Repair most types of bent auto antennas for less than $20 in parts. You can easily fix both “pillar-mount” and “fixed-mast” antennas.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:June 2010
Pillar-mount antennas slide in and out of door pillars.
Need to fix a bent or broken antenna?
That problem goes back as far as car
radios and marauding teenagers. The
two most common styles are “pillar
mounts,” which slide in and out of the
top of door pillars, and “fixed masts,”
nonretractable ones that are mounted
on fenders. (We won't include power
antennas here.) Both styles
are easy to fix yourself. Start the repair
by buying a replacement unit (less than
$20) from an auto parts store or
Fish the new cable through the door pillar by using
the old one to pull it through. Securely splice together
the new cable to the old one.
New pillar-mount antennas come
with the coaxial cables already
attached. So after you unscrew and
pull out the old unit, cut the old cable
and use it to fish the new cable through
the pillar to the radio. (Splicing the old
cable to the new one isn't recommended;
you may get radio interference.)
But be careful! If the splice comes
apart inside the pillar, you'll have to
remove the pillar trim to fish the new
cable. Form a hook in the old cable,
loop a picture-hanging wire through it
and then wrap it with tape for added
insurance. You'll have to remove the
car radio to hook up the new cable. For
about $5, you can buy removal instructions
Replace the old base stud with the matching one
from the kit. Then screw in the new mast.
are much easier
to replace. Buy a
universal kit (about $15)
from any auto parts
store. Just unscrew
the bent mast
with an adjustable
wrench and install
the new mast. You
may have to install
an adapter (included
in the kit) to
match the thread
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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