There are four black fasteners visible on the inside. So next time you're having trouble with your radio antenna mast staying in the up position, and hearing the motor operate properly, save yourself some money and replace the antenna mast. Then as the colder weather set in it jammed not a big issue as that happens to many telescoping antennas. Also, don't throw away the old mast and cable before you get the new one. Reinstall the rear compartment deck by reattaching the hinges with the 12mm bolts, and pop back the fasteners on the hinged trim piece.
You will need a pair of needle-nosed pliers, a long-handled medium flat screwdriver, a small flat screwdriver, a Phillips crosshead screwdriver, a 10mm spanner and a 12mm spanner. Do not be tempted to replace all the panels just yet. I'm having the same problem of my antenna not retracting. Carefully push the carpeted side panel back into its correct position, replace the wheel arch top plate and pop in the single brown fastener on the front side of the wheel arch. I hear the motor running, but the antenna doesn't go down. If you have inserted it far enough, and it is facing in the right direction, the mechanism will take hold of the end of the rack and draw it entirely into a tight coil in the circular cup inside the motor. Hello, After completing this repair, we notice it is very noisy going down, particulary the last 6 inches.
If at this time the old mast comes out proceed with step 4. You may get away with replacing the antenna by unscrewing the chromium-plated nut that secures it on the outside. For vehicle owners with style demands Lexus automobiles afford superior styling and quality engineering. Save yourself the trouble - buy a higher quality mast replacement. When the antenna fully retracts, it interferes with the mechanism and makes the noise. So far nothing was worked.
While replacing the motor is not that difficult in itself, the tear down of the cargo area and reassembly was not something I was looking forward to again as it is time consuming and just a pain. There are two black pop fasteners at the bottom, and a couple more hidden ones at the top. First you will need to Remove the interior panel. If Both masts are physically the same along with the white cable length continue with step 6. Once you have it off, you can pull the antenna straight up.
Thanks for the thorough step by step directions. Of course not as detailed as yours, then again, these may be the most detailed instructions ever posted here. If you dont hear the motor it may be that the motor has died. Remove the tool tray and covers. If it is broken off, read on… Remove the external plastic trim piece that was held down by the antenna nut. Carefully slide the motor back to its correct location and loosely reattach the two 10mm nuts.
Or when that traveling salesman has to cover thousands of rural miles of rural byways, music can be the only companion in a long, lonely journey. A big painful job, but not really all that difficult. I was thinking I would have to remove the inside panel and do some extensive work to replace it, no. Since I drive a 2001 vehicle and I always have to leave it for days for parts to arrive. Similarly pry out the fasteners that hold the right-hand black storage bin. Take your new antenna and fully uncoil the rack, making sure you remove all the twist ties it came with from the factory. It eventually retracted completely when the radio was turned off.
Its a bit of a tedious process and it does require removing a few panels so keep track of where everything went. If your take professional antenna replacement service, then add the local labor cost, applicable taxes, and fees to the above part cost to get the final service estimate. I didn't do that and ran into problems with my first replacement ordered off ebay - turned out it was not compatible with my 2001. You now have enough fasteners removed to pull out the carpeted panel far enough for you to be able to reach the antenna motor easily. The motor keep cranking, but the mast will not rise and fall. I found this item on Amazon and after reading the reviews I gave it a shot, all the while thinking that if it doesn't work I've lost 20 bucks and I'll move on. When installing the new antenna, you will need to insert it correctly relative to where these teeth are.
Replace the storage can, reinstall the motor cover and screws, and the support bracket, together with the ground wire. My antenna had been bent for a while, but it was still funcitioning for the most part. Good Luck paste If your antenna has stopped extending and retracting, its possible the nylon cable that drives it has broken. My experiene has been that its usually the cable that fails. The motor will start the mechanism to retract the antenna.