S80 AM radio reception

Discussion in 'Volvo S80' started by nedwards, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. nedwards

    nedwards Guest

    Has anyone ever experienced poor AM radio reception in their S80? Mine is
    terrible. Picks up static on every channel. Any ideas?
    nedwards, Oct 27, 2004
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  2. nedwards

    Mike F Guest

    This is a common problem on S80s. Volvo has several bulletins on this,
    with a multitude of fixes, including rear seat grounds and signal wires
    from electrical modules. If your warranty is still valid, it may be
    worth going to the dealer. See what happens if you operate the power

    I saved this post from G Klein:

    There is a fix for this problem yon have to remove the Left rear C-Post
    cover there you will see the antennae cable where it goes in to the
    signal amp use a razor blade remove a small amount of insulation from
    the radio connector you will need a length of wire to connect from the
    antennae cable to the body ground just below the antennae cable usually
    this solves most of your problems

    Which he then updated with this post:

    Volvos new correction is to place a small brass strip in-between the ant
    amp & the cable make a slight bend toward the amp hold in place with a
    small piece of tape If you like I will retrieve the information from the
    Volvo service web site & if anyone would like a copy just post a way to
    receive & I will send to all who ask

    I'm sure his offer is still open. I'm not going to post his email
    address, look for the sender with the name "G Klein"

    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
    Mike F, Oct 27, 2004
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  3. yes...this is a common problem w/the s80's...the dealers know hoe to
    fix...some sort of a grounding issue...or something like that...lots
    of folks had problems w/am "noise".....
    ~^ beancounter ~^, Oct 27, 2004
  4. WAY back when I first drove, radios - they were only AM - picked up noise
    from the spark plugs. There were gadgets you could put on top of the plug,
    called spark suppressors, to reduce the noise. Then it was built into the
    spark plug. Unless the noise goes away when the engine is off, you may be
    having a problem of that kind. Another clue is whether the noise changes
    with engine speed.
    Marvin Margoshes, Oct 27, 2004
  5. nedwards

    G Klein Guest

    The offer is still good to whoever wants a copy of the Tech Note just
    provide a E-Mail address & it will be on the way

    "*-344-*Never Forgotten"
    Is for the New York City Firemen who lost their lives on September 11,2001.
    The official count is 343, but there was also a volunteer who lost his life
    aiding in the initial rescue efforts. And I will never forget them as long
    as I live,
    nor should any American.
    "Mow Green"
    G Klein, Oct 27, 2004
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  6. nedwards

    Kent Guest

    My 2000 S80 had the same problem. I complained to the dealer and they
    replaced some part. I think mine was defective from the git-go, but it was
    out of warranty when I complained so I had to pay to have it fixed. Seems to
    work fine now though.
    Kent, Oct 30, 2004
  7. nedwards


    Dec 12, 2017
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    G Klein:
    These are old posts but if you still have a copy of the information from the Volvo
    service web site to fix the radio reception, I'd like it.
    AllenT, Dec 12, 2017
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    S Ross

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