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How to install antenna on 1994 buick century. Mast broke off and took threads with it, do I seriously have to remove the rf fender to fix it?

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  • gcervante98 Jun 25, 2011

    I finally got around to taking the fender liner off. I realized that all I actually needed to do was to pry the chrome rectangular cover off the top of the fender; this exposed three screws that hold on the antenna base. After removing those I pulled the cable out a couple of inches and was able with pliers to then pull out the "L" shaped female end of the cable; I used vise grips to gently hold the cable so it wouldn't fall back inside the fender. I found a replacement base and antenna at a junk yard for $5.00. That saved me from having to reroute the cable back to the radio. I was planning to use a $13.00 new replacement generic antenna, but it wasn't quite right so I returned it. Thanks for your help anyway!

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Jack it up and take the tire off, look around the edges and i think you will see that there is a thick hard plastic fender liner which comes out after removing a whole bunch of snaps. so then you can see the base of the antenna. the real problem however is threading the wire from the new antenna inside and around all that stuff to the back of the radio. if you do not have a passenger side airbag will be a bit easier.

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  • gcervante98 May 23, 2011

    Wow, thanks for a quick response! No ps airbag. So to be clear, since the threads are broken where it connects to the base of the mast, I will have to replace the full cable, from the back of the radio to the fender well?

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