Antenna. Radio noise suppression



All models use a black painted fixed-length stainless steel rod-type antenna mast, installed on the right front fender of the vehicle. The antenna mast has a spiral groove cut down its length to reduce wind noise. The antenna mast is connected to the center wire of the coaxial antenna cable, and is not grounded to any part of the vehicle. To eliminate static, the antenna base must have a good ground.

The coaxial antenna cable shield (the outer wire mesh of the cable) is grounded to the antenna base and the radio receiver chassis.

The antenna coaxial cable has an additional disconnect, located near the inboard side of the glove box opening on the back side of the lower instrument panel reinforcement. This additional disconnect allows the instrument panel assembly to be removed and installed without removing the radio receiver.

The factory-installed Electronically Tuned Radios (ETR) automatically compensate for radio antenna trim. Therefore, no antenna trimmer adjustment is required or possible when replacing the radio receiver or the antenna.

Radio noise suppression


Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and Electro- Magnetic Interference (EMI) noise suppression is accomplished primarily through circuitry internal to the radio receivers. These internal suppression devices are only serviced as part of the radio receiver.

External suppression devices that are used on this vehicle to control RFI or EMI noise include the following:

  • Radio antenna base ground
  • Radio receiver chassis ground wire or strap
  • Engine-to-body ground strap(s)
  • Exhaust system-to-body ground strap (4.7L engines only)
  • Resistor-type spark plugs
  • Radio suppression-type secondary ignition wiring.

For more information on the spark plugs and secondary ignition components, refer to Ignition System in the Description and Operation section of Group 8D - Ignition System.

    Dodge Durango (DN) 1998-2003 Service Manual


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