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Broken Antenna Stud Removal Solution

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by WildBoar, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Nov 10, 2018 at 1:03 PM
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    WildBoar

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    First off, I believe lazy people make the best inventors.

    And I am most definitely LAZY!! So...

    As I have read on a few posts here, I too got stupid and forgot to remove my OEM radio antenna before driving through the car wash. Yep... broke it off about 1/4" below the mount. Searched here for a fix and found a few posts illustrating how to access the mount from under the fender by removing a LOT of parts. Average repair time: 2 hrs.

    Decided there had to be an easier way. The following took 15 min. and I didn't have to pull ANY parts.

    TOOLS REQUIRED: 3/32 (.09375) drill bit
    1/16 (.0625) drill bit
    Cordless drill with a small enough chuck to hold the above bits
    Canned Air (as used to clean computer components)
    Super Glue

    PROCEDURE: Using the 3/32 bit, carefully drill a 1/4" deep hole in the center of the stud.
    Use canned air to blow debris out of the hole.
    Place a TINY drop of Super Glue on the tip of the 1/16 bit.

    CAUTION: Using too much glue could result in it getting on the threads... GAME OVER

    Insert the glued end of the 1/16 bit into the stud & wait for it to cure.
    If the stud is fairly loose (mine was) you should be able to simply twist it out by hand. If not, use pliers.

    Now I just have to find a new, reasonably priced, OEM stick somewhere.

    Hope this helps. Let me know!
     
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  2. Nov 10, 2018 at 2:16 PM
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  3. Nov 10, 2018 at 3:17 PM
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    True genius!
     
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  4. Nov 10, 2018 at 4:01 PM
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    Thank you kindly gentlemen!:cheers:
     
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  5. Dec 21, 2018 at 4:30 PM
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    JC303 Same same but different

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    I’m trying this as I type. Thanks for the idea.
     
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  6. Dec 21, 2018 at 4:35 PM
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    Thank you! Been trying to figure this out, I broke mine off.
     
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  7. Dec 21, 2018 at 4:37 PM
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    Hero of the day!
     
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  8. Dec 21, 2018 at 4:49 PM
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    Good luck Gents! Let me know how you fare.
     
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  9. Dec 21, 2018 at 5:52 PM
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    Great invention. Thanks
     
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  10. Jan 1, 2019 at 1:49 PM
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    JC303 Same same but different

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    I tried your method above but failed. User error. I would recommend more patience and less beer. I just bought the $40 part and replaced it.
     
  11. Jan 1, 2019 at 2:15 PM
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    Do the OEM antenna's just pull off if you need to remove? Sorry never tried, typically go to touchless car washes.
     
  12. Jan 1, 2019 at 2:42 PM
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    15whtrd I tried being reasonable, but I didn't like it.

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    Unscrew. Mine is just hand tight. You may need to use a wrench just to break it loose.
     
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  13. Jan 1, 2019 at 4:55 PM
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    :cheers: Surely thee jests? My work always looks a lot better after a few suds!
     
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  14. Jan 1, 2019 at 5:26 PM
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    Thanks for the quick tip!
     
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