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Re: [toyota-prius] AM Radio Static?

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  • pmb
    Since all the electric motors (at least all which change speed with acceleration) are AC and brushless, it seems that the only thing which MIGHT cause the
    Message 1 of 6 , Jul 2, 2006
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      Since all the electric motors (at least all which change speed with acceleration) are AC and brushless, it seems that the only thing which MIGHT cause the problem is a problem in the ignition system. Try taking a pocket AM radio & moving it around under the hood with the car idling (you may need to chock the wheels and put the car in N for the engine to keep running) -- see where the interference is loudest, and you'll have your source.

      It is an unusual problem, and possibly the first time noted on Prius - anyone? (you haven't noticed a Lotus following you, have you?)

      Pete

      -----Original Message-----
      >From: iwinkler <iwinkler@...>
      >Sent: Jul 1, 2006 8:24 PM
      >To: toyota-prius@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [toyota-prius] AM Radio Static?
      >
      >I have a 2005 Prius. Lately, I have had more and more static on the AM
      >band. When I first got the car, the radio worked great, but now the
      >static is blocking even a powerful station. It gets worse when I
      >accelerate, and better when I take my foot off the gas. I just had my
      >20K service, but I forgot to mention it to the dealer. The car checked
      >out fine. I checked the antenna, and it seems to be okay. Any
      >thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
      >
      > iwinkler on LI, NY
      >
    • Tom M
      I m at 14,200 and no problems. Sounds like a bad ground someplace. Maybe corosion resulting from winter road gunk/de-icer in the NY area. This could be very
      Message 2 of 6 , Jul 2, 2006
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        I'm at 14,200 and no problems. Sounds like a bad
        ground someplace. Maybe corosion resulting from
        winter road gunk/de-icer in the NY area.

        This could be very hard to find and I'd take it to the
        dealer making noise like "warranty", etc.

        --- iwinkler <iwinkler@...> wrote:

        > I have a 2005 Prius. Lately, I have had more and
        > more static on the AM
        > band. When I first got the car, the radio worked
        > great, but now the
        > static is blocking even a powerful station. It gets
        > worse when I
        > accelerate, and better when I take my foot off the
        > gas. I just had my
        > 20K service, but I forgot to mention it to the
        > dealer. The car checked
        > out fine. I checked the antenna, and it seems to be
        > okay. Any
        > thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
        > Thanks!
        >
        > iwinkler on LI, NY
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >


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      • Michelle M
        I don t know the Prius that well but if the go peddle is a rheostat then it could be dirty. There is a lube for scratchy controls. Radio Shack sells it.
        Message 3 of 6 , Jul 2, 2006
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          I don't know the Prius that well but if the go peddle is a rheostat then it could be dirty. There is a lube for scratchy controls. Radio Shack sells it.
          Michelle, electronics technician

          pmb <PriusPete@...> wrote: Since all the electric motors (at least all which change speed with acceleration) are AC and brushless, it seems that the only thing which MIGHT cause the problem is a problem in the ignition system. Try taking a pocket AM radio & moving it around under the hood with the car idling (you may need to chock the wheels and put the car in N for the engine to keep running) -- see where the interference is loudest, and you'll have your source.

          It is an unusual problem, and possibly the first time noted on Prius - anyone? (you haven't noticed a Lotus following you, have you?)

          Pete

          -----Original Message-----
          >From: iwinkler <iwinkler@...>
          >Sent: Jul 1, 2006 8:24 PM
          >To: toyota-prius@yahoogroups.com
          >Subject: [toyota-prius] AM Radio Static?
          >
          >I have a 2005 Prius. Lately, I have had more and more static on the AM
          >band. When I first got the car, the radio worked great, but now the
          >static is blocking even a powerful station. It gets worse when I
          >accelerate, and better when I take my foot off the gas. I just had my
          >20K service, but I forgot to mention it to the dealer. The car checked
          >out fine. I checked the antenna, and it seems to be okay. Any
          >thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
          >
          > iwinkler on LI, NY
          >






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        • iwinkler
          I recently posted my AM radio static problem to the group. I thank one and all for your helpful comments. I ended up taking it to the dealer, where they said
          Message 4 of 6 , Jul 27, 2006
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            I recently posted my AM radio static problem to the group. I thank
            one and all for your helpful comments. I ended up taking it to the
            dealer, where they said there was a short in my radio, and a new one
            is on order. I hope they were right and this solves the problem.

            iwinkler on LI, NY
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