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Old 11-01-2000, 05:21 PM
Leon Hernandez
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Anyone ever get a dental drill sound out of your radio when just cruising down the road?
It comes and goes cannot place a event that would lead to this culprit. The radio is on and the dental drill sound varies with the engine RPM (not partial to golden oldies! or Country he he.) I've tried various radio stations to see if it made any difference and it does not. Appreciate your thoughts on this.

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Old 11-01-2000, 05:28 PM
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are you sure it is coming from the radio?

i also got this high-pitched sound once on my 190e, and it seemed to be coming from the speedometer cable, with its tone directly correlating to vehicle speed, not rpm.

it really freaked me out ...
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Old 11-01-2000, 06:58 PM
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if your radio is not stock,, you should use a filter on your head unit. if you have an external amplifier, (other than stock) you could have a bigger problem like ground loop.
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Old 11-01-2000, 07:36 PM
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Leon, sounds like electrical interference most likely associated with alternator or ignition. If you don't get it on FM stations but you get it on AM, then it may be a bad ground under the hood. If you get it all the time, then it's probably a bad antenna ground..At least that's been my experience..

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Old 11-01-2000, 11:06 PM
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In the stereo business they call that engine noise. It could be that there is a bad ground. If you wired a custom Stereo in, with Amps, you have a couple of choices, either run the power cables down one side of the car, and the RCA's down the other side.

You can use an inline noise filter, but it can cut the signal slightly.

I would check your radio ground/antenna ground/amplifier ground. and all connections.

If you do have a custom stereo with amps, and you ran the power and RCA's downt he same side, then definately move the power wires to the other side of the car.

I have also heard that some spark plugs can cause this engine noise. if it is definately coming through the speakers, then I would look into the stereo wiring.


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Old 11-02-2000, 12:44 AM
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You know I can't write er type as fast as I think and that's pretty slow! The noise comes in the FM band and the radio is MB stock. The noise will go away when radio is turned off. So, sounds like I'll go chasing after those grounds. Thanks for the hints, apreciate them. LH
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