Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What factors affect radio station reception?

asked by on

What factors affect radio station reception?

A: Anyone who’s ever used a radio in their lif...

Anyone who’s ever used a radio in their life knows that reception can sometimes be a tricky thing. Here are the factors that affect the reception in your car:

  • Distance: The farther you are from the radio station physically, the less strength the signal has. This translates to reduced sound quality. The closer you get to the transmitter station, the stronger the signal will be and the better your sound quality will be.

  • Physical Obstructions: Driving in an area with physical obstructions will play a role in radio reception (including SIRIUS radio). Hills, valleys, tall buildings, tunnels and many other obstacles can block or weaken radio signals.

  • Overload: Proximity isn’t always the best thing. If you’re too near the radio station transmitter, the signal of a strong station might overpower a weaker one. You’ll hear this as competing stations on the same frequency.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: truck will not reverse

This could be caused by a shifter linkage mis-adjustment, or possibly internal transmission damage. Unfortunately, YourMechanic does not do transmission repair. I suggest having a reputable local transmission shop perform the repair.

Q: How do I release the parking brake?

Before driving, you should always release the parking brake. If you do not release the brake, the car will not drive normally, and you can do serious damage to both the braking system, and the engine. To release the parking...

Q: How much would a motor mount replacement cost at Goodyear?

Hi there: A vehicle vibration while the stopped can be caused by multiple issues, ranging from improperly running engine due to a vacuum leak, ignition system or fuel system issues, or faulty or loose motor mounts. In regards to how...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.