skip to content skip to account links skip to store category links skip to store information links skip to store policy links

 
Click here for information on where to recycle your SXM product Click here for information on where to recycle your SXM rechargable battery
Accessories
Recycle Now
Vehicle Antenna Installation
Sedans and Coupes |  Covertibles |  SUVs |  Pickup Trucks
The Magnetic Mount Antenna should be located on the roof of the car. SiriusXM recommends mounting the antenna above the back window, or above the windshield, no closer than 3 inches from the edge as shown. The best mounting location would be at the rear center or front center of the roof. If another antenna is already mounted in this location, mount the antenna a minimum of 3 inches away from the other antenna.
Finding the Right Location to Mount the Antenna: Do's and Do Not's
DO: Mount the antenna on the roof.
DO: Mount the antenna on the roof where it has a clear view of the sky in all directions.
DO: Mount the antenna on the roof where it has at least 3 inches of clear space around it.
DO: Use the supplied rubber tail/cover to protect the antenna cable.
DO NOT: Don't mount the antenna inside the vehicle, for example, on the dashboard.
DO NOT: Don't mount the antenna on any of the vehicle's front, back or side pillars.
DO NOT: Don't mount the antenna close to a roof rack. Adjust the rack so it's further away from the antenna or move the antenna closer to the center of the roof.
DO NOT: Don't mount the antenna close to another antenna. Mount it at least 3 inches away.
DO NOT: Don't mount the antenna close closer than 3 inches from the edge of the roof. Use the supplied rubber tail/cover as a guide for judging proper length and correct positioning.
Routing the Antenna Cable:
- From the Rear Window
- From the Windshield
- Troubleshooting Tips for Common Signal and Audio Reception Problems
Routing the Antenna Cable from the Rear Window
Here's how to route the antenna cable from the SIRIUS Magnetic Mount Antenna to your SIRIUS Radio, when the antenna is mounted above the rear window. See the detailed explanations below the main illustration. You can also view the detailed break-out illustrations for each major step by clicking on the link that is highlighted in blue in each section.
  1. Feed the antenna cable underneath the rubber molding around the rear window. Use a plastic putty knife or similar object to lift the rubber molding around the rear window and tuck the antenna cable underneath. Route the antenna cable around and down the window to the lowest point. Click here for a detailed illustration. If your rear window does not have rubber molding, SiriusXM recommends consulting with a professional installer.
  2. Route the antenna cable out of the window molding and into the rubber weather stripping around the trunk opening. Lift the weather stripping from the opening and tuck the cable inside it. Then replace the weather stripping. To avoid sharp bends in the cable, run the cable inside of the weather stripping for a few inches. Then remove the cable from the weather stripping inside of the trunk. Keep the cable away from hinges, gears or anything else that could damage it. Click here for a detailed illustration.
  3. Route the cable out from the rubber weather stripping and along the trunk wall. Continue routing the cable into the cabin through a conduit or along an existing wiring harness. Click here for a detailed illustration.
  4. Route the cable through the main cabin area under the interior trim, towards the front of the vehicle. Use the plastic putty knife to lift the plastic trim just enough to tuck the cable underneath. Avoid side airbag locations on back pillars and above the doors. (Airbag locations are marked with "SRS" logos.) Be careful not to crimp or cut the cable. Click here for detailed illustration.
  5. Bring the cable out from under the trim near the dashboard and route it under the carpet toward the dashboard or console. Coil any excess cable in a hidden location, such as under the carpet, keeping it away from any vehicle pedals or controls. Secure the excess cable with cable tidies or wire ties. Click here for a detailed illustration.
  6. Bring the end of the cable out at the SIRIUS Radio location. Leave yourself enough cable so you can easily connect it to the antenna connector (sometimes marked ANT) of the SIRIUS Radio or Vehicle Dock.
Routing the Antenna Cable from the Windshield
Here's how to route the antenna cable from the Magnetic Mount Antenna to your SIRIUS Radio, when the antenna is mounted above the windshield. See the detailed explanations below the main illustration. You can also view the detailed break-out illustrations for each major step by clicking on the link that is highlighted in blue in each section.
  1. Use a plastic blunt putty knife, a credit card, a plastic knife, or similar blunt tool to lift the rubber molding around the windshield and tuck the antenna cable underneath it. Click here for a detailed illustration.
  2. Continue tucking the cable underneath the windshield molding around the windshield to the lowest corner.
