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'18 Platinum - Busted Antenna - Please Help :-)

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by superx421, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. Aug 12, 2018 at 6:38 PM
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    superx421

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    I own a 2018 Tundra Platinum (white). I went thru an automatic carwash today and proceeded to rip off the antenna...dammit haha. It snapped it off pretty clean but not flush, it's recessed down in there. Problem is I can't seem to get an EZ-out to work on that (bronze/brass) material which would allow me to un-thread the piece that's still in there and simply replace :-(. SO, my thought/question is this - can I somehow remove the wheel well lining and access the antenna that way? If so, can I then just un-plug a connection from there and replace a section of an entire assembly?

    Thanks for any tips/advice on how to proceed here.

    Lastly, YES my next mod is short stub antenna haha.
     
  2. Aug 12, 2018 at 6:43 PM
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    Larmand

    Larmand Im 100% correct, part of the time!

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    I cant help with your issue. I will advise though maybe posting a photo and someone with more knowledge can help further. Also, even with the 6.75" stubby antenna, i would still advise to remove before entering automatic car washes.
     
  3. Aug 12, 2018 at 6:56 PM
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    Good call on the photo...no attached.

    Well noted on removing even the stubby antenna before washing...probably not a bad idea.

     
  4. Aug 12, 2018 at 7:06 PM
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    Outbound American stuck in a Canadian body

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    Nah, she's dicked man. Better buy a new truck. :D

    Dunno if they'd fit but, have you tried needle nosed vice grips?
     
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    If you are good with air tools or a dremel try a small burr bit and remove some material to thing it down and then use a small pick and fold the edges in and away from the threads.

    Another option is to find a left hand twist drill bit the fits in there and slowly drive in reverse like an ez out.

    Good luck. :itllbuffout:
     
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    How 'bout a Dremel, thin metal cut-off wheel. Cut slots across from each other. Remove with a screwdriver.
     
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    I was in the car audio business years ago, changing an antenna is fairly simple. Just turn your wheel in and remove the fender liner. There should be a male/female connection inside the the wheel well area or its in the kick panel. Id remove it before trying to back out the broken piece, would suck to slip and gouge your fender.
     
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  8. Aug 13, 2018 at 12:50 PM
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    I have been told the plug is inside by the oh shi*t handle but maybe @Roman can help confirm I have the same problem and have not tackled it either.
     
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    I had the same thing happen to my stubby a few weeks ago. I’ve been trying to figure out how to fix it.
     
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    automatic carwash :smack:. You should try your local junkyard. you might find a 2014 or new tundra they all use the same part and hopefully :itllbuffout:
    Good luck.
     
  11. Aug 13, 2018 at 1:06 PM
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    The antenna holder is the green portion in the image. You would have to unbolt it and the wire to replace it.
     
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    I have a Tacoma, and I replaced the factory antenna with a stubby one after a drunk person bent the factory one in the parking lot at work (I barback at a night club). I always removed BOTH antennas before going through the car wash!
     
  13. Aug 13, 2018 at 3:23 PM
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    Wow...sounds like I've created quite the monster here haha. I was hoping someone would chime in saying simply unplug broken one behind fender well, buy a new one for $19.99, and plug-in haha.

    What's the trick to un-bolting/un-doing those plastic fasteners that hold on the wheel well liner?

    Thanks everyone!!!
     
  14. Aug 15, 2018 at 10:59 PM
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    If you still need help let me know.
    I have a parts tundra that I can “practice“ on :D
     

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