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Old 09-14-2013, 05:04 PM
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How do I remove and open up antenna to remove broken mast lead?

I know how to replace antenna masts. What I'm not sure about is how to deal with an antenna where part of the mast lead is broken off in the antenna.

This is on my 190E (that I plan to sell). Don't know whether I want to mess with it or not. Currently the mast is installed, sticking part way up. But the nylon lead is gobbled up inside the antenna. I may simply leave as is and note it as one of the car's few minor flaws....or I may deal with it.

First, what would I need to disconnect to remove than antenna completely?

Second, what would I do to open up the antenna to get the nylon lead out?

Thanks.

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Old 09-14-2013, 07:25 PM
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This is what you need to do.

1) Retrieve and pull out the new antenna.
2) Push trunk lining to one side or remove it to gain access to the antenna. It is only held on by 1 bolt, the ground and the antenna cable. Remove connector.
3) Remove the antenna and open it up. I normally spray the seam with WD40 first. You need 2 small screw drivers or a knife. Open the tab one by one. To open the first 2 and leave them open is difficult. Once you have opened 2 then the rest will kind of slip off easily. It is a PITA job.
4) I think a few rubber studs will fall out once you have the cover open. It is easy to see where they belong. So open it slowly.
5) The nylon lead curl up inside a circular box. You can open it up by removing a circlip in the middle bit you may not be able to put it back together.
6) I normally turn the motor by moving the motor belt CW or CCW. One direction will extend the antenna, the other to retract. You need to turn it to extend the antenna and the old piece of $hit will come out eventually. It is tedious work.
7) If you get this far then you have a hang of it and reverse the steps to install.

Good luck.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:39 PM
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Thanks for the clear instructions! I appreciate it.

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Originally Posted by ah-kay View Post
This is what you need to do.

1) Retrieve and pull out the new antenna.
2) Push trunk lining to one side or remove it to gain access to the antenna. It is only held on by 1 bolt, the ground and the antenna cable. Remove connector.
3) Remove the antenna and open it up. I normally spray the seam with WD40 first. You need 2 small screw drivers or a knife. Open the tab one by one. To open the first 2 and leave them open is difficult. Once you have opened 2 then the rest will kind of slip off easily. It is a PITA job.
4) I think a few rubber studs will fall out once you have the cover open. It is easy to see where they belong. So open it slowly.
5) The nylon lead curl up inside a circular box. You can open it up by removing a circlip in the middle bit you may not be able to put it back together.
6) I normally turn the motor by moving the motor belt CW or CCW. One direction will extend the antenna, the other to retract. You need to turn it to extend the antenna and the old piece of $hit will come out eventually. It is tedious work.
7) If you get this far then you have a hang of it and reverse the steps to install.

Good luck.

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