Which way do the serrated edges face when you feed the line into the power antenna motor?
Back about a year ago the antenna of my 1995 Nissan Altima broke in half as I drove it through an automatic carwash, foolishly forgetting to turn off the radio (and foolishly taking it to an auto-wash when i probably do the washing better myself.
I've bought a replacement antenna, taken the old one out, but the serrated part that goes into the power antenna motor is what I'm having trouble with. I'm not sure if the serrated edges should be facing the front or back of the car.
It's a hassle trying to get the cable to snag, and I feel like I may be facing it thr wrong way, even though it won't take it no matter which way it goes.
The trial and error method is starting to worry me, and the antenna is a unviersal power antenna that I bought from Autozone.
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The starter motor on the Nissan Altima is located on the front of the engine and can be changed from the top of the engine compartment.
Here's a link for the process:
My sincere apologies for the delayed response. I am personally going back to answer your unanswered questions. I do not know if you still need this information, but I am going ahead and answering it anyway. You may want to Print the Diagrams for future use.
You could go to autozone or pepboys, they have a "Haynes" manual on the year, make and model of your car. In it, it shows step by step instructions with illustrations on how to remove the door panel and replace the window motor. This manual shows a complete how-to on your vehicle and retails for about 14.99.
Dear Kim: From your description, it sounds as though you have a problem with the window regulator and/or motor it self. Nissan and most other manufacturers have now gone "unfortunately" to a cheap design which seem to be very prone to failures. The regulators use a small cable which runs on nylon pulleys and guides. The only point in which the actual force of lift and lowering is applied, is at the center of the regulator and runs on one track. The most common failure is when the cable comes loose because of a pulley or guide failure. The second failure is with the teeth on the motor. The motor and the regulator are available separate. They are not difficult to replace and do not require any special tools. Good luck.....
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.