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Old 09-28-2003, 11:52 PM   #1
LinusRebar
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Question Antenna Problems

Alright, I'm not a very educated person when it comes to car mechanics, so I'm hoping that someone can help me.

I have a 1995 Subaru Legacy L Sedan and just yesterday the antenna stopped working. I didn't hit it or do anything weird to it, it just refuses to go down. I can hear the motor running, but it stays up. I can push it down a little, (a little more than an inch) but when the motor runs for the antenna to come back up, it stays down.

Can anyone tell me how to fix this? Thanks.
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Old 09-29-2003, 12:38 AM   #2
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Have you ever put any lubrication on it? It might be binding due to none.

If not, try some graphite lubrication, like the garage door stuff. It's a 'dry' lube, and doesn't get dirt on it(much).
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Old 09-29-2003, 09:36 AM   #3
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Wait a couple of weeks, and the motor will burn out. Then you won't have to worry about it. That's what happened to mine. Forunately the radio still (mostly) works with the antenna half-up.

If that doesn't sound appealing, yeah try the lube.
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Old 09-30-2003, 01:11 PM   #4
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Same problem, but I don't want to live with the antenna always in the 'up' position. Lube did not work.

How difficult would it be to remove the stock antenna and put in an antenna like the ones on Ford Focus' and VW bugs?

I may have my sunroof replaced next spring which would involve the removal of the entire headliner so could be accessible at that time.

Wiring issues?

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Old 09-30-2003, 01:45 PM   #5
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Wiring would be a snap with the headliner out.

On the other hand...if the motor is still running, but not moving the mast, most likely the toothed belt inside the mast has broken near the bottom. It's fairly easy to remove the entire assembly, pulling out the old mast and broken off belt piece inside, and replace the mast with new part. Once the motor assembly is reinstalled, without mast, turn radio on, letting motor move to "up" position, insert the end of the new belt/mast assembly down into the hole, and have someone else turn radio off. As the motor rewinds it should engage on the new toothed belt and pull the mast down into position. Then tighten locking ring onto mast assembly and you're done.

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Old 09-30-2003, 08:57 PM   #6
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Thanks a lot guys.
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