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Old 06-09-2008, 02:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How to change a broken antenna

Hi there,
I was wondering if you could tell me how to change this antenna. I did a search and didn't come up with anything for this particular situation. I have a 2006 Tacoma and the antenna snapped off (don't ask - long story). Anyway, my roommate tried to get it out with pliers and that didn't work. Then I tried to drill it out, but got nervous and stopped. How can I get this thing out so that I can replace it. You can check out pictures here, so that you can see what it looks like in its current state:

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Here is what I would do, I'd try a pair of needle nose vise grips and if that wouldn't work the only other thing I could think to do would be to pound something in there, a hex key comes to mind and then turn it out with that.


That could possibly damage something though, IDK.

Hopefully someone else will chime in.
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Old 06-09-2008, 02:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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take a needle nose vise grips, if that don't work get a flat head and tap it in with a hammer, you just need something for it to catch, make sure to use a thin head, i suspect you already have a hole in it.
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The nut is the chrome part with the notches. remove that and the unit will drop down. Remove the inner fender liner and grab the antenna unit. The antenna wire goes into the cab behind the dash and up to the radio. So you'll need to remove your glove box to access the wire.

You can buy an after market antenna or go to the dealer and get a replacement.
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The nut is the chrome part with the notches. remove that and the unit will drop down. Remove the inner fender liner and grab the antenna unit. The antenna wire goes into the cab behind the dash and up to the radio. So you'll need to remove your glove box to access the wire.

You can buy an after market antenna or go to the dealer and get a replacement.
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my antenna broke off below the threads;
you need to find an antenna wrench that will fit our trucks and then do what toku said. i didnt have to hassel with it because i sold the truck as is
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Then I tried to drill it out, but got nervous and stopped.
Do you really think that Toyota would make it that difficult to remove an antenna? And to use a drill! I could see you doing this on maybe a 79 B-210, but not a 2006 $25,000 truck!
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I'd tend to agree. Busting out the drill was excessive at best.
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The correct tool for this is a spanner wrench, or pin wrench.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...0070921x00003a

However, I doubt this one shown above will fit. Here's an adjustable one.

http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/arm34-151.html

Simple way to make one might be to use two big hex keys which will fit the slots, and point the long arms at each other, above the ring, then grab them with vise grips. Be careful not to scratch the truck in the process.

Cutting a pair of ears on the appropriate diameter piece of pipe might work also.

If your needle nose are too big to get into the slots, maybe a pair of snap ring pliers.

Good luck, this is one tool I don't own, but need for a different creature.
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My antenna snapped off lower than yours did in the car wash. I had nothing sticking above the chrome ring. I don't know why everyone is saying that drilling it out is the wrong idea. I drilled a small hole in the middle of the stud, and then used an extractor to unscrew what was left of the antenna base. I then just screwed a new antenna mast into the hole. Unscrewing the bolt and removing the whole antenna assembly from the fender is unnecessary and a lot more work than drilling the broken piece out (I should know, I've done it 3 times now...don't ask). I bet I could get that thing out in under 2 minutes.

FYI: The base part that unscrews through the fender is $60+ at the dealer. The mast itself is $44 is you get the Toyota replacement. I got 2 cheap replacements for under $20 each at Auto Zone but the reception sucked on them, so I just got the Toyota one, but the parts guy gave it to me for $32.

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The nut is the chrome part with the notches. remove that and the unit will drop down. Remove the inner fender liner and grab the antenna unit. The antenna wire goes into the cab behind the dash and up to the radio. So you'll need to remove your glove box to access the wire.

You can buy an after market antenna or go to the dealer and get a replacement.
My question is how do you remove that chrome part with the 4 notches? I tried to twist it with a small set of needle nose pliers, but it was being stubborn. I just wanna know if i need to try harder and force it or if it should come out fairly easily or what...

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Force it. It should unscrew. If you've got a wide enough flat-head screwdriver, you can put it down over the top so that the flat-head passes across both grooves on opposite sides. Then it should unscrew a lot easier. (Obviously, you may need to remove/cut/pound down the nub of antenna to use this approach)
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:47 PM   #12 (permalink)
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you need to drill it out.
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After breaking my antenna off I got a cheap CB antenna kit with the spring base I wanted from Wally World
Haven`t had one break off since

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After breaking my antenna off I got a cheap CB antenna kit with the spring base I wanted from Wally World
Haven`t had one break off since

That's a snazzy antenna.



And by snazzy I mean would never go on my truck in a million years. The spring I could live with, the smiley face on top is just disturbing.
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How can I get this thing out so that I can replace it. You can check out pictures here, so that you can see what it looks like in its current state:
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you need to find an antenna wrench that will fit our trucks and then do what toku said.
Indeed, the necessary specialty tool is the antenna wrench.

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After breaking my antenna off I got a cheap CB antenna kit with the spring base I wanted from Wally World
Can you further elaborate on how you accomplished this? Replacing a standard AM/FM antenna with a 3/8"-24 CB antenna (e.g. the Firestik FireFly FL Series) seems like it would or could be a popular aftermarket modification.

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