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Unread 12-21-2001, 12:12 PM   #1
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fm no longer working, just am

96 grand cherokee, factory am,fm,casette radio - fm does not work anymore, just static, but am still working. Any ideas on what the cause could be? Is it something I can fix or do I need a new radio?


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Unread 12-21-2001, 02:55 PM   #2
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Sounds like the radio is toast. My folks' old '89 Grand (caravan) lost about 1/2 of the volume from one side of the car, so I threw an aftermarket deck in w/speakers. I have no clue what happened to that deck. I know I pulled the speakers out and I've still got them, but the double-din deck is nowhere to be found.

You can try pulling the antenna wire out and putting it back in, possibly it just lost connection, but other than that I've got no ideas.
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Unread 12-21-2001, 09:12 PM   #3
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sounds like maybe it's the anttena cable, as horatio said. my dad's 86 f-250 had the same problem and i tried everything i could to fix it. i even put in an old deck i had lyin around, but that didn't work either. not sure about the ZJ, but on my dad's truck the problem was that the antenna cable had came loose. i took the 4 screws out that held the antenna to the hood, and there was no cable attached. looked in the hole, and there was the cable with a banana plug on the end. fished it out, plugged the cable into the antenna base, and reattached the assembly and the radio worked fine. as i said, i'm not sure about the ZJ, but it's bound to have a similar arrangement. just check that the antenna is connected at both ends. if they are, i would use an ohmmeter or continuity checker to see if the cable could be shorted or broken. your am radio should work fine, because there is a seperate ferrite antenna inside the radio that is unaffected by whether the aerial is plugged up. hope this helps! jairus
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Unread 12-29-2001, 11:42 AM   #4
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yea, most likely its the antenna that just came unpluged, thatll happen if the connector isnt crimped too well, if then antenna IS connected then it sounds like youre going to have to by another receiver. my sugesstion is get a Pyramid, their website is they have full DIN sized radios that will work fine...
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