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Power antenna does not go all the way up, does not power retract

Antenna mast replaced, would not go up or down, could not manually put all the way down. Disassembled power unit and removed broken tail from previous antenna.
Now antenna goes partway up but does not retract. Can be pushed all the way down.

Suggestions for troubleshooting?

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  • n5bz Feb 01, 2009

    The motor stops at about the right time.
    More of a chattering noise.
    I did clean and lubricate.
    I don't remember the metal guide. I will have to check for it and try your solution.
    Thanks.


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Does the motor continue to run even though the mast doesn't retract? Is there a loud 'click - click - click" as it tries to retract and extend or more of a chattering noise? Did you clean and lubricate the spool into which the toothed belt goes when the antenna retracts? Use an all weather grease (white lithium). Did you clean the teeth on the gear that drives the belt? There is a small metal guide where the belt meets the drive gear, sometime this wears and allows the belt to slip on the gear. Pull the giude straight out, then rotate it 180 degress and reinstall.

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