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Old 01-27-2006, 06:40 PM   #1
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broken antenna

So get this all. I was at my cousins house and an a painting company was doing some painting on the outside of the apartments. No big deal. I go with my cousin someplace and leave my car parked in front of the building. Later that afternoon her and I returned to the house with my wife aswell. I look over at my car and see, no you won't guess. no paint on the car. They actually covered the car with a cover, and really nice one at that. Totally cool. So we go in the house. come out a few hours later and we are getting ready to leave when I notice my shorty billet antena gone. At a closer inspection, I notice the entire metal post broken. the tarp was pulled agianst the antena and it broke. I'm a little pissed, not really pissed,just a little. Go to the dealer the next day for a quote on the fix. they tell me part plus laber. Cool, right. WRONG. 238.00 plus tax. Well screw this. I bought the piece for 8.88 plus tax to bring the total to 9.88 or some shit like that. I take the piece home and preceed to look into fixing on my own. I remove the plastic plate covering the sunroof motor and pull the dome light down to reveal a set screw holding the antena in place. get my star wrench set out and replace the mast in 6 Minutes flat. The dealer says it is a 2 to 2.5 hour install @ say around 90 bucks an hour plus taxes. This really burns my ass. I know that these dealers are there to make profit, Hell I owned a construction company back in michigan for years,we Did fire,wind, and water damage. I never beat or extorted people out of there hard earned money. FORD CAN KISS MY ASS> Freaking extortion I tell you.


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Old 01-27-2006, 08:21 PM   #2
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maybe the dealer was talking about, it would take his ill trained tech's 2-2.5hr's to do the job.
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Old 01-27-2006, 08:56 PM   #3
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thats the whole point. they said that the head liner would have to come down. At 90 an hour to complete, thats still to much. scew ford. I don't trust many of the ford dealers to do my frigin air filter. The head liner does not need to come down.....
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:23 AM   #4
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THIS JUST HAPPENED TO ME THIS MORNING!! I was brushing off the snow from my car and for some reason I got too close to the antenna and I snapped it off. Can you PLEASE give me some more info on how to replace the whole thing?

Apparantly the antenna wire passes through the passenger side of the car and then comes back into the radio unit. Maybe you can confirm this?!
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:31 AM   #5
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My billet shorty snapped off one winter, there was like 8" of snow on my roof and I was brushing it off, forgot about the metal shorty and snap it went. Oops. But then when I found out how cheap the base was I didn't feel as dumb, and then I made a shorty out of my stock antenna later.

Surg, you don't have to worry about the wire, if you just need to replace the base it's Very simple. I'll look up how to do it in a sec here, I think there's a how-to (maybe with pics) but it's Really really simple.

Medic, that was nice of the painting crew to cover your car, too bad about the shorty antenna. But holy crap, I can't believe the dealer would charge so much? Is it possible there was a misunderstanding in what you wanted done? Seriously, I did this in less than 10 minutes, and that included time to go find a tool that would loosen the screw. Take down the headliner, what kind of drugs are they on?!

Ok so the pics aren't awesome, but they give you a little clue. You pop the dome light off with a flat-head/butterknife, on the edge facing the windshield (you see a little niche for it), then the light hung with enough leeway to work up there, and I don't think you even need to remove the plastic bezel. Very straightforward, once you pop the domelight cover off you're golden.

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Thanks Amanda! My antenna snapped off basically right at the thickest part>> the very begining of the antenna. I've also read up before and after my post and it does seem like a very easy fix.

My biggest concern was the wiring but if you say it's not because you have experience than I can breathe a bit easier! I'm over taxed here in Canada and to go out an pay $250 on top of that I just finished being a student! Time to save up not spend on antennas!!!

I'd actually like to put a FUNCTIONAL shark fin antenna like the Audis, BMWs and BENZs have if it's possible.


P.S. The province of Quebec is the highest taxed province/(state) in North America!!!!!!!
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Surgeo1919 where are you at in Montreal, and sorry hi everyone,
This antenna thing just happened to me this week getting some snow of. Really these antennas are cheap stuff. Tried to fix it and guess what, now I'm in for a complete new kit 'cause I "slightly ruined it all". Well, have been looking to get other kit but they are rare as ....
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Cheers all, Paul.
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Old 01-28-2007, 01:41 PM   #8
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Hi Paul. I live in Kirkland (West Island). Where are you located?!!!

I never thought I'd see the day where this would happen to me! I usually stay away from the antenna but I also had no previous knowledge that they broke easily.

How did you mess up yours?
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same thing happened to me am onth ago. I made a thread on here on how to get the part off and boom like you said bout 6 minutes. I was quoted like 150 or something. $9.00 later and a total of 15 minutes of my time inclusing driving to the dealer and back.
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glad to hear you got it fixed and holy damn 240 bucks thats nuts!
id also love the shark fin on my car as well, i like them better then that big ole 4 foot pole
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