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    Advice Audi A1 - Radio Issue

    Hi All

    I have a 2013 Audi A1 and recently when i try to listen to anything on MW the signal constantly drops in and out, have had to use Media and use a radio app.

    anyone know what the issue may be??

    I do not want to fork out 90 for Audi just to take a look

    Thanks In Advance

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    Default Re: Audi A1 - Radio Issue

    Aside from checking aerial connections on the aerial itself or behind the dash/radio unit.

    Don't be worried about unscrewing a few things to have a look


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    Default Re: Audi A1 - Radio Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Overdose View Post
    Aside from checking aerial connections on the aerial itself or behind the dash/radio unit.

    Don't be worried about unscrewing a few things to have a look


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    thanks but f it is the aerial or a bad connection somewhere would this not affect FM? that seems to be working completely fine

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    Default Re: Audi A1 - Radio Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo77 View Post
    thanks but f it is the aerial or a bad connection somewhere would this not affect FM? that seems to be working completely fine
    Not necessarily.

    My first point would be the antenna and cable.
    You can receive an FM station just by inserting a screw driver into the antenna socket on the radio or touching the socket but 9/10 times AM or MW signal will need an antenna to receive depending on how close you are to the mast.
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    Default Re: Audi A1 - Radio Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Teajunkie View Post
    Not necessarily.

    My first point would be the antenna and cable.
    You can receive an FM station just by inserting a screw driver into the antenna socket on the radio or touching the socket but 9/10 times AM or MW signal will need an antenna to receive depending on how close you are to the mast.
    This is true.

    Also some equipment has separate aerials for MW and FM. Might be together in the same aerial "unit" but still two.


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    Default Re: Audi A1 - Radio Issue

    Sorry I'm not too hot with Audi's but here are some thoughts.

    Most modern cars don't have old school aerials anymore (notice there is no aerial sticking out of the wings anymore).

    Normally the demister in the rear windscreen is used as an antenna, and a module in the bootlid bridges between this antenna and the car radio, or there may even be a module that contains an antenna. Then most modern cars will have an antenna amplifier module (which may be separate, or maybe integrated with an antenna module).

    So basicially the fault could lie with the radio, antenna cabling from front to back, fault with an amplifier module, fault with an antenna module, fault with actual antenna, or my guess, antenna cable has frayed where it flexes to allow the boot to open. Quick simple check (but not always conclusive), open your boot and gently peel back the rubber surrounding the wiring, then gently tug on each wire one by one to see if any are broken.

    If you just want a cheap fix without paying anyone to look at it, simplest solution will be to find a compatible antenna (preferably one with an amplifier) and hide this in your dash somewhere. Probably won't be 100% perfect reception as good as your original setup, but it's a cheap option to get you out of trouble (assuming your actual radio isn't defective).

    To make the system work properly as designed will be a bit of work - if you are up for stripping a few bits of your car, I can try to look into exactly you will have fitted.

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