything else works. Started behaving like you mentioned (cutting out), then one day it stopped completely. Sat radio and the aux input is where I get my tunes from now.

Previous research said something about the circuit board being bad I think. Only fix was a new radio. But I could be wrong...
Thanks for the feedback. That's unfortunate, looks like Jeep dropped the ball on these radios. I will use my bluetooth for now. Really can't afford a system replacement right now. I also like my steering wheel controls which I heard are unusable with an aftermarket radio.
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Thanks for the feedback. That's unfortunate, looks like Jeep dropped the ball on these radios. I will use my bluetooth for now. Really can't afford a system replacement right now. I also like my steering wheel controls which I heard are unusable with an aftermarket radio.
Aftermarket radios that support steering wheel controls will work with a Maestro module to utilize the factory buttons on the steering wheel. Some of the more expensive Wrangler-specific radios from Alpine include the Maestro module, but the module will work with other brands. Check for compatibility before spending.

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Just to follow up -
JeepCares PM'd me through this forum.
They are aware of the issue. They had me do a software update, but it did not make a difference. I'm waiting on their response. There seems to be many affected by this on this and other Jeep forums. It surprises me that Jeep has not recalled and addressed this issue. The radio of all things should last for the life of the vehicle.
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Just to follow up -
JeepCares PM'd me through this forum.
They are aware of the issue. They had me do a software update, but it did not make a difference. I'm waiting on their response. There seems to be many affected by this on this and other Jeep forums. It surprises me that Jeep has not recalled and addressed this issue. The radio of all things should last for the life of the vehicle.
Most recalls are limited to safety-related issues, and those happen as a result of outside pressure after incidences reach a certain level in the overall number of vehicles produced. While I certainly agree that something like a radio should last for the life of the vehicle, unfortunately that isn't what vehicle manufacturers shoot for- they are more about having the item last for the life of the warranty rather than the life of the vehicle. The radios are made to a price point, and that isn't a "spare no expense making the best radio possible" kind of scenario.

As the cheapest option, I would try reflowing solder on the tuner portion of the motherboard as per the link in post #3 of your thread to bring the tuner section back to working status. If that is beyond what you are comfortable trying, a 130S radio should be very inexpensive on local classifieds like craigslist, as many of those get replaced with aftermarket early on in the life of the vehicle. You may decide an aftermarket replacement solves the issue for relatively little $$$ as well- more than a replacement 130S, but better features and performance for your dollar. A good single-DIN (which will fit with a dash adapter) from a reputable brand can set you back as little as $150, while an entry level double-DIN can be had for around $400. Alpine, Kenwood and Pioneer are all very good & reliable aftermarket units with good features for the price.

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