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post #1 of 11 Old 08-06-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Aerial jammed solid - advice?

I want to change the standard aerial antenna for a short one so I don't need to remove it every time I use a carwash, but the bloody thing is stuck solid.

I've tried pliers (carefully, so as not to risk scratching the paintwork), WD40 & brute force, but nothing - any advice as to next attempt without resorting to my local garage?
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-06-2012, 03:56 PM
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several cycles or warm & cool with hot air gun together with the WD40 might get down the threads a little to give a start




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Thanks for the response Richard, that could work.

All I need to do now is find out if one of our friends has a hot air gun...
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there was recent post about cost of whole new aerial so perhaps a cheap H/A gun? ~out of site after so as not to get out of any decorating




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Resorted to the garage in the end, who struggled & removed the wretched thing & didn't charge me a penny

Now - I want to replace it with one I can happily use on a car wash; I've seen a fair few on the market (Amazon/Ebay etc) but with various reviews - you can get them as small as 3" it appears (as with so much in life) - do you get any falloff in reception with these?
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-26-2012, 02:11 PM
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Jim, I've just got a new C-Max, and my aerial catches the bracing struts of my up-and-over garage door, so I too am wondering about a shorter alternative. There's also concern about poorer performance, too. Is your aerial at the top rear of your car, too, please?
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Hi GeoW - mines at the front centre of the roof; the shorter ones are only a couple of quid, so I may get myself one & see if I still get decent reception.
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I'm waiting with interest to see how you get on, Jim. At the moment I'm using a length of coated garden wire, hooked round the wiper, to hold the aerial down until the car's out of the garage. Mind you, there's the guarantee to think about - is this a modification? Will check with the dealer.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-28-2012, 09:04 PM
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If the reception is weak with your short aerial then you fit a booster for a few quid.
My advice is to find a model with a short as standard and use it opposed to a rip speed one or eBay special.

Look for hot hatches like a civic type r as they use short ones.
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I'm waiting with interest to see how you get on, Jim. At the moment I'm using a length of coated garden wire, hooked round the wiper, to hold the aerial down until the car's out of the garage. Mind you, there's the guarantee to think about - is this a modification? Will check with the dealer.
Nothing quite so high tech for me, I use one of my mum's old handbags on the roof to keep it down until out of the garage; never driven away with it still there yet, but only a matter of time...
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