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'95 Riv - antenna does not retract

Power pushes antenna up but does not retract it. Am able to push it down, but it just doesnt fall back down in. The mast looks clean, but should it be super slick so it falls back in or does it have a retracting cable tied to the motor?

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  • jefferyl Dec 23, 2008

    Would the cable with teeth be a dealer item? I am only seeing complete units, and unsure they would bolt in place without fabrication; such as the Pyramid EA48 Full Automatic AM/FM Power Antenna from Quality Car Audio.

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Most power antennas have a plastic cable with teeth that feed into the power antenna motor.  I recommend replacing the antenna.  A special tool is required to remove the slotted nut where the antenna comes out of the car.  You could use something else, but be careful not to scratch your paint.  I also recommend taking apart the motor to remove any remaining broken pieces of cable.  Usually only one nut holds the cover of the antenna motor in the center. After removal of the old antenna follow these instructions: 1.  Feed the new antenna cable down into the antenna motor; teeth facing the front of the car. 2.  Have someone turn key enough to operate the radio.  You should feel the teeth raking against the teeth in the motor.  If you do not, face the teeth toward the back of the car. 3.  Have your assistant turn the radio off, and allow the antenna motor to pull in the cable.  The motor will automatically stop when it feels resistance.   4.  Return the slotted nut, so you do not have to repeat steps 2 and 3.

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