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Tacoma radio antenna

I just purchased a 2002 Tacoma Prerunner. The radio antenna (non powered) is broken off at the base. There is what I think is a chrome nut with 4 groves, inside this nut is what remains of the base in which the antenna screws into. It appears that somebody attempted to remove this piece without success, the threads appear to be messed up. How do I get this inner piece out to replace and install a new antenna?

Thanks,
Phil

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  • Garden Bug Aug 08, 2008

    I have a 2003 tacoma with the same problem, I was able to unscrew the crome nut but the sub of antenna left does not move. I purchased a new antenna from Toyota but doesn't appear to fit unless the center broken section comes out.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    I have the same problem an have yet to find a solution. I have not contacted a dealer yet because of the anticipated cost.

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Use an antenna wrench to remove the chrome nut (I found a wrench on JC Whitney's website). Once the nut's removed, do the following (copied from the factory service manual):

REMOVE ANTENNA ROD

(a) Turn the ignition switch to ”LOCK” position.
(b) Press the ”AM, FM” buttons on the radio receiver, and simultaneously
turn the ignition switch to ”ACC” position.
HINT:
�� The rod will extend fully and be released form the motor
antenna.
�� After removing the antenna rod, leave the ignition switch
on ”ACC” position.
NOTICE:
To prevent body damage when the antenna rod is released,
hold the rod while it comes out.
2. Auto Antenna Models:
INSTALL ANTENNA ROD
(a) Insert the cable of the rod until it reaches the bottom.
HINT:
�� When inserting the cable, the teeth on the cable must face
toward the rear of the vehicle.
�� Insert the antenna approx. 300 mm (11.8 in.).
(b) Wind the cable to retract the rod by turning the ignition
switch to ”LOCK” position.
HINT:
�� If the ignition switch is already in ”LOCK” position, do step
1 (c) first, then turn the ignition switch to ”ACC” position.
�� In case the cable is not wound, twist it, as shown in the
illustration.
�� Even if the rod has not retracted fully, install the antenna
nut and inspect the antenna rod operation. It will finally retract
fully.
(c) Inspect the antenna rod operation by pressing the radio
wave band select buttons.

You can buy a new power mast online (ex. Discount Toyota Parts) for about $30.

Posted on Apr 04, 2009

I have the same problem with my 2001 tacoma. the radio/stereo shops don't want to deal with it and and i'm sure the dealer will charge me a lot. HELP....

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