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Unread 08-15-2004, 05:19 PM   #1
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radio antenna no signal

Hey guys,

When I bought my 96 xj it had a problem getting a reception on my radio. I bought a new cd player to replace the factory cassette and still had the reception problem. I couln't receive any raio station except for when I was in town and it wasn't that great of a signal. I replaced the antenna mast thinking that maybe is was bad, didn't help. So I did some searching here and didn't really find anything helpful so I posted a couple of threads asking if anyone had any ideas. Finally someone replied to one of my threads telling me how he had the same problem and that if you remove the inside floor board panel on the passengers side you would find a spring loaded connector that looks like an extension for the antenna wire, he said that the connector had came loose causing the signal to fade. So I go and remove this cover and, as soon as I removed it I saw the connector he was talking about and it was almost all the way free so I plugged it together and tape it so it would hold. I turned the key on and the radio played the best music that I have heard it play, not only did I get my locale channel but I get every channel in a 75 mile radius. Problem fixed! I figured that I would post this thread so the next poor soul that has this problem will have something to go on. I can't remember right now who posted the reply to my thread but I wanna say.... many thanks to you frend.

Brent

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Unread 08-15-2004, 06:14 PM   #2
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Glad to hear you were able to fix it. I am having the same problem on my 89 XJ. I think I will pull that panel and see if my connector is loose. Hopefully this is all the problem is for me!
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Unread 08-15-2004, 11:59 PM   #3
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Glad to hear you were able to fix it. I am having the same problem on my 89 XJ. I think I will pull that panel and see if my connector is loose. Hopefully this is all the problem is for me!
The best thing to do is just get XM and you wont have that problem any longer.
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Unread 08-19-2004, 08:37 AM   #4
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Hey guys,

When I bought my 96 xj it had a problem getting a reception on my radio. I bought a new cd player to replace the factory cassette and still had the reception problem. I couln't receive any raio station except for when I was in town and it wasn't that great of a signal. I replaced the antenna mast thinking that maybe is was bad, didn't help. So I did some searching here and didn't really find anything helpful so I posted a couple of threads asking if anyone had any ideas. Finally someone replied to one of my threads telling me how he had the same problem and that if you remove the inside floor board panel on the passengers side you would find a spring loaded connector that looks like an extension for the antenna wire, he said that the connector had came loose causing the signal to fade. So I go and remove this cover and, as soon as I removed it I saw the connector he was talking about and it was almost all the way free so I plugged it together and tape it so it would hold. I turned the key on and the radio played the best music that I have heard it play, not only did I get my locale channel but I get every channel in a 75 mile radius. Problem fixed! I figured that I would post this thread so the next poor soul that has this problem will have something to go on. I can't remember right now who posted the reply to my thread but I wanna say.... many thanks to you frend.

Brent

I'm having this problem now on my 96, thanks posting this info, I'll try fixing it tonight.

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Unread 08-19-2004, 09:47 AM   #5
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mofo,
This forum is great and it always feels good to be able to help someone else through their problem.
I hope this is the your problem. Good luck!

My connector was split down the seam so I I taped it with duct tape first but it worked itself loose again so I then put a cable tie around it and made it real tight to pull the seam back together and then pushed the connector back in and it held real good so far.
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Unread 08-19-2004, 05:40 PM   #6
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Hey guys,

When I bought my 96 xj it had a problem getting a reception on my radio. I bought a new cd player to replace the factory cassette and still had the reception problem. I couln't receive any raio station except for when I was in town and it wasn't that great of a signal. I replaced the antenna mast thinking that maybe is was bad, didn't help. So I did some searching here and didn't really find anything helpful so I posted a couple of threads asking if anyone had any ideas. Finally someone replied to one of my threads telling me how he had the same problem and that if you remove the inside floor board panel on the passengers side you would find a spring loaded connector that looks like an extension for the antenna wire, he said that the connector had came loose causing the signal to fade. So I go and remove this cover and, as soon as I removed it I saw the connector he was talking about and it was almost all the way free so I plugged it together and tape it so it would hold. I turned the key on and the radio played the best music that I have heard it play, not only did I get my locale channel but I get every channel in a 75 mile radius. Problem fixed! I figured that I would post this thread so the next poor soul that has this problem will have something to go on. I can't remember right now who posted the reply to my thread but I wanna say.... many thanks to you frend.

