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1994 MB E320 Power antenna slightly corroded believed to have caused too much resistance and burned out the motor (cannot hear motor trying to work upon turning the radio on/off like it should). How can you remove the antenna, or possibly manually put it in the closed position for the sake of going through a carwash. I really dont need an antenna.

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Just push it down or take a 13 mm. wrench and pull the mast out of the motoer and cut the plastic strip off the mast and reinstall it but first I would check the fuse for the motor.

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i forgot to mention... no I dont believe i hear anything. the one noise that i hear occasionally is a very short "bshhhh" roughly < or = 1second. I bought the car from someone who took wonderful care of it however i dont believe the antenna was used a lot. It was slightly corroded or whatever which certainly could have caused it to draw too much power to the motor resulting in the motor burning out.

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