98 Prado electric Antena Problems

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 09:20
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Hi Guys,
My antena on my prado that operates from the car radio has died, it makes a terrible noise from the motor of the antena when you turn the car on and again when you turn it off , but doesn't go up or down.

l looked for a fuse to disconnect it, but there isn't one in either fuse box, and l dont want to pull the guard off .

What do l do to disconnect it, or do l need to buy a new one to fix the problem.


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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 09:51

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 09:51
The noise you can hear is most likely the clutch slipping, try helping it up & then check that the mast sections are not bent, usually if they are not kinked you can gently straighten them, then spray a little lubricant, WD40, Inox or similar, on to a cloth & wipe it over the mast.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 09:52

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 09:52

If it's already up, you could cut the electrical supply wire.

But seriously mate, you don't have many choices if you want good reception from your radio.

Either replace the electric aerial with another of the same type, or swap it over to a manual aerial. Of course installing a manual aerial introduces another scenario, where if it's let up, it may be damaged by overhanging trees or vandals.

At least with the electric type, it disappears out of harms way and can be adjusted to suit different height requirements.


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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 11:19

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 11:19
The other option of course is the coathanger antenna. Mine has worked so well for the last year that I'm reluctant to replace it.
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Reply By: age - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 10:48

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 10:48
Probably similar issue that happens with 80 series aerials with having a broken mast. You can buy part (new mast) separately and re-insert back into antenna base. Think it is a little tricky, but guard does not have to come off. Was decribed very well in a post about 6 months ago, so do a search
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 11:21

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 11:21
The plastic geared rod has broken and an is a vailable from Toyota as a replacement mast kit ($69.00 if I remember) and is quite tricky to fit. I have done about 6 of them for customers and my advice is to pay Toyota their $20.00 labour and let them do it. It requires removing the motor, pulling the broken bits out, refitting the motor and with 2 people feed the new one in by switching the radio on and then off. Watch you don't pinch your fingers.

Regards Derek.
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Reply By: disco driver - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 16:49

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 16:49
I wish I could get my work ute (Ford Courier diesel) to operate from the car radio!
It might have a bit more get up & go

Replace the entire unit with an aftermarket one, either manual or electric.
The Courier has a 1.5m (5ft) flexible fibreglass aerial and it works 100%, bends under garage & supermarket roofs too.
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Reply By: Jason - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 17:35

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 17:35
Thankyou to all for your responses.

Looks like my Toyota dealer has got another Job.

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