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#1 Old 06-14-2006, 06:56 PM
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Canada 1995 Camry power antenna

Hey and thanks for any help,

My 1995 Camry power antenna will not go up or down since last winter.
It makes noises like it's trying but it doesn't move.
I can move it up and down but it requires a lot of force..not good

Any instructions on how to change it out? if I get a part from the wreckers...

Thanks..Folken
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You most likely just need a new antenna MAST. Many Auto parts stores sell universal ones, and you do not even need to take the motor out to change it. A lot of the time, the plastic rod inside will break. It's a VERY common thing.

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Here in the states, Pep Boys sells an exact replacement mast for $12. To replace it you unscrew the bezel (the one with the 2 slots) on top of the right rear fender. A needle nose pliers or a retaining ring pliers works well. Then have someone turn the radio on and the antenna will come all the way out (you may have to pull yours out a bit) in to your hands. Notice which way the teeth on the pigtail go. Now feed the new mast in with the teeth on the pigtail facing the same way and have someone turn off the radio. The new mast will be pulled right in to the unit. Now just screw the bezel back down and you are done.

By the way, the procedure should be in the generation 4 manual stickied at the top of this forum.

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Here in the states, Pep Boys sells an exact replacement mast for $12. To replace it you unscrew the bezel (the one with the 2 slots) on top of the right rear fender. A needle nose pliers or a retaining ring pliers works well. Then have someone turn the radio on and the antenna will come all the way out (you may have to pull yours out a bit) in to your hands. Notice which way the teeth on the pigtail go. Now feed the new mast in with the teeth on the pigtail facing the same way and have someone turn off the radio. The new mast will be pulled right in to the unit. Now just screw the bezel back down and you are done.

By the way, the procedure should be in the generation 4 manual stickied at the top of this forum.

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Thanks as usual MG you are the man.............Folken
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Hey and thanks for any help,

My 1995 Camry power antenna will not go up or down since last winter.
It makes noises like it's trying but it doesn't move.
I can move it up and down but it requires a lot of force..not good

Any instructions on how to change it out? if I get a part from the wreckers...

Thanks..Folken
Where does it make noises at? My 96 Camry stock head unit used to make noises for a couple of minutes after I start up the car. Afterward I find out it was because the head unit was trying to extend the antenna but wasn't able to do it due to broken antenna motor.

Hopefully your is just a broken mast and not the motor.

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Where does it make noises at? My 96 Camry stock head unit used to make noises for a couple of minutes after I start up the car. Afterward I find out it was because the head unit was trying to extend the antenna but wasn't able to do it due to broken antenna motor.

Hopefully your is just a broken mast and not the motor.
The noise is from the antenna motor. I am going to try the mast.....Thanks Folken
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Folken,

I meant generation 3 manual stickied at the top of this forum.

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Antenna installation problems

I got my antenna and mast on ebay. It seems that the mast is too long.

When I took the old antenna out, there was NO MAST....where is it, where could it be? I kind of hand fed the mast into and it caught on the first try but it doesnt take the antenna all the way down there is about 16" of slack on the mast. I am outside now trying to figure this out. I will continue messing around with it until dark.


Any insight is appreciated.

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Here in the states, Pep Boys sells an exact replacement mast for $12. To replace it you unscrew the bezel (the one with the 2 slots) on top of the right rear fender. A needle nose pliers or a retaining ring pliers works well. Then have someone turn the radio on and the antenna will come all the way out (you may have to pull yours out a bit) in to your hands. Notice which way the teeth on the pigtail go. Now feed the new mast in with the teeth on the pigtail facing the same way and have someone turn off the radio. The new mast will be pulled right in to the unit. Now just screw the bezel back down and you are done.

By the way, the procedure should be in the generation 4 manual stickied at the top of this forum.

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I got my antenna and mast on ebay. It seems that the mast is too long.

When I took the old antenna out, there was NO MAST....where is it, where could it be? I kind of hand fed the mast into and it caught on the first try but it doesnt take the antenna all the way down there is about 16" of slack on the mast. I am outside now trying to figure this out. I will continue messing around with it until dark.


