Originally Posted by madmanfrommars
Okay I replaced the stock radio with a Pioneer radio about two years ago (great radio by the way).
My problem is, that recently, my radio reception has gone from bad to worse. I know the source of some of these stations is very close to me, but my reception is still garbage.
I think the antenna may need to be replaced? What do you think, and how much will this cost me?
Your antenna is basically nothing more than a wire with a sheilded coax connecting to the radio. Unless you have done something to damage the coax (such as cut it) it's unlikely to "go bad". The two places to inspect are where the coax connects to the base of the antenna, and where it plugs into the back of the head unit.
At the base of the antenna is a screw (or nut) and a couple washers with the coax having a couple of eyelet terminals. If you take that all apart and go over it with emery cloth then re-assemble it, you may see an improvement in signal strength to the radio. Going over the connector at the back of the radio with emery cloth wouldn't hurt either.
I haven't bought a complete antenna in a number of years, but I wouldn't expect a new one to run more than $50.00 USD.