Car stereo woes

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by a_chap, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

    God knows if this is the right place for this thread or even if "Car stereos" is the right term these days. I'd have said "Car radio cassette" but I gather cassettes have fallen out of favour recently.

    Anyway, mine's started to play up and I haven't the foggiest why - hence me asking here.

    Yes, I know I could take it to the local "Car audio" place but I'm clueless about such things and I don't want the whole "Not the nine-o-clock news" treatment. (Millenials click here if your Grandad never told you about proper TV programs)

    Back to the dodgy in-car hi-fi: I have an 11 year old vehicle and the radio quality has been deteriorating over the last few weeks. I mostly listen to Radio 4 on FM and sometimes it's impossible to hear. I also listen to Long Wave radio (stop giggling at the back) and that's also inaudible occasionally.

    My understanding is that FM reception is via the external car aerial and LW is via the radio's internal aerial so I'm not sure that a loose aerial connection is the cause.

    Any (useful) suggestions?
  2. blairsh

    blairsh Sometimes

    What car is it? Is it the standard headunit?

    If you're clueless, Youtube isn't always a bad idea :)
  3. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    I think my car is 15 years old, and its radio has gone a bit senile. So I am keen to see what the thread suggests.

    I would guess its a cable or connection that has come loose.
  4. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    Buy a new one.

  5. bellaozzydog

    bellaozzydog rolling turds in glitter


    Get a local radio dude to fit it
  6. blairsh

    blairsh Sometimes

    Or youtube doing it yourself, its generally fairly easy. I did an upgrade in me mates beemer having never done owt lke it before, purely from a youtube vid :cool:
  7. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

  8. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

    Renault Scenic, 2007. And, yes it is.
  9. blairsh

    blairsh Sometimes

    Have you tried youtube diy videos?

    If not i suggest you have a gander, whether its a fix or a replacement :)
  10. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    I'm surprised the antenna isn't used for LW as well as FM ...
    Look for the most exposed part of the circuit - such as where the antenna is attached to the roof - or the socket in the back of the radio.
  11. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Google the specific car's details. Not all roof aerials #notallaerials are for radio, they're sometimes for phone and radio reception is via one of the elements in the rear window.
  12. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

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  13. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

    Any particular videos you recommend?

    I'm no radio expert, but these were always the MW/LW aerials in portable radios...


    ...whereas FM needed the external aerial.

    Ok, and what am I looking for exactly?

    Blimey! I never even knew there was a Renault forum.

    The problems that chap's describing are exactly the same as the problems my radio's experiencing :D might be on to a winner there - thanks :thumbs:

    Now, where are my hammers....?
  14. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    Ferrite rods are fine until you put them in metal cases - they are also directional - especially as the wavelength gets longer.
  15. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

    I think you'll find a Renault Scenic is mostly plastic :D

    But, thanks GG. I did say I was no radio expert.
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