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Power antenna motor runs but mast stays up.

1999 Nissan pathfinder. power antenna motor runs but mast stays up. Plastic cable appears to be broken?. Can I just replace the plastic cable and mast, if so, how? Or do I have to purchase and replace the whole unit?
Price is around $160?

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Bruce

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