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Remove power antenna - 96 Seville

I have a working used power antenna to replace my bad antenna. Mount screws removed, is loose inside fender area but cannot figure how to remove from fender hole at top. Please tell me correct procedure.

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  • gphopkins Jan 18, 2009

    I cannot find a slide clip or any slot for a large screwdriver. The antenna is secured at the top in the fender hole with a black rubber grommet that sits on top of the fender, grooved to fit into the fender hole to seal out water. It appears that the grommet can only be removed out the top of the fender, but is still connected to the antenna mast. How can I disconnect it from the mast? If I can force the rubber grommet down through the hole I am home free, but I have not tried that as I do not want to damage anything before finding out for sure if that is the correct way to remove the assembly. It looks too big (diameter) to be easily forced down through the hole. Does the mast itself need to be disassembled in order to remove it?

  • gphopkins Jan 18, 2009

    From the online pictures I've seen of the new antenna it does come with the grommet on the mast. I will stop by our local Cadillac dealership and see if they can tell me how to do it. Thanks for your replys.

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If there is a slot in the "fender hole", it unscrews with a big screwdriver If not, check for a slide clip under fender where it goes through.

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  • Richard Scordino Jan 18, 2009

    Only other thing I can think of is that the tip of the mast may unscrew off the end, or the grommet is "split" on one side and can be put around the mast once it's off the car.. (I actually thought of this just as I hit the "send" button when I posted the last message. It must come apart or the new one would have the grommet on the mast.

  • Richard Scordino Jan 18, 2009

    OK if it's supposed to come on the mast, take a small hose clamp and put it around the end protruding from the top of the fender. Lube it with dish soap and crush it down till you can push it back through the fender. Likely you can then push it down over the mast and finish the job.

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