The problem is that the antenna motor is intermittent. Sometimes when you turn off the ignition the antenna will lower completely, sometimes not. If it hasn't lowered all the way, then sometimes a few minutes later when I've exited the car and its locked, I might hear the antenna motor energize and lower the antenna the rest of the way. Other times, the antenna will not fully retract no matter how much time has passed. Initially, when strange things started happening, I would hear the antenna motor energize, but the mast would only go part way up. Now, I'd like to remove the whole thing and give it a good inspection.
Attached are removal instructions for the power antenna in my 1997 GT Wagon which don't seem to match what I've found in my car. Maybe I've got the pdf for the wrong model/year.
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What I do have in the rear of my wagon underneath the trim are 2 screws (not just 1 that is pictured in the diagram) that are attached to the mechanism. Those 2 screws go through an L bracket and then into the mechanism. There is a third screw that attaches from the bottom of the L bracket, which is incredibly difficult to access, that also is attached to the mechanism. I was able to remove all 3 screws but things are still kind of tight in there. I can barely reach the electrical connector to unhook it. It's also difficult to see where the release catch is on that connector. Does anyone have any tips on how to remove the whole assembly? Do I need to remove the nut on the outside of the car that holds the mast in place?
Thanks for your reply.