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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

    WildBoar [OP] Retired Navy Sub Bomber

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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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    Grey Wolf

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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

    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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    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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  15. Feb 6, 2019 at 4:07 PM
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    In keeping with the theme lazy is better...I just watched a genius at work. A local car wash broke off my antenna. Of course half of the stud was still threaded in the hole. I went back to the car wash manager who used two ‘dental picks’. I’ve seen similar picks at Princess Auto (similar to Harbor Freight). In less than two minutes he removed the broken stud out by simply turning the broken stud. He explained that Tundras are the easiest to do as they are not threaded in as tight as other manufacturers. Easy breezy.
     
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  16. Feb 13, 2019 at 4:19 AM
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    I just went through a broken antenna stud removal. I just bought my truck used, 2017 5.7L Tundra, and the antenna was already broken off.
    The easiest way to remove the stud is to do what most machinists / mechanics would do.
    I used a sharp spring load punch to center punch the broken surface of the stud. I then used a 7/64" Left Hand drill bit to back the stud out. See the attached picture. This took only about 5 minutes to do. If the stud would have been stuck, I could have drilled a deeper hole in the stud and then used an easy out to back out the stud. Amazon has these kinds of bits and easy outs for very little money.
    LH Drill.jpg
     
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