Suddenly, a couple of weeks ago, we stopped receiving both AM and FM reception. It isn't a "weak antenna" issue— we were previously getting stations at the same location, and then it just stopped. We moved to a more metro area recently, and still can't even get the hint of a station on either AM or FM. We have the factory Sony install, and the 12" rubber wand antenna. We haven't climbed up to look at the antenna connection yet, but it *looks* just fine — the antenna's sticking straight up — no signs that it was knocked out of place.
I opened up the access hatch today to the back of the stereo to get some more use out of the CD changer inputs (we removed the CD changer months ago), and figured I'd see if maybe the antenna connection was knocked lose from the stereo itself. Geez, it's a mess in there, with all those 6' cables they used when they only needed a foot! Since I'm not going to spend the money to replace all those cables, I at least untangled them this time and wrapped up the excess individually in zip ties so I could make heads or tails of whats left.
What I *did* find were three wires that look like they're related to the antenna (see photo). It's kind of hard to make out the three from the rest, but here's what's going on: The red one just looks like a grounding wire, then there's a grey one flagged "ATT" that terminates inside the flag. Then there's that blue one, which looks like it's supposed to be connected to something… but I have no idea what! I can't find any more loose wires.
Do you think this blue wire is the problem, and should be connected somewhere? If so, what should I be looking for? I could have easily missed something, but there's only so much time you can spend twisted up inside a cubby in your overhead cabinet with a thousand wires!
ETA: I just googles "ANT REM MAX 0.1A" and I'm gathering that this is to connect "power/motorized" antennas, so I don't know if this a red herring. If it is, what DOES the actual radio antenna look like? I have the owners manual and the service manual and neither have given me a clue.