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Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:01 pm 
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The electric aerial in my EL Fairmont wagon gets power but the aerial itself doesn't go up or down. It's the original Factory Ford item so I'd like to keep it if possible but my question is, Can it be repaired?

Any chance something like this might fix it?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Antenna-Mast ... 1e67a6e17e

 

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Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:05 pm 
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it depends whats wrong with it? if the motor works but it dont go up or down the mast cord is probably striped? but you can get replacement masts for them..
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Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:07 pm 
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The motor works perfectly so I'm guessing like you said, The mast cord could be stripped. Is it an easy job to replace?

 

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Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:10 pm 
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yea, fairly easy.
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Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:12 pm 
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Cheers for the info....Might head down to Autobarn tomorrow and see what they have in the way of replacement bits :)

 

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Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:13 pm 
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And read the doco on here also.

 

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Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:22 pm 
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snap0964 wrote:
And read the doco on here also.


I looked at the tech docos here before posting the topic but I couldn't find anything regarding actual aerial repairs.

 

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Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:13 pm 
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Usually its just the cable is stripped, if you can hear the motor going. I've done a few. Did one the other day, the cable had completely snapped! Easy repair, I use that exact same Aerpro kit too. It only takes a few minutes to get the aerial out, and its all pretty straightforward.
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Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:56 pm 
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revcore wrote:
snap0964 wrote:
And read the doco on here also.

I looked at the tech docos here before posting the topic but I couldn't find anything regarding actual aerial repairs.
I suggest you search and read again.

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:20 am 
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snap0964 wrote:
revcore wrote:
snap0964 wrote:
And read the doco on here also.

I looked at the tech docos here before posting the topic but I couldn't find anything regarding actual aerial repairs.
I suggest you search and read again.


Okay then mate....Feel free to throw up a link to the relevant doco

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:32 pm 
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Go to the doco page, use 'find', look for 'antenna'.

I think the rest you can manage on your own . . . . .

 

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i beleive the doco is only how to intall a antanna, not how to repair one??
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Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:50 pm 
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TROYMAN wrote:
i beleive the doco is only how to intall a antanna, not how to repair one??


Exactly.

Dunno what snap has been reading but there is definately not a doco on repairing aerials :roll:

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:03 pm 
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It mentions taking it apart to lube the internals.
Sure it's no step by step guide, but it should be enough for someone that is confident with tools to know that they can open it up and, as long as they're careful, be able to put it back together.

 

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revcore wrote:
TROYMAN wrote:
i beleive the doco is only how to intall a antanna, not how to repair one??
Exactly. Dunno what snap has been reading but there is definately not a doco on repairing aerials :roll:
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The motor works perfectly so I'm guessing like you said, The mast cord could be stripped. Is it an easy job to replace?
From the doco:
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Testing your antenna unit before installing:
This is important as you don’t want to install your unit and find that it doesn’t work !! You’ll notice above that the ford unit has two wires to a plug, red & green – connect 12v to these wires, +ve to the red, -ve to the green, the antenna will extend, keep power on for a few seconds after the antenna has fully extended, to test operation of the motor slip – this stops the motor burning out. Reverse the polarity of the 12v power and ensure that the antenna retracts correctly, and check the motor slips again after full retraction. During retract/extend operations, the movement should be reasonably smooth and there shouldn’t be any excessive binding – binding puts extra load on the motor, and can burn it out over long term operation.
Q: How do you fit a replacement mast for a power antenna ?
A: Remove your antenna from the car. Undo the mast retaining grub screw. Partially remove the mast. Apply power to extend the antenna, remove the mast and cable. Remove power. Insert new mast while inserting actuating cable into the winder feeder. Apply power to retract the antenna, monitor actuator cable so its winding on the winder assy. Disconnect power. Install mast and refit grub screw. Apply power to retract and extend the antenna to seat and settle the cable. Install antenna in car.
Yep - I'm reading wrong . . . . . . :?:
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It mentions taking it apart to lube the internals.
Sure it's no step by step guide, but it should be enough for someone that is confident with tools to know that they can open it up and, as long as they're careful, be able to put it back together.
Agreed - there's more than enough info.

 

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