How to Replace the Antenna Base on a 2000 Ford Focus

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How to Replace the Antenna Base on a 2000 Ford Focus
Replacing a car antenna base is not difficult. (car image by ana malin from Fotolia.com)

Most antenna issues suffered by a 2000 Ford Focus have to do with the antenna itself, which is easily replaced by unscrewing it from the base. Sometimes you will have to replace the entire antenna base, which requires a bit more effort. Even with this additional work, it is still a relatively simple repair.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Replacement base
  • Flathead screwdriver or small key
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Torx screwdriver (sometimes called a star screwdriver)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unscrew the antenna from the base and set it aside.

  2. 2

    Detach the interior light assembly. To do this, insert a flathead screwdriver or small key into the notch located at the front of the light. Gently pry the light assembly free from its housing.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the wires from the light assembly and set it aside. They will simply unplug.

  4. 4

    Remove the screws holding the light housing in place with a Phillips screwdriver. Set the housing aside.

  5. 5

    Use a torx screwdriver to remove the screw holding the antenna base in place. The screw will have a notch shaped like a six-pointed star.

    How to Replace the Antenna Base on a 2000 Ford Focus
    An example of a six-pointed star. (pretty star on a christmas-tree image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Remove the antenna base from the exterior of the car and replace it with a new one.

  7. 7

    Screw the base into place using the torx screwdriver.

  8. 8

    Replace the light housing with the Phillips screwdriver and light assembly by popping it back in place.

  9. 9

    Screw the antenna into the new housing.

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