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WHY is it SO COMPLICATED to replace a SIMPLE ANTENNA on my XLT?

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Old 05-08-2010, 05:57 PM   #1
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Angry WHY is it SO COMPLICATED to replace a SIMPLE ANTENNA on my XLT?

Why does Ford make the simplest thing SO DAMN COMPLICATED? Looking around this site, this seems to be a common occurence: Antenna breaks off in the car wash at the nub so you have to replace the entire mast and antenna. On ANY OTHER CAR, it's a quick fix. WHY is it so HARD with the Ford? You take off the black cap around the base, unscrew the star-shaped screws and the hex shaped screw around the base and you would THINK all you had to do at that point was to SIMPLY pull up the damn thing. NOT THE CASE!! After doing ALL OF THAT, the pole is STILL ATTACHED TO SOMETHING that you can't see how in the HELL to GET TO!! Does ANYBODY have a CLEAR and CONCISE way, WITH PICTURES on how to remove and replace a damn ANTENNA? This is RIDICULOUS!




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Old 05-08-2010, 06:00 PM   #2
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not you again...

give a 5 year old a dollar and he'll get it done with less complaints




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Old 05-08-2010, 06:03 PM   #3
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just checked it on my truck

pull up the plastic cover on the mast
you will see a hex on the bottom of the mast
unscrew the F****** mast
screw on the new mast
replace cover



you could probably use a used mast from the junkyard for $1




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Old 05-08-2010, 06:21 PM   #4
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just checked it on my truck

pull up the plastic cover on the mast
you will see a hex on the bottom of the mast
unscrew the F****** mast
screw on the new mast
replace cover



you could probably use a used mast from the junkyard for $1
What the F--K are you TALKING ABOUT? I pulled the trim off, unscrewed the star screws, unscrewed the hex and it's not coming off. If you don't have an answer, keep your stupid ass comments to yourself! Does anyone ELSE have a solution to this?




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Old 05-08-2010, 06:24 PM   #5
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Roll

I encourage no one to answer him till he becomes more civil

BTW I just took full photos of how to replace your antenna mast... you'll get them when you stop being an ass




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Old 05-08-2010, 06:52 PM   #6
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I just replaced mine and it is a powered type. It was so easy!

(I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night)
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:02 PM   #7
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if you think a explorer is complitcated...work at a shop...i deal with crap all day, yesterday i had to replace brake lines in a toyota it was a bitch routing them up the firewall and onto the junction...jap cars are small and your hands can never fit anywhere, i think explorers are easy to work on and have a lot of room...compared to some other cars...and...so just get it done and stop complaining




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Old 05-08-2010, 07:50 PM   #8
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one guy mentioned a power antenna and if thats the case, then it's your own fault for not saying so

here's how to fix a normal antenna (because I'm feeling generous, come back talking like an ass again and that might change)

pull up the plastic cover on the mast


you will see a hex on the bottom of the mast


unscrew the F****** mast




screw on the new mast


replace cover




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Old 05-08-2010, 07:58 PM   #9
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sometimes your just a big softy, Electrohacker
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I'm working on ignoring what angers me... and this kid just rubs me wrong




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I would have never guessed that.
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your stupid ass comments to yourself
you'll say that a guy that is trying to help you is mading stupid remarks? when you cant even figure out how to lift a tiny rubber piece and unscrew the base to take an antenna off?

i need to call the mental hospital and tell them to come pick up their runner. where are you at again?
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Electrohacker, you did not specify if the antenna mast is right or left hand threaded. Is it righty-tighty or lefty-tighty? Our guest here may be having some trouble with this particular step.




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I think the problem he is having is that the antenna broke off leaving the threaded portion of the antenna inside the base. As a result, he has to take the three torx screws out, remove the inner fender, and replace the base assembly. Inside you will find a screw holding the base to the firewall. It is a long brace that gives the antenna base rigidity. I don't remember exactly how the wiring works for the antenna but you may have to fold out the glovebox (open and pull sides inward then fold all the way down) and disconnect the antenna wire in that area.




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or he could drill into the threaded stump and use and extractor




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electrohacker, you did not specify if the antenna mast is right or left hand threaded. Is it righty-tighty or lefty-tighty? Our guest here may be having some trouble with this particular step.
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or he could drill into the threaded stump and use and extractor
good thought.......

or.......he could RAGE and post on an internet forum




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Old 05-08-2010, 10:32 PM   #18
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Wow. what a dickhead the OP is!




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did you read his other thread about replacing headlights? he was bitching about how he "HAD" to remove the battery...




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i sure did.





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