Are you having problems in making your car's antenna mast go up or down even if the motor and clutch are working properly? It's probably time for you to replace the mast. Because of where this component is attached, it's regularly exposed to a lot of damaging elements.moisture, dust, grime, and road salt. So don't be surprised if one day, this part just starts to malfunction.it's probably starting to show signs of old age. Fortunately, installing a new antenna mast is easy. Just follow the steps below:
Tools you'll need:
Step 1: Remove the old antenna mast.
Using a wrench, loosen the nut that holds the busted mast in place by turning it counter clockwise.
Step 2: Locate the access area for the antenna's wiring or cable.
The location depends on where the antenna is attached. If the antenna is installed on the front fender, the cable can be accessed through the inner panel of the fender. If it's a rear antenna, you might need to open the trunk to access the cable. If the antenna is found on the driver's side, uninstall the kick panel at the front part of the seat to access the wiring or cable. Another way to figure out the access area is to uninstall the radio from the dash. From there, follow the wiring plug at the back and you should be able to find the wiring or cable for the antenna.
Step 3: Disconnect the power wires and the coaxial cable.
Once you've found the wires or cable, disconnect them. Make sure to take note of the coaxial cable's routing as this component is what links the car to the antenna.
Step 4: Clean the mounting area for the antenna mast.
Inspect the mounting area and look for signs of rust or dirt contamination. If the mounting area is dirty, use a clean rag and wipe the area clean. Keep in mind that contaminants can prevent you from installing the new antenna properly.
Step 5: Attach the new power cables.
Connect the new cable that usually comes with a replacement mast to the motor, following the routing of the old cable. As for the new coaxial cable, you either have to plug it directly into the radio or into an extension cable, depending on your car's make. If you need an extension cable, make sure to tape the coaxial and extension cables together.
Step 6: Install the new antenna mast.
Place the new mast in position, which is through the opening. Then screw it into the new coaxial cable by using a wrench. Don't forget to tighten the retainer nut. Double-check and see if the cable is a bit wobbly. If it isn't stable, you might need to tighten the nut more.
Step 7: Reinstall any panels you've removed.
Reattach any panels you may have removed in order to access the wires and cables. Once you've reinstalled everything, switch on the car's engine to see if the newly attached mast works and smoothly goes up and down.