Prado and interference on radio

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 13:59
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Hi

I have a 120 series with D4D motor. When I have the Engel 40l fridge connected I get significant interference through the radio on AM but not on FM. Went to a electrical contractor and he said nothing could be done to fix this as its a problem with the snesitivity of the radio. (did not happen in when in a GQ Patrol). When in remote locations AM gets more use than FM so its a pain in the A...

There are a lot of Prado's around and so this would have happened before. Anyone have any ideas or ways to fix it?

thanks in anticipation
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Reply By: Paul G K (vic) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 14:18

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 14:18
Hi,
not sure if you are aware that the radio aerial is in the back side windows (one side FM otherside AM not sure which is which) on the prado so would be picking up interference from fridge as I assume fridge is in back. I think there may not be alot you can do about it other than fitting an external aerial on the car .

Regards Paul
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Follow Up By: outback epicurean - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 14:32

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 14:32
Explooz is fantastic, 30 mins to get a response. This makes sense and explains a lot. Now have to think about if its worth doing something about the aerial or just listen to Cd's.

appreciate your reply
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Reply By: Member - Geoff B (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 14:34

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 14:34
Antenna is in the RH (drivers) side rear window, if the fridge is on this side try it on the left.

Cheers
Geoff
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Reply By: feathery - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 14:38

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 14:38
Have a look on the back of fridge as my Engel has a place to attach a earth wire which is destined to prevent radio interference
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 18:56

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 18:56
Yep, thats what I'd try too. Here's a photo of the grounding point on the right:
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Follow Up By: outback epicurean - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 21:01

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 21:01
Well I am even more impressed with the service from members. Never knew this existed probably because its covered by the protective bag around the fridge.

So whats the go, attach a wire to this and then somewhere to metal on the car body or does this need to be more particularly conected back to the battery.

Really appreciate your answers as if it works as suggested will be cheap and effective.

thanks
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Follow Up By: feathery - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 06:37

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 06:37
I would run a wire to a point some where close if that did not work try the chaise
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 12:41

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 12:41
Yep, just run an earth lead to anywhere convenient. I put a spade connector in the middle so you can do an easy disconnect when you remove the fridge.
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:20

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:20
When you can't get FM use an IPOD................LOL
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Reply By: Lachie - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 15:40

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 15:40
Hi
I had the same problem with interference from my fridge.
Tried earthing it . This did improve things a bit.
In the end I mounted another antenna on the roo bar and everything is fine now.

Lachie
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