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Interior equipment auto parts: Aerial / Antenne

How to detect the antenna failure

You will need a tester to check the part performance. You should switch it into resistance mode, and then connect the gauge probes to the antenna center wire lead and to the ground. If the wiring is faultless and there is no short circuit, the tester should not respond to the actions performed.

Then check the wire integrity from the antenna to the receiver. For this, connect one probe to the central wire lead of the car antenna, and the second one to the plug that is inserted into the receiver. If the component is working properly, the tester must show a minimum resistance.

For more comprehensive examination you will need special equipment and professional assistance.

You may identify that the car antenna requires to be diagnosed by the following symptoms:

  • the reception range of radio waves has decreased;
  • the quality of speech from the radio has deteriorated;
  • when the antenna is raised, a noise is heard (relevant for retractable antennas);
  • the part drive mechanism does not operate when the radio is switched on.

Causes of the antenna failure

Most car antenna malfunctions result from the adverse environmental impact. Dirt and moisture, getting inside the part housing, cause oxidation of its contacts.  The insulation layer of the wires may be impaired due to a temperature drop or mechanical damage, which may result in a short circuit.

The accumulated contamination is especially hazardous for retractable antennas. Particles of dirt, mixing with lubricant, increase the abrasive wear of the gear motor components. Eventually  this results in slippage of the gear or jamming of the toothed wire.

The car antenna rod mostly breaks due to mechanical damage, for instance, if you touch it by accident in the cold season when trying to clean the vehicle roof from snow.

Active car antennas mounted on the windshield typically need to be repaired if the recommendations for their installation have been neglected: the part is poorly secured on a dirty, wet or cold glass.

Repair of the car antenna

Repair of passive whip car antennas typically involves cleaning the contacts and connectors, restoring the wiring integrity or replacing the wires.

A repair kit helps to restore the performance of telescopic antennas. As a rule, it includes components most subject to wear and damage: the toothed wire and the antenna rod.

In active car antennas you can replace the cables, which are available as part of repair kits.

Replacement of the car antenna

Generally, the installation of a new part does not cause any difficulties. The procedure for DIY replacement depends on the part location, its type and design. So, before proceeding with installation, specify the sequence of steps in your car technical documents, and also carefully study the recommendations of the part manufacturer.

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