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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Power antenna Mast replacement

Tools needed:

8mm socket bit
Pliers
flat blade screwdriver (or antenna nut removal tool)
phillips head screwdriver
silicone

Ford mast kit # F3AZ-18A886-A

EDIT: cost of kit approx. $38 with shipping

Time needed: under 1 hour

Begin work with radio OFF and mast down

1. Remove passenger side tire, and place vehicle on jack stand.

2. Remove fasteners on the back half of the wheel well liner

3. Remove nut on top of antenna (use skinny flat blade screwdriver/mallet or nut removal tool)

4. Remove bottom screw from antenna/motor assembly mounting bracket.

5. Remove antenna/motor assembly from fender.

6. Remove phillips head screw from bottom of cylindical mast housing (the bottom of the silver part) There is some silicone sealing this housing to motor assembly.

NOTE: Orientation of mast housing to motor assembly must be maintained when re-assembling.

7. Slide mast housing out from motor assembly.

8. Lay unit on top of rotor and have top of antenna facing out, with mounting bracket behind front rotor dust shield to hold it in place. Assembly should be laying horizontal.

9. Turn radio on, and pull out the white toothed cable from motor assembly. Leave radio ON

10. Remove antenna mast from mast housing. Clean inside of housing if necessary.

11. Take new mast with new white toothed cable, and place into mast housing.

12. Place white toothed cable into hole in motor housing with teeth facing power connector of antenna. Push white toothed cable in slightly till it is snug.

13. Turn radio OFF

14. As antenna mast lowers, get ready to slide antenna/mast housing back into place with correct orientation. When antenna is almost all the way down, slide it back down into motor assembly. Re-install phillips head screw.

15. Apply sealant to mast housing.

16. Re-install antenna assembly back into fender.





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Steve! You're the Man! Thanks for this informative post. I tip my wings to you!

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1. Remove passenger side tire, and place vehicle on jack stand.
Not to be a naysayer, but I guarantee you someone somewhere is going to take the tire off and let the car drop on the ground and then try and jack it up.

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Not to be a naysayer, but I guarantee you someone somewhere is going to take the tire off and let the car drop on the ground and then try and jack it up.

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"Semantics. Semantics.", said the Nitpicker to the Naysayer. Beware of Naysayers! They lead you into an esoteric world of ethereal mysticism....(yawn)

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You can make things idiot-proof only until a better idiot comes along....lol

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That would be me lol!

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where can i get the antenna from?? im not even sure if i need it becuase the motor still works but it jus doenst go down but i can hear the motor trying to bring it down but it gets stuck up tell i push it down..... u know what i can do or should i jus replace it?
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Sounds like your mast/gear strip has to be replaced.

Just order the mast kit that I posted above.

Buy it from Dan Newman. His info is at the top of the page.

Click on "Ford Parts HQ Dan Newman"

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good post steve.

I ordered the fix kit for mine. I broke it over the winter. I tried to start the car with the car cover on the front end of it, and snapped it clear off.

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Thought I'd add my input to the "work in progress". Always match your old antenna gear strip to the new one to ascertain they are both the same length. I bought the new one from Dan and followed the directions here only to find my antenna didn't work after installation. After taking everything apart I discovered this broken piece lodged in the motor assembly. Hey! It's all OK now. Back together and working fine.


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I had the same problem as well. Check the end of the cable to see that it doesnt look like it was broke off.

Also, as far as taking the tire off... it really doesn't need to be done. Turn your tires a hard right and you will have plenty of working room to get the liner pushed back and to gain access to the power antenna.
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Question removing the whole power antenna unit

According to the instructions supplied in the kit, it isn't necessary to remove the whole power antenna as a unit, but simply remove the mast through the top of the fender. Am I missing something here?

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what does the antenna nut removal look like??

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Question Got the nut off. . .

. . . using a pair of needelnose pliers, no big deal, except . . . there's another nut with two flat sides and the pliers won't take it off. Now what?

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bigiron,
just keep trying. it will eventually give. been there done that 3 times.

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Gotter done. Thanks all for the help. I did have to remove it through the wheel well. No big deal, just follow the instructions. Thanks again.

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Nice article but you do not have to take the tire off unless you have a broken mast cable or can not find help... or screwed it up...

Darn Ford always wants to do things the hard way like pull a mod engine from below and etc...

Here is a link of how to do it with two people... I have been posting it off and on for several years now... Well I get lazy so maybe two or three times... At least I finally put where it can be found...

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Thanks for the info. Time to install an auto antenna on my 95 after 11 years of not having one.

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