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Holden Barina 2001: Static on AM stations

Asked by Robert Zhiino

I HAVE a Holden Barina 2001 XC fitted with a standard Blaupunkt am/fm stereo radio which has a lot of static when on AM stations. I have been in touch with the GMH consumer people. The aerial has been checked and cleaned many times and all earth leads checked and cleaned. I was told by my local GMH dealer that I will have to put up with the static.

Answered by CarsGuide

17 Jul 2003 Graham Smith

Some AM stations don't have a very strong signal and that, in combination with the tiny roof-mounted antenna on the Barina, leads to problems. The longer the antenna the better the reception, but modern cars don't have long antennas that would solve your problem. It would be worth checking the antenna connections and mountings again to make sure water hasn't got in. And check the signal amplifier at the base of the antenna. Finally, unscrew the antenna, insert a coat hanger in its place and check the reception with that. If it improves the problem is with the antenna, so see if you can find a longer antenna.

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