Brent
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Unread 11-07-2004, 05:05 PM   #7
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THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS! All of a sudden we're having this problem with our 96 XJ. I pulled out the aftermarket radio to make sure nothing came loose. It wasn't easy because my radio was stolen 3x in the span of 1 year many years ago so the stereo shop had come up with a way to make it impossible to steal (or service) the radio.

Now after I figure out where the floorboard is you're talking about I'll take a look. I was about to take apart the passenger side dash to try and follow the wire behind the glove compartment... hopefully there is an easier way.
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Unread 11-07-2004, 05:14 PM   #8
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can you give a little more specific instructions on the location of this. my radio is doiong the dsame thing, so i'm very interested in this. any tools required to remove it? Thanks a lot.
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Unread 11-07-2004, 05:23 PM   #9
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It's the panel that is right beside your right foot when you are sitting in the passenger seat. It goes from the floor up to just under the dash along the door seal.
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Unread 11-07-2004, 05:49 PM   #10
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sweet, that's what i was thinking, but didn't want to go outside before i had a little more deffinate response (its cooooold outside)...

thanks
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Unread 11-07-2004, 05:55 PM   #11
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O.K. I just did this. I had to remove 2 screws on the door jamb area and then 1 PITA screw on the kick panel by the passenger's right ankle. I was not able to get that screw back in because I couldn't get it started in the hole. You'll need a philips screwdriver and a short philips screwdriver (the plastic cover over the dash/foot switch thingamabob gets in the way - you can take that out if you want to make it easier but I wasn't able to get the pain in the a$$ screw back in regardless so it won't matter).

My antenna thing was just loose. I unplugged the 2 ends and took the spring out and plugged it back in. If it gives me problems then I'll just put some tape on it now that it's real easy to fix.

It's funny because my 04 Sahara has the same "extension" cord type of thing right behind the removable glove compartment in the dash but there is no spring loaded thingy - it just plugs in.

Thanks again for the post. If I did a search a few days ago I wouldn't have had to take out the radio.

Of interest was a plug that wasn't 4 or 6 prongged plugged into anything. This is a fully loaded sport without a overhead console or fog lights so I'm wondering if the plug is for an option that I don't have or what. I didn't unplug anythign and the HVAC controls seem to work right.
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Unread 11-07-2004, 06:19 PM   #12
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i have plugs and crap all over the place that dont plug into anything.

they use the same wiring harness from the factory no matter if you have a basic SE with manual tranny and no console, or a limited with the heated seats and trip computer.
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i just got back from fixin'er up.... new radio stations galore in less than five min! sweet deal
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Unread 11-07-2004, 06:42 PM   #14
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mine radio has the same problem only worse cuz i don't get any radio stations at all! i replaced the antenna and still have the same problem. after that i decided to look at thw wire and found what looked to be tiny teeth marks on the antenna wire where it is exposed from me ripping the inner fenders out. a damn furry animal chewed my fricken antenna wire! oh well time for XM radio
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Hey guys,

When I bought my 96 xj it had a problem getting a reception on my radio. I bought a new cd player to replace the factory cassette and still had the reception problem. I couln't receive any raio station except for when I was in town and it wasn't that great of a signal. I replaced the antenna mast thinking that maybe is was bad, didn't help. So I did some searching here and didn't really find anything helpful so I posted a couple of threads asking if anyone had any ideas. Finally someone replied to one of my threads telling me how he had the same problem and that if you remove the inside floor board panel on the passengers side you would find a spring loaded connector that looks like an extension for the antenna wire, he said that the connector had came loose causing the signal to fade. So I go and remove this cover and, as soon as I removed it I saw the connector he was talking about and it was almost all the way free so I plugged it together and tape it so it would hold. I turned the key on and the radio played the best music that I have heard it play, not only did I get my locale channel but I get every channel in a 75 mile radius. Problem fixed! I figured that I would post this thread so the next poor soul that has this problem will have something to go on. I can't remember right now who posted the reply to my thread but I wanna say.... many thanks to you frend.

Brent
whoever originally figured this our is practically a god in my book, four as long as I've had my Jeep I've had no fm signal at all... for three years to be exact, you have no idea how amazing it feels to have fm radio...thank you for posting this, it will definitely save more guys like me in the future.
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