Any insight is appreciated.

Thanks,

Stockmover
I think you mean there is no nylon pigtail. It must have broken off from the mast itself (what the metal portion is called) and has to be stuck inside the housing along with the motor itself. You will have to remove the whole assembly and dissasemble it to remove the old nylon pigtail. Hopefully, you will then be able to get the assembly back together properly.

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Mike,

Thanks for the swift reply. Unfortunately, moments ago the entire mylon pigtail broke. I was trying to force it into the antenna base (in the trunk) and it snapped. Money wasted for now but I will have to fool with it later on. I would like to get it in the down position at least and disconnect the power for now until I decide what I want.

I will visit the junkyard and see if they have an antenna with the power motor included. I will keep you posted.


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I think you mean there is no nylon pigtail. It must have broken off from the mast itself (what the metal portion is called) and has to be stuck inside the housing along with the motor itself. You will have to remove the whole assembly and dissasemble it to remove the old nylon pigtail. Hopefully, you will then be able to get the assembly back together properly.

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If u find an antenna and motor that still works in a Junk Yard, ur one lucky dude!!

I've dealt with this same scenario! I replaced the mast and cable on the 96, it'd work for a couple of months, and BAM..break again!...I 'd remove and disassembled the motor,(again) pull out the broken mast, get it working, (having the wife turning the radio on and off over and over)....6 months later...same shit again!!

I'm a big dude and getting in the trunk was hell on the back, so S2K conversion for me.
I was lucky enough to find one for sale here on the site (thanks Damon) and when I bought the 94 with a busted antenna it was a no brainer, that it would get the same!

http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t65507.html

^^Link to an excellent DIY on how to do it with Part #'s. I bought the antenna on Ebay and the Celica parts at the dealer. Cost about 100 bucks, but well worth it IMO. Looks better and doesn't break!

BTW...this thread is 2 yrs old..thanks for searching!


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Just got back from the yard. Found a motor that works. ($14) It was the last one, many were taken already. Its a pick and pull yard.

I was outside tinkering with it again and the more I realized its nonsense. I would rather just get the S2000 even though I did not want a stubby antenna. There are too many variables with this one.
Thanks for your insight, I will keep you posted and probably take pictures once I get the s2000 installed.


Have a good one,

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If u find an antenna and motor that still works in a Junk Yard, ur one lucky dude!!

I've dealt with this same scenario! I replaced the mast and cable on the 96, it'd work for a couple of months, and BAM..break again!...I 'd remove and disassembled the motor,(again) pull out the broken mast, get it working, (having the wife turning the radio on and off over and over)....6 months later...same shit again!!

I'm a big dude and getting in the trunk was hell on the back, so S2K conversion for me.
I was lucky enough to find one for sale here on the site (thanks Damon) and when I bought the 94 with a busted antenna it was a no brainer, that it would get the same!

http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t65507.html

^^Link to an excellent DIY on how to do it with Part #'s. I bought the antenna on Ebay and the Celica parts at the dealer. Cost about 100 bucks, but well worth it IMO. Looks better and doesn't break!

BTW...this thread is 2 yrs old..thanks for searching!


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I hope that no one minds me tagging on a question to this because its simple and doesnt really deserve a new thread, and its about this topic. I have noticed that many people have gone and converted the antanna to an s2000 antanna. Is there something for the gen 3 camry that eliminated the motor like the s2000, or is the convertions the only way to go to avoid replacing that mast/motor and parts?
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I hope that no one minds me tagging on a question to this because its simple and doesnt really deserve a new thread, and its about this topic. I have noticed that many people have gone and converted the antanna to an s2000 antanna. Is there something for the gen 3 camry that eliminated the motor like the s2000, or is the convertions the only way to go to avoid replacing that mast/motor and parts?

I bought an antenna from AntennaX.com..here's a pic!....about 20 bucks, but I didn't really like the "look".... it worked!



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