AM radio signal sucks! S80 1999 posted by pharmman2002 on Tue Jun 13 19:28 2006Ok guys, I don't know what the deal is, but my am station reception really sucks. FM is fine, but when I go to am it whines sometimes to where I have to change to fm. Does anyone know what the deal is on this thing? Any help would be helpful! TIA
AM radio signal sucks! S80 1999 posted by someone claiming to be ksg on Wed Jun 14 18:53 2006Interference from spurious radio frequency sources is inherent in AM radio technology. This is a main reason why when very high frequency equipment became available in the early 1950s FM transmission was inaugurated. It is also why on your TV set the picture (AM) may become snowy while the sound (FM) remains ok (air TV, not usually cable).
AM radio signal sucks! S80 1999 posted by someone claiming to be bps44333 on Thu Jun 15 20:06 2006Actually if you search the forums you will find a very easy and quick fix for S-80 AM radio reception. There is a cheap small metal strap that is inserted into the rear A-pillar that either grounds or does something to the antenna that improves AM recetion 1000%. Dealer should know. I beleive that it was a secret recall item a couple of years back. I paid dealer to fix mine after 50k warranty; less than 1hr plus cost of strap.
AM radio signal sucks! S80 1999 posted by pharmman2002 on Mon Jun 19 16:48 2006Thanks for the help, but let me ask you this. I know that the anteanna is connected to the rear window, but where exactly do you access the connection? I can't seem to find it?
AM radio signal sucks! S80 1999 posted by RickPutnam on Fri Jul 14 10:40 2006I fixed mine last night - I had the same problem with my AM radio signal, except I could barely get any signal at all. I found the problem to be with a loose connection of coaxial radio antenna at the the signal amplifier. The fix was simple, took only a few minutes, but requires access to the signal amplifier - which Volvo secretly hid in the A-pillar behind the driver's side rear door.
AM radio signal sucks! S80 1999 posted by 1sttimevolvorunner on Fri Jul 14 14:12 2006I will concur with everything that Rick said and would highly recommend adding a backup tether device(prob wire since a rubber band will prob dry rot). Don't expect to pick up Chicago AM stations from Philadelphia but this fix will make the reception much better. I'll need to go back in for round two since i never tethered the very poorly made connection the 1st time.
AM radio signal sucks! S80 1999 posted by someone claiming to be S80-1800E on Fri Jan 20 22:41 2012RickPutnam, You're my hero! I opened things up and merely went an inch down from the connector and bent the cable upward slightly and the signal cleared up beautifully. I took a small cable tie and secured it around the cable at that location along with a larger cable tie made into a large loop. That made it so there would be no riding up the cable. I took a few cable ties, made enough loops to make it up to a plastic part toward the top of the open cavity that would support holding the cable taught. I uniformly pulled on the ties to make it snug, clipped the ties' ends and snapped things together. The local Volvo dealer it would cost me $150. I took a video of the repair. I'm thinking of possibly posting it. Thanks again.
Dealer service dept has an easy fix for your AM radio signal problem... S80 1999 posted by someone claiming to be Nikster on Fri Jul 14 19:02 2006I live in Los Angeles and just purchased a 2005 S80 (only 10K miles for a great price of $25,900). Well, the AM Radio reception was awful. So when I got it home, I called two of the nearest dealer service centers. They both said the fix is easy: they install a small metal plate/strip in the pillar by the rear window. Well, now my AM Radio is working like a champ! Here's the info on it: I believe that it was a secret recall item a couple of years back. There is a service bulletin (tech note 39-35) out for this problem. Dealer fix was free and simple. Reception improved 1000%. repair order said "99042-2 antenna amplifier 1 side modifying according to TJ" the part was 30657370. evidently this is a known issue by Volvo and they have this "fix" for it.
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