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Radio antenna I have a 97 Honda civic Lx 4 door. Somebody snapped the mast of the antenna so I bought a new antenna from the dealer. It mounts on thew post, and I'm having a problem replacing it as I can't find out where I unplug the old antenna wire! Anyone familiar with this problem? Any help is welcome! PS Why do manufactures make things next to impossible to work on these days?!?!?!?!

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  • kc50 Oct 09, 2008

    Found the plug in behind the dash by the hood release!!

    Thank you! :)


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A few preparations and tools will make this easier.

1. Partially remove dash.
You can partially remove the lower half of the dash under the steering column. There is a screw near the bottom and one just at the seam. Take those two out and pull hard enough to open up that area. You should then see the plug on the left about halfway up from the floor of the car. The part that is secured to the wall is the part that goes to the radio.

2. Prep to remove antenna.
The bottom part loops toward the front of the car and then back up through the windshield post. The problem I always have with something like this is getting the new connector back down the post. Luckily two "helpers" make this job a lot easier: Duct tape (how did we ever live without it) and speaker wire.
Speaker wire because I was afraid string would break off and something like a coat hanger would be too stiff and catch on things to pull up.
Attach the speaker wire to the antenna cord (the one going back to the front of the car and up the pillar.)
If you have a good heavy gauge wire you might want to cut one wire back leaving the other long and tape it - it will make it smoother going up. Be sure to press the duct tape down as close and tight on the joint as you can so it doesn't peel back.
So no that you are connected - use a star drive (like a phillips head but the ends looks like a * ) or you can use a slot screwdriver to loosen the weather fitting on top of the car and start to pull out the antenna. It is easier pulling it out and putting it back in if the antenna is all the way out of the plastic tube that guides it down the pillar. You will know what it looks like if you have bought your new one already.

3. Pull the guide tube out and all you should have is the wire connector to the antenna.

4. Start to pull the wire up - ease it until you feel the metal connect make the turn and start up the pillar. I did it myself but someone in the car can help push it from below.

5. Once it starts up it should come out easily.

6. Disconnect the old wire from the speaker wire and then tape the new connector to the speaker wire. Remember to pull the antenna out of the guide tube and then feed the wire and the tube in the hole in the roof and start pulling from below. It may take a little easing to get it back around the turn as it approaches its final position.

7. Once you have it in position, disconnect the speaker wire and duct tape. Clean off the connector of any tape residue (I just did it with a cloth and my hands.)

8. Connect the new antenna to the radio connector.

9. Place the dashboard panel back in place and secure the screws. Note: There is a clip on a plastic tongue near the steering column - just make sure it didn't get misaligned on the tongue and push it in place.

10. Secure the two screws on the top gasket with your star drive or slot screw driver.

Enjoy your new reception!

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You should be able to take the plastic piece going down the inside panel from roof to dash. Usually somwhere in there or under the dash you will find a slip connection. But some go all the way to the radio.

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