FM Radio Static When Regenerative Braking/Coasting

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  1. baker2gs

    baker2gs Junior Member

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    I've been having some issues with my FM radio for a while, I had really bad static when using the rear defogger but they have since replaced my back window under warranty and that has fixed it. Though, I'm still getting static or fuzz when my foot is off the gas and I'm either coasting and/or braking. When the signal is weaker it's really bad.

    Anyone have any suggestions? The dealer said they checked all the ground connections before they changed out the window to be sure it wasn't a bad ground. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Check your 12v battery terminals for corrosion or loose connections. In my experience noise coming into the radio comes from corroded terminals on the battery or cables from the battery. Probably the most likely is the Negative battery cable where it connects to the chassis on a bolt below the rear passenger side light cluster. Again check to see if it doesn't have some corrosion on the connector and that it isn't loose.
    I think the next most likely is on the underside of the wire terminal that connects to the positive post. Mine had a bit of green colored corrosion on it when I changed my 12v. If you have any corrosion use a wire brush to scrape it off and a light dab of dielectric grease (not vaseline) when you reconnect. I hope this helps.
     
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    Awesome, thanks so much. I did change that battery a while back when I first got the car and I don't think I really payed attention to the fuzz until now. I will check tomorrow when I get a chance!
     
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    Well, I finally got around to checking the connections. They looked clean, but I was able to tighten the negative connection a bit more, though I'm still getting some static when I let off the gas. Is it possible that it could be due to the after market battery (the yellow Optima one) I replaced the stock one with?
     
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    I've been having an intermittent problem on the AM band in my 2005 (never in the 2006). I have paid dealers much money to check all the grounds - nobody knows nuthin' (except the cashier). Toyota customer care knows nuthin'. It is NOT spark plug noise; trust me, I know exactly how that sounds (my first car was a '53 Chevy).

    I can hear the Prius controllers when accelerating, decelerating (generating power from the rear wheels), when the engine starts or stops, and when other Prius stuff is going on. Each function has a different sound, and I can recognize what's going on just by the sound now. This isn't computer software where they can just label a defect as a feature and keep on selling the darn stuff. I don't need audio feedback to keep me up to date on the controller functions.

    Then the weather turns cold and it disappears completely. Or not. I even paid to have the antenna mounting hardware tightened. That wasn't it.

    The noises are not terribly loud, but certainly are annoying - and the noise indicates a problem in the function of the vehicle. This is not restricted to weak AM stations, nor does it matter which end of the AM band I'm on. There's no problem on FM1 or FM2.

    I could try the above suggestions again; they make perfect sense. It's obviously a bad ground problem SOMEWHERE, but it can't be found. I'm on 12-volt battery #2 in the 2005.

    Professor Chaos - is that you Butters?

    OLD GUY STORY: I had a 1984 Oldsmobile Ciera with a loud whining noise in the radio. After weeks of work, I accidentally found that the negative battery terminal moved even though the terminal nut was TIGHT. The threads in the negative side of the side-terminal battery were not tapped all the way down to the bottom. Weird.
     
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    Yeah, I think mine be rooted in the other end of the negative wire. My car had a rear accident before I bought it and it was still certified used. I'm going to try to see of they can figure it out before my warranty is up.
     
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