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Old 12-28-2006, 07:42 AM   #1
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Default FM Transmitter PROBLEMS?

I'm not 100% certain how the FM transmitter works, but I can't get clear reseption on my wife's Jeep Cherokee.

The strange thing is that her Ipod also has the same problem. Someone told me that Jeep insulates there window with some sort of Metalic gel that prevents an FM Transmitter signal from clearly getting to teh Antena outside of the car...This was for the Ipod.

I figured this wouldnt hold true for the Sirius because both Antena's are outside....Unless the transmitter is in the head unit itself.

First, has anyone ever heard of this problem?

Second, what do I do to resolve it?
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:51 AM   #2
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The FCC mandated that Sirius reduce the transmitted power of the FM transmitter. As a result, recently made receivers tend to have very weak transmitters.

Solution? Get an FM relay. When you turn on the receiver, it automatically switches out the car's antenna and routes the FM transmitter directly to the stereo's antenna jack. They're fairly cheap (~$20) and work great. The hardest part is getting to the back of the stereo to plug in the antenna. Do a search for SAT-SWB to learn more. stocks them and many tools for hard to work on OEM stereos.

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There are a variety of ways to install a Sirius plug and play unit in a vehicle. Every method won't always work. It depends on the situation. The FM transmitter alone isn't a guaranteed solution.

Sirus lists various CAR INSTALLATION TIPS . You have to try them until you find one that works perfectly in your situation. As Capn Ramius says.. the FM direct adapter (FM relay) is the easiest solution to cure static when using the FM transmitter.
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:38 PM   #4
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having that same issue with my cherokee. wife just bought it for me and i really don't want to have someone mess with the stereo since i am turning it in this year off a lease.
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