How do you repair a car antenna?

I was watching my kids play soccer in the driveway the other day, and a rogue penalty kick snapped my car’s antenna clean in half. I barely use my radio and all I know about the antenna is that it isn’t retractable, but I would still like to fix it. How do you repair a car antenna?

Answer
Wow, that must have been quite the kick, but I’m sure you’re relieved it was the antenna rather than a big dent in your car!
There are a few types of antennas, and some are more difficult to replace than others. Fortunately, it sounds like you have a fixed-mast antenna which is simple to replace.
To replace the antenna, you will need:
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Electrical tape
  • Replacement antenna (a universal kit or model specific replacement will work)
  • Cloth and cleaning solution
Once you have your supplies, the general process is to just unscrew the broken antenna, clean the area, and screw on the replacement antenna, using the kit’s included thread adapter if necessary. However, you should consult the replacement antenna’s instructions just to be safe.
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Nov 22, 2021
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