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Unread 04-04-2013, 08:15 AM   #16
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Kudos to the OP for offering up this solution "just to make things better". That's what makes this forum such a great one.

I recently bought a VW Jetta for a looooong road trip (really don't wanna do 7,000 miles in the XJ or put that kind of miles on my BMW), and had to do some work on it. So I joined the biggest VW forum around and started asking questions. 80% of the time, there's no response to tech questions. There is a load of misinformation that gets communicated and not corrected, and in general it seems like "you're on your own" if you have an odd problem (which I do, and which I've had to work out solo). I guess it's a difference in the typical driver of each vehicle - the XJ pilot does so because he (or she, occasionally...) is enthusiastic about the off-road potential, and sees the vehicle as an extension of his lifestyle. I guess the Jetta driver buys it because he wants to turn the key and get somewhere. Sigh.

The only better forum I've found is the GMC motorhome (1973-78) forum where every possible tech question is pounced on by at least several others who have "been there, done that". Those guys go really deep, but I guess that comes from the peculiar thrill / pain of owning and driving 12,000 pound antique hot rods with plumbing. ;-)

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Unread 05-12-2013, 03:11 PM   #17
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96 XJ Radio Antenna Reception Fix

I just did the repair outlined in this post and it worked perfectly. 2 Screws is all I had to remove, the others were already taken out. Just a screwdriver, 30 seconds and done. I took the spring out of the connector. Taped the connection with electrical tape. Plan on never needing to do the repair again. Thanks to the original poster.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 08:41 AM   #18
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2001 xj

Would a 2001 XJ have this connector as well?
Mine is suffering exactly the same symptoms of poor radio reception.
Where should I look for the connector?

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Unread 05-14-2013, 08:51 AM   #19
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Antenna connector location for poor reception

It should be in the same location, behind the side panel on the passenger side. Should be a couple of screws holding the trim piece on and thats about all you need to do is remove the trim piece, connector will be right behind it.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 03:26 PM   #20
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It should be in the same location, behind the side panel on the passenger side. Should be a couple of screws holding the trim piece on and thats about all you need to do is remove the trim piece, connector will be right behind it.
Checked my antenna connection and everything looks tight, but still poor reception.

What should I look for??

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Unread 11-16-2013, 10:51 AM   #21
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great fix

After years of only getting poor reception on one local station I'm now getting every station clearly. went out after reading post and fifteen minutes later had radio again. I twisted out the spring which was pushing connection apart, put the sleeve back over the two ends and used electrical tape to hold together. Works great! Thanks.
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Unread 01-15-2014, 04:48 PM   #22
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I have got to try this out when I get home...and to think I almost replaced the whole antenna mast before trying this.
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