How to Refresh your XM radio signal

by Justin Cupler

In 2008, the U.S. Justice Department approved the merger of Sirius and XM -- two competing satellite radio companies -- creating SiriusXM. SiriusXM provides standalone radios and also comes as optional features on 11 car manufacturers, including General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, Audi and Volkswagen. When your signal become intermittent or fails completely, you may need to refresh the link between your radio receiver and SiriusXM's satellites. This is a straightforward process that is identical to the process used to activate your radio.

Turn your XM radio on. Position the antenna -- if a standalone receiver -- facing skyward. If you are refreshing an in-car unit and you park the vehicle in a garage, pull the vehicle out of the garage.

Tune your XM radio receiver to station "0" and observe as an eight-digit, alphanumeric code appears on the screen -- this is the XM radio's ID. Notate this ID. Please note that SiriusXM does not use the letters "I," "O," "S" or "F" in radio IDs.

Tune your XM radio to channel "1."

Log onto the internet and direct your browser to the SiriusXM website.

Place the pointer over the "Help & Support" link on the top, right of SiriusXM's website, and click "Refresh My Radio."

Type your XM radio's ID in the text box labeled "Radio ID (ESN or SID)," and click "Send Activation Request."

Wait approximately five minutes as your radio's signal refreshes. A message on the display alerts you when the refresh is complete -- the exact message varies, depending on the style of receiver.

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About the Author

Justin Cupler is a professional writer who has been published on several websites including CarsDirect and Autos.com. Cupler has worked in the professional automotive repair field as a technician and a manager since 2000. He has a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Cupler is currently studying mechanical engineering at Saint Petersburg College.