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    NOSaintsFan02 is offline

    Radio reverting back to the same station every time I turn on my car

    Never had this problem for three years up until now but randomly, every time I turn on my car it automatically goes to a specific station. First, it was The Heat (preset on my lineup at #4). Then it was ESPN Radio (preset on my lineup as#11).

    I called Sirius and of course they did the ol standard "let's refresh your signal!" as the solution. That doesn't work.

    It's not the biggest thing in the world, but I prefer Sirius to return my radio to the last station I was listening to instead of always automatically resetting to a specific station whenever I start the car.

    Anyone ever deal with this and has anyone ever been able to fix it/get it resolved?

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    If you turn the SiriusXM radio off before you turn off the car's engine, then the next time you start the car and turn on the radio, it should be on whatever channel you were last listening to. It's odd that it would go to one of your presets, though. In my own vehicle, if I don't turn off the radio first, it always resets to Channel 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rewind View Post
    If you turn the SiriusXM radio off before you turn off the car's engine, then the next time you start the car and turn on the radio, it should be on whatever channel you were last listening to. It's odd that it would go to one of your presets, though. In my own vehicle, if I don't turn off the radio first, it always resets to Channel 1.
    Thanks Rewind. I'm going to try that after I get off from work and I'll let you know if it works for me. I'm in a 2016 Nissan Maxima so turning off my radio would entail me simply switching from XM to AM/FM, right?

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    You need to power off the SiriusXM receiver. I had an Onyx receiver installed in my car and to be able to hear it I have to have the car radio tuned to 97.9. The Best Buy installer told me they always set SiriusXM radios to that frequency, at least here in Southern California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rewind View Post
    You need to power off the SiriusXM receiver. I had an Onyx receiver installed in my car and to be able to hear it I have to have the car radio tuned to 97.9. The Best Buy installer told me they always set SiriusXM radios to that frequency, at least here in Southern California.
    I probably should have specified my 2016 Nissan Maxima came with the factory installed tuner rather than me having to buy a receiver.

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    Ok now it is going to channel 1 every time I start the car. It's not the worst issue to have but still annoying. I called Sirius again and the only solution they keep throwing out is the refresh signal option. I will just take my car to Nissan and see if they can do anything.

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    Oct 2019 update: after a year of working great, it once again is now doing the thing where it turns to a preset station and it takes a good 1-2 minutes to pick up a signal. Very, very annoying as I thought I was rid of the problem. But alas, here we are again. Unfortunately there’s nothing I can even think to do. I just have to put up with it again.

    Again, I assume it’s a signal issue and for whatever reason sometimes it screws up here in New Orleans.

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    Same here in the Dallas area. Turn off the car without first turning off the XM radio. Turn on the car and the XM radio defaults to channel 1. Had signal refreshed did no good. This problem did not occur when cars were new 2105 & 2016

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Burger View Post
    Same here in the Dallas area. Turn off the car without first turning off the XM radio. Turn on the car and the XM radio defaults to channel 1. Had signal refreshed did no good. This problem did not occur when cars were new 2105 & 2016
    It re-fixed itself for me againin December.

    So this is twice now where it did this and then fixed by itself about a month or two later. Going by history, this means the problem will occur again in 2021 and will be that way for a month or two before it fixes again.

    I wish there was a concrete way to fix it as soon as it occurs but everyone from dealers to Sirius has told me it's a "signal issue". So it's unfortunately an annoyance you have to put up with for a few months before the signal decides to fix itself.

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