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    Power Antenna Care

    Is there any preventive maintenance you can do to make your power antenna last?

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    Re: Power Antenna Care

    The only thing I can think of is keep it clean and lubed. you can do this by wiping it periodically with a rag that has WD40 or some other high quality light oil.

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    Re: Power Antenna Care

    Oil will only make dirt stick to it and gunk it up. Use a little silicone spray. Other than that, there is nothing you can do. It is usually the cable inside that breakes. When it does, there is a kit to fix it.

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    Re: Power Antenna Care

    Yeah, don't take it to a full service car wash. They like to listen to the radio while it goes through the auto wash machine, resulting in a bent mast.
    Besides that, don't put anything on it, just wipe it clean with a dry cloth.
    That's what the manual says.
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    Re: Power Antenna Care

    IThanks for all the posts I thought you would lube it some way.????

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    Re: Power Antenna Care

    The mast is pretty loose fitting and does not need any lube. If you really want to lube anything, remove the cover on the motor where the cable winds. Pack some white lithium grease in the channel that coils the cable and around the gear teeth. DO NOT run the motor with the cover off or you'll wind up with a birds nest.

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    Re: Power Antenna Care

    YES to rangers post...

    Your goal here is to keep the mast CLEAN and DRY... The best way to do this is NOT to add ANY kind of lube to the mast. (BTW if you read your owners manual it says exactly this...)

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    The nylon line, like all plastics, gets more brittle in cold extremes... Limiting the use of your antenna over the coldest winter days/weeks will help it live longer...

    Unfortunately freezing rain is a quick death for these units. I had one where the rain froze to the mast... when I turned off the car... the ice "crunched" off of the mast as it retracted... The nylon bit broke the next day...

    I would like to recommend that you extend the antenna at the beginning of the winter, and unplug the unit... leaving it up all winter and then plugging the unit back in in spring... But honestly, these units are so easy and cheap to fix it is not worth the effort.

    If you search history on this site... you will note that questions about power antennas start in November and usually peter out by March... just a coincidence...Hmmm

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