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Hyundai Elantra Antennas

You probably do not spend a lot of time thinking about your Hyundai antenna. However, all that changes when your favorite song comes on the radio and instead of lip-syncing to it, you are met with static. Replacing a Hyundai Elantra antenna may seem difficult, but finding the right replacement is not as difficult as you may think.

How do you know when to replace your Hyundai antenna?

Before searching for a replacement, confirm your current antenna is actually broken. Begin by locating the cable that connects the antenna to its receiver. Make sure the cable connection is tight and secure. Review the current state of the antenna and cable for damage. Because it is possible to receive FM signals from a severely damaged antenna, switch to an AM station. If you are getting only static, then your antenna is likely in need of replacement.

Are there different variations of Hyundai Elantra antennas?

There are five primary types of antennas available for a Hyundai Elantra. Each type serves a specific purpose, such as playing radio stations or enhancing GPS navigation accuracy. Common variations include:

  • Car: Considered a staple in the automobile industry, car radio antennas intercept FM and AM radio bands for your enjoyment. There are various types of radio antennas that range in design, functionality, and capabilities.
  • Satellite: These aftermarket antennas go beyond radio bands and connect to designated satellite stations. Attached to your car via a magnetic receiver, this subscription radio service offers enhanced signal strength and a plethora of entertainment options.
  • Car television: Car television antennas receive VHF signals, which was what your home television picked up before the industry switched to UHF, or digital, bands. Of course, these antennas are only for your passengers' use.
  • GPS navigation: If you have a built-in GPS navigation system or use an aftermarket unit, these antennas boost signal strength for more accurate navigation. Check the antenna compatibility with your GPS system before purchasing.
  • Cellphone: These antennas boost cellular signals to maintain reception in gray areas.
What is the difference between OEM and aftermarket antennas?

Original Equipment Manufacturer antennas are the ones that originally came with your Hyundai. If you are looking to replace your damaged antenna with an identical unit, this is what you will choose. Aftermarket antennas are any created by a third-party manufacturer. If you choose the latter, make sure it is compatible with the year and body style of your Hyundai Elantra.

What can cause replacement antennas to not work?

If you installed an antenna on your Elantra but it is still not working, try these simple troubleshooting tips.

  • Make sure all connections are secured. Ensure the antenna cable is securely fashioned to the head unit. When the radio is turned on, wiggle the antenna. If static forms, this is the probable culprit.
  • Confirm you are not in an area with weak radio signals. Driving through rural areas tends to lower sound quality. Consider purchasing a signal booster to maximize sound quality.
  • Make sure the antenna mast is fully extended. Retractable antennas can get stuck in their casings, especially during winter.