Saturn Ion Antennas

Exterior antennas are important pieces of equipment that will enhance your enjoyment when driving an Ion model Saturn coupe or sedan. These devices allow your vehicle to receive and interpret radio wave transmissions that bring music, news, or podcasts into your cab. It can be helpful to understand how the antennas on a Saturn work as well as how to spot signs of wear and when to replace them.

How do Saturn Ion antennas function?

Although there are different types of car antennas, these differences typically appear only in the construction of the devices while their functionality remains the same. Most antennas are crafted from a core made of a strong wire that can receive radio wave transmissions. This wire is protected by an outer shell made of fiberglass. The protective layer allows your Saturns antenna to be flexible enough to withstand various weather conditions without snapping, and it is rigid enough to remain mounted on the front fender or passenger side of the vehicle.

Functionally, the antenna of your Ion coupe or sedan will pick up magnetic radio waves from the air. Once the antenna brings those signals into the cab of your Saturn, you can use the buttons or dials on your radio to isolate them. These singular signals will then provide you with the news or music of your choice during your drive.

What parts are there for a Saturn Ion antenna?

Although the rod is the primary part of your Ion antennas construction, there are several other mechanisms that you may need to add or replace once they wear out. Some of the most common components of vehicle antennas include the following:

  • A GPS navigation system that is compatible with Saturn Ion model antennas. It fits over the device, thus allowing you to access global positioning features.
  • Kits that provide your cars antenna with a power boost to increase the frequency range of signals it can receive.
  • Antenna cables that connect the wiring inside the body of the device to the Saturn Ions own electrical systems.
  • The mast or body of the antenna itself, which you may need to replace should the previous one become cracked or damaged.
How can you tell if your Ions antenna is damaged?

There are a few signs that point to your Saturn Ions antenna being faulty. A damaged antenna will degrade the quality of your drive since you will no longer be able to access radio signals. It may also put other parts of your car at risk if the casing is cracked and the internal wiring is exposed to the elements.

Check the radio stations you use most commonly. If you find that stations that worked before are producing only static now, it could be because the mast or wiring of your cars antenna is too damaged to receive and interpret the signals. Any exposed wiring or cables will take damage from the elements. Check the device for frayed or severed cables and replace them with new ones as soon as possible.