We can’t deny the fact that after a few years, any car’s antenna – whether it is telescopic or fixed – starts wearing out. Mostly, it bents over after a period of time. This type of antennas cause disturbance and prevents you from listening to the car radios. No matter how well maintained your car is, how shiny you keep it inside out, the bent antenna will take away your car’s overall appearance. So, it is crucial to remove or replace the old antenna for the sake of clear sound and perfect looks. This article will lead you to the step by step guide on how to remove the car antenna. You can remove it without taking anyone’s help as it is a simple process to follow.
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You will need 4-in-1 screwdriver, lineman’s pliers, replacement of the old antenna, and an electrician’s tape for the entire process. So, make sure you gather all these tools and materials before starting the process. It will save much more of your time than you have imagined!
Step 1: Identify Your Antenna Type
As there are many types of antenna available in the market, it is essential to know about your car antenna type before starting the removal process. The two most common types are “Pillar Mounts” and “Fixed Masts.” Pillar mounts slide in and out of the top door pillars, and Fixed masts are mounted on fenders. Know about the type and go further accordingly. Don’t worry, as both of these types are easy to fix. It’s essential just to purchase the replacement units from any automobile shops near you. You will get them between $15 to $25.
Step 2: Check for the Extention Cable or One Cable
Look for the coaxial cable that runs from the antenna to the back of the radio. In most cases, you will find it behind the dashboard. After that, know whether it is an extension cable or one cable running the entire length. Both of this scenario works slightly different. If it is an extension, unplug the wire at the extension coupling. If it is one cable, disconnect the coaxial cable from the back of the radio.
Step 3: Keep the Surface of the Car Safe
Don’t forget to cover the car’s surface with a clean cloth to protect it while working around the antenna. It is an important step to secure the color and finishing of the vehicle. Once you place the fabric, use a screwdriver to lift the rubber grommet gently. If you don’t know what a rubber grommet is, let me tell you where you can find it. It is the rubber part placed around the lip of the antenna. Lift that and check the rubber piece thoroughly. Make it lose and then take it off of the antenna.
Step 4: Remove the Screws and Lift the Mount
Gently loosen the screws taking the help of a screwdriver. These screws may have placed tightly on the antenna mount. Once you finish undoing, lift the mount off of the vehicle surface and look under the dashboard. You will then find the location where the antenna is mounted to the car. It is generally on the inside under the front passenger side of the vehicle.
Step 5: Undo the Socket that is Holding the Antenna
Once you are done with the steps mentioned above, start undoing the socket that is holding the antenna to the vehicle frame. You can complete this task quickly and conveniently with a crescent wrench. If you can get someone’s help to hold the antenna on the outside of the car, it will be great. It will secure the loosen antenna from falling on the vehicle and damaging the paint of the car. But even if you don’t have anyone around, you can undo the socket just by protecting the antenna and car’s surface with a clean cloth.
Last but not least, simply slide the socket out of the coaxial cable and then remove the antenna from the car. You just have to pull the coaxial cable through the hole in the vehicle frame, and that’s all!
Isn’t it simple? It’s just a question of 15 to 30 minutes, and you are ready to go! I hope this article has explained well how to remove a car antenna easily and quickly at home, without getting anyone’s help! Stay safe, be happy, and keep learning new things. Be self-dependent.