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Posts: 9
Registered: ‎10-06-2012

FM Radio Noise

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I have a ticking noise on FM and AM radio. I have a 2012 250 HO. It's ok on MP3 input.

I tried an antenna filter, grounding the antenna, grounding the chassis, running ground directly to battery and it doesn't change. Didn't have it on my 1995 225. Next step will be running stereo off of a stand alone battery to see if it's the radio picking up the interference.

Posts: 8,842
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: FM Radio Noise



If you can hear a ticking noise that is gone when the motor is turned off, it may be a plugwire or sparkplug that is leaking voltage or arcing. If this is the case, you will  hear the ticking change freqency as the throttle is opened up.


Often this situation is found when a new motor is installed on an older boat and there is some type of interaction or interference in the wiring.


Sometimes as simple as moving the antenna can make a difference.




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