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    Car Stereo Systems Question

    I have trouble getting AM radio to come in on the radio in my truck and would like to find a way to solve the problem. By buying a new stereo system will that do anything for me? Or is the problem probably somewhere else like the antenna etc?

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    Re: Car Stereo Systems Question

    Most likely the antenna. Completely changing out the head unit may help but seems like a waste of money. Can you get the blowtorch (1040)?



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    Re: Car Stereo Systems Question

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Most likely the antenna. Completely changing out the head unit may help but seems like a waste of money. Can you get the blowtorch (1040)?
    I can get it within about 30 miles of Des Moines and that is it, can't get any other stations to come in at all. I live about 2 hours away from Des Moines and drive quite a bit, so I would be willing to pay some money for it.

    How much does the head unit typically cost?



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    Re: Car Stereo Systems Question

    If you cannot get 1040, you have an antenna problem. I have listened to 1040 in Washington DC before.


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    Re: Car Stereo Systems Question

    Buy an MP3 player or an iPod and a docking transmitter for the car.

    Download your favorite radio broadcasts (things like Jan Michealsen @ WHO are free and there are plenty of other free ones to help pass the time) and avoid the advertisements.


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    Re: Car Stereo Systems Question

    You can get a head unti for $100 but that still may not fix your problem.

    I assume you can get FM ok? Has your AM always been bad?



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    Re: Car Stereo Systems Question

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    You can get a head unti for $100 but that still may not fix your problem.

    I assume you can get FM ok? Has your AM always been bad?
    FM has always come in fine. AM has been bad since the day I bought it (used).



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    Re: Car Stereo Systems Question

    Quote Originally Posted by farminclone View Post
    FM has always come in fine. AM has been bad since the day I bought it (used).
    I'd be willing to bet that there is just some kind of bad connection to the head unit. If I was you I would go to a professional and see what they say. Worse case scenario you're out a couple of hundred but you have a new head unit.

    A lot depends on the year/type of your truck and whether you have a nice radio in there now. It used to be that trucks came with crappy radio's but some of the new ones are pretty nice.



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