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Hello,

My antenna is broken, so I bought a new kit. It seems that the cable part of the kit goes all the way to the back panel of the radio. How do I replace this? Do I have to open the dash under the steering wheel to install the cable properly? I will appreciate your advice.

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If it is a 92-95 Paseo here is what you do. You pull out you radio. Disconnect the antenna cable. Pull of the bottom portion of the dash under the steering wheel. This is to give you a better view and access to the area. Pop off the plastic on the A pillar. That will expose the holes you are gonna need to push and pull the cable. Unscrew the two screws on the outside of the A pillar. Start to slowly pull out the old cable... or cut it and work it out that way. I suggest cutting the old cable and then slowly work the new one in with screwdrivers and hooh tools. A wire grab tool would help too. Good luck!
 

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Thank you! One more question...

Thank you,

Your advice is of great help to me. I also appreciate your quick answer. Mine is 93 Paseo. There is one more question, if you do not mind. When I pull off the bottom portion of the dash board under the steering wheel, shall I put the car key on the lock position to prevent an accidental engagement of the airbag?

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A Toyota dealer replaced mine since they bent a nice 45° in it.

The tech said to me that if he would run the cable in the stock spot, it would be like two hours since it runs over the cluster. If he would just run it along the bottom of the dash, 30 minutes, and just cut the old one. Since I did not want him touching my stereo at all, I told him to mount the antenna, and leave the cable on the driver floor. I ran it across the bottom of the dash myself. Works fine. I just cut the old one way up under the dash on both sides of the cluster.
 

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Thanks, again!

Hello,

I appreciate all of your advices. Looks like I am going to have a very interesting job to do during the Chrismas vacation.

Cheers,
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Hello - I bought a replacement antenna to complete my new stereo upgrade and to get rid of the rusty coathanger wire now serving as my antenna. My stereo install was a piece of cake, but now I'm stuck on the antenna.

The post above says to pop off the A pillar - how do you do that? If I just start pulling on the plastic, I'm afraid I'll mess it it up. It's a big piece - goes all the way from the dash to behind the top of the door. Do you use a screwdriver or something, and do you start going at it from inside or outside the car?

Also, is removing the A-pillar plastic really necessary? You can't just cut the antenna wire under the dash and pull it up and out from inside the pillar, then feed the new one down into it and it appears under the dash? Of course if it's actually easy to pop off the plastic, then I'll go for it.

Any help is appreciated!

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pulling hte plastic a piller off is easy...just pul up and out. really simple..i ran my sirius antenna through there
 

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i just replaced the antenna on my 92 paseo i unplugged my antenna lead from the back of my radio taped a piece of sturdy string to the end aproxx. 8 ft. long took the two screws out of the antenna mount and gently pulled the antenna lead wire out taped the new end to the string and reverse procedure hope this helps took me about 20 min.
 

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Hmmm. When I tried to pull out my antenna from outside of the A pillar, it simply got stuck and would not come out. I wonder what I did wrong.
 

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OK guys - I managed to change my antenna today! Here's what I did -

1) Loosened the stereo (popped up the front panel, took out the 4 screws). Unplugged the antenna.

2) Took off the lower dash panel - has 4 hex nut screws and 1 phillips. Then you can get under the dash to all the wires and stuff.

3) Started feeding the old antenna wire up under the dash working from right to left. On my car, it wraps around a horizontal thingy under there - just find it and pull a little here and there. It has a couple of clamps on it and some red tape - I removed the clamps which were making it get stuck (and the tape as well).

4) The antenna wire comes up on the lower left behind a plastic panel that partly covers the door sill - just pop off the plastic panel to get to it more easily. Then you'll see the bottom of the antenna sheath (the white covering) and the antenna wire.

5) I used electrical tape to connect a piece of rope to the end of the antenna sheath, and some string to the end of the antenna wire. Then assuming you've already unscrewed the antenna base you just start pulling and feeding the sheath and the wire up into the pillar. Everything came out OK.

6) Then I had a rope and a string sticking out of the antenna hole on top of the car, so I just attached the rope and string to the new antenna sheath and wire, and fed the new antenna down into the pillar while gently pulling on the string first to get the wire thru, and then the sheath. It all slid down just fine. One thing that seemed to help was extending the new antenna as far as you can so the sheath is more flexible.

7) Then I just screwed on the new antenna base and reversed all my steps and was done!

I hope this is helpful and thanks for the tips.

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I finally succeded in changing the antenna.

Hello,

Finally, I managed to replace my antenna. The condition and the location of my old antenna sheath and wire was just like Jneil described in his post.

When I removed the plastic panel on the lower left which partly convers the door sill, I found a protection material blocking the window. I removed the material and could see the antenna sheath inside the window and the antenna wire coming out, wrapping around another electric wire, and going up to inside the lower dash pannel. No wonder I got stuck in my first try!

It took three and half hours for me to replace the antenna. I was slow, since this was the first time I opened the lower dash panel and worked inside of it.

Many thanks to Jneil!
Lightblue (93 Paseo)
 
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