How can I make my car radio signal stronger?

My car radio has started going in and out, and it’s really annoying! Is there any way I can make my car radio signal a little stronger?

Sorry to hear about your radio going in and out. It’s a common problem with older vehicles, especially those with wire antennas. Fortunately, you can remedy the problem by checking your antenna or installing a signal booster on your radio.
Before you put down the money for an expensive radio signal repair, try these quick fixes:
  • Make sure your antenna mast is fully extended.
  • Check the connection between the antenna cord and the back of the head unit. All you need to do is remove the head unit and search for the antenna harness. Blow it out with compressed air and reinsert it. If the connection was the problem, your radio should start working again.
  • Replace your antenna and see if the signal improves.
If a new antenna still doesn’t fix the issue, you can purchase a radio signal booster for about $25. Since each model will come with different installation instructions, you should carefully follow the directions provided on the package.
Unfortunately extended warranties and car insurance won’t cover your radio. But you can offset the price of repairs by saving on car insurance with Jerry. A licensed broker, the Jerry app can help you compare personalized quotes from over 50 top providers—so you know you’re getting the best rate before you settle.
Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 17, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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