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Antenna will not retract.

I've a 99 4runner Limited. Turned off the radio yesterday and the antenna would not retract as usual. It does make a humming sound as if it is trying to retract but opnly goes 1/3 the way down. Could it be the antenna's motor or fuse? Thanks guys.

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  • morris1146 Apr 14, 2009

    I'm not too sure which is the motor. Not very good at auto mechanics. Can't a used part suffice or should it be new? Thanks for your help, iawcs2006.

  • morris1146 Apr 18, 2009

    Thanks fellas for all your help. I did according to instructions and completed the job in nothing flat! Great advice!

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The most likely cause is your antennae mast is broken or has stripped its teeth. The mast is sold separately and contains the snake-like gear. The motor must be removed through the right inner fender well. You may have to open up the gear in the motor to get out the broken piece of the snake-like gear,

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

  • Boyd Savella Apr 15, 2009

    The part that sticks out of the top of the fender is part of the motor. The repair is pretty hard and if you are not careful you could damage the paint surrounding the antenna. If you can find a known good used motor you could just swap it out. But try pricing the antenna mast at a Toyota dealer, It may be the more economical route to take.

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