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Old 04-28-2003, 05:43 PM
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AM Reception Problem

The AM reception in my '99 C280 is really bad and I think there must be something wrong. Also, when I turn on the rear window defogger I get static noise through the radio.

Where is the AM antenna? I've heard it's in the rear bumper. I've also heard it's in the back window.

Any ideas on why this is happening and how to fix it?

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The car has the antenna in the rear glass. There is a splitter/amplifier for the antenna in the rear behind the C-pillar cover.
DO you have TINT on the rear glass??
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Old 04-28-2003, 09:08 PM
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MB Doc: Thanks for your reply. There has been no tinting applied. Are you saying the rear defroster element and the AM antenna use the same conductor in the window glass? BTW, Where is the FM antenna?

There were a few spots near the top driver side that looked like they had been damaged but a close inspection seems to show it was designed that way.

Also, I'm sorry but I don't know what the "C" pillar is. And which side is the splitter/amp?

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Also most AM sections of a radio have a fine tuner. Check with La Jolla Audio.

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Question Another '98 C280 with weak/no AM reception

Excuse me for replying to such an old post, but I have the same problem with my '98 C280. My FM works ok with very slight fading at times. The AM is almost none existant. Is the rear window antenna for both AM and FM? Also, what is the "C pillar cover"? I have tint on my rear window, but I have looked the "antenna" over pretty well with a magnifying glass and can see no breaks.

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The car has the antenna in the rear glass. There is a splitter/amplifier for the antenna in the rear behind the C-pillar cover.
DO you have TINT on the rear glass??
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Old 11-28-2005, 04:00 PM
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Excuse me for replying to such an old post, but I have the same problem with my '98 C280. My FM works ok with very slight fading at times. The AM is almost none existant. Is the rear window antenna for both AM and FM? Also, what is the "C pillar cover"? I have tint on my rear window, but I have looked the "antenna" over pretty well with a magnifying glass and can see no breaks.

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A lot of te current films...and all of the good ones are a metalized film....which actually has metal on it...it acts like a shield on in window antennas
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The film appears to be factory, but not sure. It doesn't look like the shiny "post factory" films I have seen.

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Also, what is the "C pillar cover"?
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Your windshield is supported by the "A" pillars, between the two door windows are the "B" pillars, between the rear window & the side windows ( backseat ), you have the "C" pillars.
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C pillar? of course!

Whoops! Makes absolute sense now! Thanks Manny! (now if I can figure out which C pillar! ha ha ha!)

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