How to Fix a Broken Car Antenna

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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How to Fix a Broken Car Antenna
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An external car antenna can be broken from a mishap during daily driving, a minor accident or even as a result of malicious behaviour. You can fix a broken car antenna yourself, saving the cost of an expensive session with a car repair or dealership. A replacement car antenna rod of the same colour as the broken one will be needed, along with a few supplies from an aftermarket car supply.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Paint masking tape
  • Replacement car antenna
  • Hex wrench
  • Phillips jeweller's screwdriver
  • Microfiber cloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Park the car outside in an area with plenty of overhead sunlight and out of the shade. Place the emergency brake on for added safety. Pop the boot open.

  2. 2

    Wrap strips of paint masking tape around the base of the car's antenna to protect the paint on the car body.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the screws holding the antenna's base to the car's body from the underside of the boot with the hex wrench.

  4. 4

    Carefully pull the rubber base up and off the broken antenna. Pull the antenna off the body of the car.

  5. 5

    Loosen the screws on the base of the antenna with a Phillips jeweller's screwdriver. Remove the wires attached to the screws.

  6. 6

    Attach the wires to the loosened screws of the replacement antenna. Tighten the screws.

  7. 7

    Place the replacement antenna into position where the original antenna was located. Screw the replacement antenna into position with the hex wrench.

  8. 8

    Place the rubber base over the replacement antenna. Push the rubber base down onto the body of the car. Close the boot.

  9. 9

    Slowly remove the paint masking tape from the car's body. Clean any tape reside off of the car's body using circular motions with a microfiber cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Disconnecting the car's battery can help prevent any chance of an electrical problem when working on the antenna--but should only be done by someone who has experience in the proper method of disconnecting a car battery.

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