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Old 05-21-2003, 12:40 PM
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Power antenna replacement

Has anyone replaced the W124 style antenna with the new 1-2" antenna's from the new vehicles.

I would like to get rid of this "power" antenna, along with all the headaches likes cleaning, wind drag, not working in certain weather conditions etc. associated with it. Sooner or later it is going to fail.

My plan is to attach the "new" style antenna in the same location as the current one (as opposed to the roof, where it is being attached by automakers).
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Old 05-21-2003, 01:08 PM
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I have not done what you are suggesting, but it sounds complicated/expensive, and I do have an alternate suggestion.

While my antenna was removed for repair, I temporarily rigged up a simple/cheap split wire antenna, the kind used for home stereo receivers that are mounted in cabinets.

Since it was temporary, I just layed it across the rear shelf. To my surprise, FM reception was just as good when straining to pull in the distant station I listen to on the way to work. There is one stretch where the signal gets weak, and it was no worse with the wire antenna. One of these could easily be mounted nearly invisibly by running the wires along the edges of the rear window.

I only reinstalled the power antenna because I had already invested in rebuilding it. If it fails again, I will simply toss it.
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Old 04-09-2005, 06:21 PM
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My power antenna is operating intermittantly.

Should the motor run regardless of the condition of the teeth in the antenna?
How long should the gear teeth in the antenna be compared to the gear in the mechanism?

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Old 04-10-2005, 12:12 AM
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Its easy enough to take apart and clean. Just take your time to study everything in there and how it works. Mine actually needs a new mast but I just flared out the broken off big tube at ther bottom so I doesnt pop out of the car. It works, at least temporarily. Once its all cleaned and lubed, you can replace just the mast while the unit is still in the car by feeding the plastic coil down thru the hole until it engages.
1985 380SE Blue/Blue - 230,000 miles
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