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Antenna My automatic radio antenna will not retract when I either switch to CD player or turn my car off. It makes a whirling noise like it's trying to retract, but it just won't move.

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See how to replace here on a similar car. http://www.4dsc.com/articles/exterior/power_antenna/power_antenna.shtml

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You need to change the antenna mast

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Antenna - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

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�� In case the cable is not wound, twist it, as shown in the
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(c) Inspect the antenna rod operation by pressing the radio
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