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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

Here's my problem. My AM radio in my car has decided to glitch on me. When my engine is on, the AM radio barely comes through an unbelieveable amount of static. Yet, when my engine is off, the AM radio comes through loud and clear. I don't have this problem with the FM. Does anybody know what might be the problem, and what do I need to do to fix it? Thank you.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1363 times:

You are picking up interfence from the ignition system of your car.

My first suggestion is that you look at all their wires between your radio and the antenna and see if any have their insulation worn through.



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User currently offlineYbacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1091 times:

Tbar220,
I second L-188's opinion. Chances are, especially if it is an older car, the filter on the electical system has either become disconnected or worn out. They aren't too expensive to replace, just make sure you get the correct model for your car.



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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1088 times:

Any idea why this is only a problem with the AM radio and not the FM radio? I dont know a thing about cars, except how to keep them running, and to avoid accidents  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineMjzair From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

Go to radio shack, and describe the problem.. they sell a filter for that problem...

User currently offlineYbacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

Tbar220,
AM is much more susceptible to electronic interference due to the way the sound is encoded on the radio wave, and also due to the frequency ranges used. A very over-generalized explanation:
AM (Amplitude Modulation) alters the height (Amplitude) of the radio wave to transmit sound. Electrical interference can also alter the height of the same wave. FM (Frequency Modulation) alters the spacing between waves (Frequency) to transmit sound. Interference can not change the spacing between waves, and since the height of the wave does not determine the spacing between waves, electrical interferences has substantially less impact on FM waves.

Hope this helps,
yb



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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

Thanks guys, now where do I look to check if the wiring is ok?


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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1071 times:

Most likely a failed filter capacitor in (or on ) the alternator. You can get a very inexpensive noise suppresor cap at Radio Shack (or any good car stereo store). Installs in minutes.


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