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Antenna will not go up or down,but the antenna motor will come on when the radio is on.When you turn the key the antenna motor will start,when you turn the key off the antenna motor will start again.

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Was it cold out when this happen and if so this is what happen the antenna is frozen and it striped the plastic strip that brings the antenna up and down and now have to replace the hole motor

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