  3. At the lowest corner of the windshield, route the cable out of the windshield molding and into the rubber weather stripping around the door opening. Lift the weather stripping from the opening and tuck the cable inside it. Then replace the weather stripping. Run the cable inside of the weather stripping to the bottom of the door opening.Click here for a detailed illustration.
  4. Pull the cable out of the weather stripping at the bottom of the door opening and route it under the carpet toward the dashboard. Coil any excess cable in a hidden location, such as under the carpet, keeping it away from any vehicle pedals or controls. Secure the excess cable with cable tidies or wire ties. Click here for detailed illustration.
  5. Bring the end of the cable out near your XM Radio location. Leave yourself enough cable so you can easily connect it to the antenna connector (sometimes marked ANT, ANT IN, or ANTENNA) of the XM Radio or Vehicle Dock.
Troubleshooting Tips for Common Signal and Audio Reception Problems
Here are ways to identify and correct some of the common signal and audio reception problems you may encounter:
  • PROBLEM: SIRIUS RADIO DISPLAYS "ANTENNA NOT DETECTED"
  • Possible cause #1: The antenna is not properly connected to the Radio or Vehicle Dock, or the connection has become loose.
  • Solution: Check the antenna connection to the SIRIUS Radio or Vehicle Dock and make sure it has a good, snug fit.
  • Possible cause #2: If the antenna is properly connected to the SIRIUS Radio or Vehicle Dock, there may be a break in the antenna cable, or a problem with the antenna.
  • Solution: Replace the Magnetic Mount Antenna.
  • PROBLEM: SIRIUS RADIO DISPLAYS "ACQUIRING SIGNAL"
  • Possible cause: The Magnetic Mount Antenna is not receiving a satellite signal.
  • Solution 1: Make sure the vehicle is outdoors with a clear view of the sky.
  • Solution 2: Make sure the antenna is mounted on the outside of the vehicle in an optimal location. (Follow the mounting tips described earlier for your vehicle type.)
  • Solution 3: Move the vehicle away from any obstructed area. For example, if you are parked in an underground garage, you should receive a signal after leaving the garage.
  • Note: Signal reception can also be hindered if your vehicle is in a covered garage or parking structure, or you drive under structures or obstacles such as bridges, overpasses, or trees with a lot of foliage for a prolonged period.
  • PROBLEM: There is static or loss of clarity in the SIRIUS Radio's audio
  • Possible cause #1: If you have connected the audio of your SIRIUS Radio to your vehicle's FM radio using the FM transmitter, the FM channel you have selected is most likely being used by an FM radio station. This interferes with the audio of the SIRIUS Radio.
  • Solution: You'll need to find an available FM channel. An available FM channel is one that's not being used by an FM radio station in your area. When you tune your FM radio to an available channel, you should only hear static or silence - not talk or music. We recommend one of the following methods to find an available FM channel:
    • Use the SiriusXM FM Channel Finder at www.siriusxm.com/fmchannel. Go to the website and enter your zip code. The Channel Finder will suggest a list of available FM channels in your area. For convenience, write down or print out the list.
    OR
    • Manually tune through your local FM channels on your vehicle's FM radio. Locate and create a list of channels that aren't being used by any FM radio station. Write down the list. Once you have created your list of available FM channels, you will need to find the one that provides the best match for your SIRIUS Radio.
    TIP! You'll need to use the 'Manual' tune function on your vehicle's FM radio to tune through every FM channel one-by-one. Turn on your vehicle's FM radio. Start at 88.1 and use the 'Manual' tune function on your vehicle's FM radio to tune through each FM channel one-by-one (88.1 followed by 88.3 etc.) to locate channels that aren't being used by a local FM radio station. Write down each FM channel that has only static or silence on it, until you reach 107.9, which is the highest FM channel on the vehicle FM radio.

    Pick the first FM channel from your list. Turn on your vehicle's FM radio (if you have not already done so) and tune it to this FM channel.

    Turn on your SIRIUS Radio and then set it to transmit on the same FM channel as your vehicle's FM radio. Refer to your SIRIUS Radio User Guide for detailed instructions on how to do this. You can find SIRIUS Radio User Guides and Quick Start Guides here.
  • Possible cause #2: If you have connected the audio of your SIRIUS Radio directly to your vehicle's stereo system using the AUX or AUX IN, or LINE IN jack, the Aux In Cable may not be properly connected.
  • Solution: Make sure the Aux In Cable is properly connected; one end to the AUX or AUX IN, or LINE IN jack on your vehicle's stereo system, and the other end to the AUDIO, AUDIO OUT or LINE OUT connector on your SIRIUS Radio or Vehicle Dock.
  • Possible cause #3: If you have connected the audio of your SIRIUS Radio directly to your vehicle's stereo system using the AUX or AUX IN, or LINE IN jack, you may not have selected the proper input source on your vehicle's stereo system.
  • Solution: Set your vehicle's stereo system to play input from the auxiliary input source.
Back to Top
 
Sirius Click Here for XM