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Well, I know it says home audio, but I see several other car stereo threads in here....

I have already tried a few car forums and I get practically ignored, like I got 5 views on my posts after like 3 days...

Ok, now to the problem....
Recently, my radio has developed cut-outs and random static on almost all of the FM stations when I am driving around town... I live 30 miles north of Atlanta and the FM stations have top-notch sound quality and broadcast range....

Though it is rather hilly around here, I have not noticed anybody else's radio, regardless of what car, have such an issue with reception...

I have already removed the radio and checked the antenna connection on the back and it appeared to be seated firmly. I also checked the end of the cable that connects to the antenna mount itself and it appears to be fine. Checked all fuses, nothing wrong there... The amp is in a very bad place behind the glove box so it will be a pain to get out... All I can think of is the head unit has moisture damage or something...

So, whats the deal? I have been Googling but I have only found stuff that is not quite relevant to my issue (ie radio not producing sound)

Please help, I am an audiophile with a crap stereo that sounds worse than the normal crap quality and its driving me mad!
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Dont suppose you can borrow a friends stereo just to test,

Is the ariel ok? not damaged in anyway?
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Nm ocn messed up
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Originally Posted by ryanbob1234 View Post
Dont suppose you can borrow a friends stereo just to test,

Is the ariel ok? not damaged in anyway?
All the connections are fine, I fear the digital tuner is going out and sadly you can't repair or replace those like you can analog tuners...
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It may be time to invest in a phone that can stream internet radio. Seriously, I get much better quality and have no issues when doing that. Plus there's a significantly larger selection of music and stations. Though I primarily use a 16GB dual-channel flash drive + a 16GB C10 SDHC card with a crapton of music on 'em.

Alternatively, if you truly believe that the problem lies in the digital tuner, that typically resides in the car's head unit itself. Those are easy to replace and relatively inexpensive to purchase from the aftermarket. However, my thoughts turn to the car's antenna amplifier. If your truck is anything like my car, there is a signal gain booster somewhere along the antenna line that may have become loose or given up the ghost. I would start researching there.
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