the motor works, it's just the mast itself it broken. the top half is broken off and what is sticking up, is down into one "section" and doesn't retract down into the fender. but I do hear the motor whirring when I shut the car off
I seem to recall you should be able to replace just the mast without having to remove the entire motorized assembly. I just checked the Topic Finder but didn't see anything directly related to mast replacement. Anyone?
turned out that after I removed the base of the antenna, all I had to do was yank the old mast out. it was slightly bent (aside from being broken) and there was not a plastic tooth cord in it either, so didn't have to dig that out. I inserted the new antenna, and turned the radio off and let the motor pull it in. works great and smooth, and I can now pick up more stations and have a more clear signal!
yeah, the new one had the plastic teeth, but the old one never moved.... it was broken towards the top and stuck out of the fender with what was left of the mast compacted down inside the section of mast that was still sticking up out of the fender.... you can see the old mast sticking up in the pic I posted above from the day I brought the car home