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well the continuing adventures with my 1992 Sedan DeVille are becoming agravating. I replaced the tank, and had all the brakes done. Aperently the previous owners never touched them. The front calipers were rusted on, the rotors were severly under spec, as were the drums, rear cylinders blew out, and the pads and shoes were down to the metal. $800 to replace them all at midas. so now thats done. then all of a sudden my retractable antenna won't retract and the motor keeps running. I disconnected the battery then went in the trunk and pulled back the lining, then unpluged the cabled from the antenna. I spent an hour and a half taking the assembally off and taking apart the motor to figure out what happend, well I found the problem. I'm going to make this statement clear and concise, as I tried to with the dealer, the motor is FINE, all I need it the antenna. I'm sure most of you know how the antenna works, but I'll say anyway. There is a piece of plasitc rope that is hard enough to push the antenna up but flexable enough to wrap around a gear. This rope goes through the antenna and into the motor, then is connected to the inside of a hallowed out gear. The motor is attached to a screw which turns the gear. When the gear turns counter clockwise it winds up the rope and retracts the antenna untill it runs out of rope and the screw is pulled down and hits a switch. when it turns clockwise the revers happens. this piece of rope is all that broke, so all I need is the retractable antenna. As a temporary fix I have taken the motor off and wrapped tape around the end of the rope so it doesnt pull out. I left the rest of the assembally, so whenever I want to use it I manually pull it up. the radio works fine that way. Does anyone know how I could fix this or where I could get the antenna by itself? Thanks for your help (and reading this novel) in advance.
 

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I bought my antenna mast at the local Cadillac dealer...It was $36 and it arrived 4 days after I ordered it. :)
 

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I am not sure if they are still available but you used to be able to buy a kit to repair that.
It's called a "tape". It comes with the antenna mast tubes, the tip and the long tape that feeds down into the motor.
You have to disassemble the motor to install the tape, and it's kind of a pain, but it is doable if you can find the parts.
 

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The dealers are supposed to have a repair kit for something like $20 I am told. When mine broke I called every GM dealer in the area and none had it. Some didn't know a thing about it. If you can't locate the kit there, you can get it at http://www.antennamastsrus.com/ for $50. I think it is the exact same kit the dealer should have and even comes with instructions copied right out of the factory service manual. Works like a charm.
 

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try a local junk yard.. you might be able to find one there and just pop in the whole thing... (ebay also - but make sure it is not aftermarket)
I get them at the u pull it yards and they charge me 10 bucks a piece..and they usually will exchange it for you if it doesnt work. but it is easy to test since everything is easy to get to in the trunk.
usually if they are retracted in the junk yards chances are they will work... if you see them extended, they are probably broke.
 

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I have the EXACT same problem (with the antenna tape!), so if you wind up purchasing the part or kit to repair this problem, I'd sure appreciate you posting the contact information where you bought it ... and maybe even some "lessons learned" after you do the repair! I'll do the same if I get around to mine first.
Thanks,
Adam
 

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One lesson learned is follow the instruction to the tee. DO NOT operate the motor with the cover off after the nylon cables has been installed or you'll wind up with a birds nest.
 

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Try an AC Delco distributor.
I am not sure the dealers carry the tape kits anymore but they might still exist in AC Delco parts.
Many metro areas and even some out in the boonies have good AC Delco suppliers.
 

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WEll I can tell you this much, I have talked with several dealers, they want me to replace the whole assembally (motor, mast, copper tube) for prices that start at $120 and go up depending on dealer. I've had one tell me $130 + $60 for an hours labor to install it "professionally". I told him the heck with that, it would take me 15 minutes to put the dogon thing in myself! Thanks for your help so far, I'm checking AC Delco right now and my next try will be NAPA. I hope to stumble accross something soon. General question: is there a fail-safe on the antenna motor that woull prevent it from trying to extend when there is ice on it and its frozen in? I would hate for it to be stuck and have it try to extend and this happen again. (however, at least by then I'd know where to get the part.
 

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JACKPOT!! I think I found it! There is a site called www.oehq.com, they sell AC Delco parts and it looks like I found what I need. They have the mast by itself and the cable by itself. I figure I'll get both, since the cable is $8 and the mast is $19. The part number for the Mast is: 22154397 the number for the cable is: 25556295. Does anyone know if this is a reputable site before I go and buy the parts from them?
 

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Does anyone know if this is a reputable site before I go and buy the parts from them?
I never heard of them, but it would be wise to use a regular credit card (as opposed to a debit card). That way, if they give you the shaft, you can get the credit card company to help you. Consumer rights are vague and sometimes nonexistent if you use a debit card. FYI.
 

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I think I made somewhat of an idiot of myself, the second part number, I mistook that for a mast cable, its actually an extention cable for the radio. I'm pretty sure that this part number is it, any chance someone can confirm? 88891023 soooo still lookin... and thanks for the credit card
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Just tell the dealer you need the mast cable repair kit. It comes with the cable and the very upper end of the the mast. Ranger is right, do not operate the motor with the cover off or you will have a birds nest, HAHA thats funny. Anyhow they range from 30-40 dollars depending on dealer mark-up. If anyone has problems let me know Ill cal and get the part number. Some parts people I have found out do not want to help you.

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well the continuing adventures with my 1992 Sedan DeVille are becoming agravating. I replaced the tank, and had all the brakes done. Aperently the previous owners never touched them. The front calipers were rusted on, the rotors were severly under spec, as were the drums, rear cylinders blew out, and the pads and shoes were down to the metal. $800 to replace them all at midas. so now thats done. then all of a sudden my retractable antenna won't retract and the motor keeps running. I disconnected the battery then went in the trunk and pulled back the lining, then unpluged the cabled from the antenna. I spent an hour and a half taking the assembally off and taking apart the motor to figure out what happend, well I found the problem. I'm going to make this statement clear and concise, as I tried to with the dealer, the motor is FINE, all I need it the antenna. I'm sure most of you know how the antenna works, but I'll say anyway. There is a piece of plasitc rope that is hard enough to push the antenna up but flexable enough to wrap around a gear. This rope goes through the antenna and into the motor, then is connected to the inside of a hallowed out gear. The motor is attached to a screw which turns the gear. When the gear turns counter clockwise it winds up the rope and retracts the antenna untill it runs out of rope and the screw is pulled down and hits a switch. when it turns clockwise the revers happens. this piece of rope is all that broke, so all I need is the retractable antenna. As a temporary fix I have taken the motor off and wrapped tape around the end of the rope so it doesnt pull out. I left the rest of the assembally, so whenever I want to use it I manually pull it up. the radio works fine that way. Does anyone know how I could fix this or where I could get the antenna by itself? Thanks for your help (and reading this novel) in advance.

You just need to buy the cable, drill ot the rivets, and after rewinding the cable, put plain old nuts and bolts on it. I have done a half dozen of them. If you thimk you are being abused by Delco, let me tell you, the same thing went wrong on the wife's 1996 Lexus Es 300, and it cost $71.00 for the same stinking part.
 
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