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Old 06-02-2006, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Poor radio reception...

I have brought this up before, but my Taco stock unit gets hideous radio reception. I live approx. 30 miles north of Boston and get maybe one station clearly. I just got the OK from the wife to go ahead with an aftermarket stereo/CD, one that is Sat ready, mp3 capable and ipod ready. My question is will a new stereo improve my reception, or do I need more power to the antenna, or a different antenna? I am not a huge car audio guy so please don't toast me. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! I also did a search on this and came up with slim info.
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Old 06-02-2006, 08:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you check to see if the antenna is actually plugged into the radio? Also could be a shorted, or broken antenna lead. Lastly could be a problem in the tuner. No radio gets that bad of reception unless the antenna's not plugged in or something. Good excuse to upgrade, but if there is a problem in the antenna, it will still be the same reception problems. Is your truck under warranty?

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Old 06-02-2006, 10:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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God! You're such an idot! Its a freakin radio!!! How hard could it be to tune it properly!?!?


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Old 06-02-2006, 11:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You must have gotten one with a bad radio. I'm easily picking up stations from 30 miles away..I didn't even know they existed before!
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going to try and remove the radio today to check on the antenna connection. hope I don't blow up my dash in the process!!!!
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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hope I don't blow up my dash in the process!!!!
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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pulled out the radio.....antenna connection seems nice and snug....pulled it out and pushed placed it back just to make sure. Not sure what else might be the problem.

Anyone else install their own stereo with instructions from Crutchfield.......any comments appreciated. Thanks
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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why dont you take it to the dealership?
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why dont you take it to the dealership?
I had planned on putting an aftermarket stereo in anyways for ipod and satellite features....having poor reception with the stock unit helps justify the purchase.
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Have you tried cleaning the outside antenna connection with some WD40. Unscrew it, shoot some WD in the mount and some on the base/screw end of the antenna. Tighten her back up. I used some loctite on mine to keep it from loosening up, which it was.

Worth a shot anyway.

I noticed that the stock antenna wasn't all that great. I get much better reception with the stubby AMI antenna, that is when I'm actually listening to the radio and not jamming to my iPod. I live in Rhode Island and I pick up most Boston stations without a flicker of static.
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Have you tried cleaning the outside antenna connection with some WD40. Unscrew it, shoot some WD in the mount and some on the base/screw end of the antenna. Tighten her back up. I used some loctite on mine to keep it from loosening up, which it was.

Worth a shot anyway.

I noticed that the stock antenna wasn't all that great. I get much better reception with the stubby AMI antenna, that is when I'm actually listening to the radio and not jamming to my iPod. I live in Rhode Island and I pick up most Boston stations without a flicker of static.
I'll give that a shot....the antenna is pretty snug though. Thanks!
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Old 06-03-2006, 03:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i haven't had any reception problems with either the old '1 cd'
stock radio or the new system i installed a few weeks ago.

i am located about halfway between philadelphia and baltimore.
i can pick up fm stations from both.
i listen to some philly AM stations and haven't had any issues
(unless you count thunderstorms) with that. I've picked
philly AM stations up from 90+ miles away.

i was worried when i installed the new stereo system, but
the sheit worked out better than i expected.
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Old 06-05-2006, 08:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
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My 06 prerunner has crappy reception also. I have never seen a radio so bad a picking up stations. I tried teaching it my best pick up lines but it just don't work.

Seriously, I plan to have the dealer take a look when I can get it in for a day or two. I traveled recently and there were areas that "scan" just went all the way around. I travel those roads from time to time and my Chevy, Honda, and BMW don't have any problems picking up stations and with good signal. I even adjusted it by hand to some that I know exist but couldn't get them till I was within 20 miles of em.

I may take a look at the cables/mounts etc but figure I at least need to hear the dealer say there is nothing wrong with it first. Of course here in town reception isn't too bad so they will deny there is a problem.
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mine is all good now great reption alpine head serious sat. in head greatness has been achived
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