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Old 04-11-2009, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My first post. I did a search and cannot find out how to replace the antenna. Mine is broken at the base. Is there a lead connector in the rear without going all the way to the radio? Can one be spliced? The trouble of going through the whole car seems to be a big task. I use mostly XM, but would still like to fix what is broken.
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My first post. I did a search and cannot find out how to replace the antenna. Mine is broken at the base. Is there a lead connector in the rear without going all the way to the radio? Can one be spliced? The trouble of going through the whole car seems to be a big task. I use mostly XM, but would still like to fix what is broken.[/b]
If your antenna broke at the base, all you need to do is pop off the antenna connection inside the trunk from the base unit itself. Then remove the nut and the screw that hold it onto the body. You'll also need to remove the 4 prong antenna nut that screws into the base (the chrome one embedded in the plastic). Harbor Freight sells the removal tool for around $5 IIRC. Wrap the 4 prongs (on the tool) with electrical tape to prevent scratching the chrome and surrounding black plastic up.

Just pull back the carpeting on the driver's side of the trunk, and you'll see what I'm talking about.
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My first post. I did a search and cannot find out how to replace the antenna. Mine is broken at the base. Is there a lead connector in the rear without going all the way to the radio? Can one be spliced? The trouble of going through the whole car seems to be a big task. I use mostly XM, but would still like to fix what is broken.[/b]
If your antenna broke at the base, all you need to do is pop off the antenna connection inside the trunk from the base unit itself. Then remove the nut and the screw that hold it onto the body. You'll also need to remove the 4 prong antenna nut that screws into the base (the chrome one embedded in the plastic). Harbor Freight sells the removal tool for around $5 IIRC. Wrap the 4 prongs (on the tool) with electrical tape to prevent scratching the chrome and surrounding black plastic up.

Just pull back the carpeting on the driver's side of the trunk, and you'll see what I'm talking about.
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Great! thanks for your help. So I can buy a antenna and just use the new base and plug it in at the bottom? That way there is no need to pull all the old cable?
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Yup just pick up a new antenna mast (aftermarket or oem) and a new antenna base. The old cable plugs into that base unit itself, and runs only a couple feet over into the radio control unit bolted to the driver's side wheel well. My local Pick N Pull has a 2000 Sable. You want me to grab it for you? PM me if you want to work something out.
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Yup just pick up a new antenna mast (aftermarket or oem) and a new antenna base. The old cable plugs into that base unit itself, and runs only a couple feet over into the radio control unit bolted to the driver's side wheel well. My local Pick N Pull has a 2000 Sable. You want me to grab it for you? PM me if you want to work something out.[/b]
Is the plug going into the unit a Ford only type connection? It looks different than a standard looking antenna lead.
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This is what the cable looks like that runs from the base in the body of the car to the RCU:
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