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S13 Power Antenna Install

Old 06-09-2007, 05:15 PM
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S13 Power Antenna Install

I replaced my broken power antenna with another one today, here's the install.

Tools needed:
Socket wrench
10mm socket
Needle nose pliers

If your antenna is just broken then you could just swap out the mast itself which can be found cheaply at a many a place. This install is for replacing the entire power antenna motor. This motor still works but the antenna is broken. I've had another motor that I accquired some time ago just laying around so I decided to swap the whole unit instead of just the mast.
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Power antenna motor with wires.
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As you can see, the antenna is broken.
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First you need to remove the stuff out of your trunk to give yourself some room to work with.
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Remove the rear trunk cover...
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which will allow you to remove the side trunk cover.
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This allows you access to the antenna motor.
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Before you can get to the motor you need to remove the bracket for the OEM car jack. Use a 10mm socket.
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Pull the bracket out.
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Now you need to remove the top of the antenna off the outside of the car or you won't be able to get the motor out. Star by removing the rubber gasket. See those two little dimples on the silver ring of the mast, if your mast will not unscrew with your fingers then....
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you can insert a set of needle nose pliers into those dimples and turn counter clockwise to bust it loose. Now that it's loose you can unscrew it with your fingers....
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and remove the top from the car.
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Next, you use the 10mm socket to remove the bolts holding the antenna motor to the chassis.
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Pull the antenna out.
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Unplug the antenna wire at the top. It's attached to a wire harness just on the inside of the chassis.
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Unplug the two harnesses at the bottom.
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Unplug the drain plug at the bottom also.
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Now take the new antenna and plug the top wire into the harness.
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Plug the two bottom harnesses in.
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And attach the drain plug to the bottom.
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Now you need to remove the top of the antenna so you can insert it to the outside of the chassis.
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It unscrews...
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then you can remove the rubber grommet and the tip.
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Manuever the antenna into the back of the car and insert the tip throught the chassis.
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Move the antenna into position on the mounting points...
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and insert the bolts to hold it in place.
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Put the top of the antenna back together. Put the rubber grommet back on and screw the silver ring on to hold things tight. Make sure when you insert it into the top of the antenna on the outside that you insert that long plastic tab in the right spot on the antenna...
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when you look inside the tip you will see where it goes.
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Now you can bolt it in. When you start bolting it in pull down on the antenna to make sure that the rubber gasket is tight against the outside chassis to prevent moisture from getting in.
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Done! Wish I had a radio and speakers so I could enjoy this thing....someday perhaps!

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Old 06-09-2007, 05:21 PM
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lol ftmfw a power antenna and no head unit or speakers baller status lol looks good though another good writeup good job
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Nice write up!!!!!
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:26 PM
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Well, my antenna works. After I installed a new fuel pump yesterday and turned on the car, the antenna went up by itself. I have no idea what happened, I don't have a head unit or speakers....anyone?

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Old 06-13-2007, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by positron View Post

Well, my antenna works. After I installed a new fuel pump yesterday and turned on the car, the antenna went up by itself. I have no idea what happened, I don't have a head unit or speakers....anyone?

I believe if you run it through the stereo harness it will do that when there isn't grounding from a stereo unit. I would just disconnect the antenna until you put in a stereo unit and speakers.
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