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ACCORD ANTENNA MAST INSTRUCTIONS
Before installing your new mast, compare the old mast with the new one. They need to be identical in every way. If they are different, you may have an after market power unit. Also it is very important that you NEVER cut the white cable on the new mast at any time.
As someone turns the radio on and as
the mast begins or tries to come up,... grab hold of it and pull out the
old mast... Make sure that the short outer grounding/retaining sleeve ( as what is on the outer NEW antenna
mast ) has come out with the old mast, this is very important, as this
is what holds the antenna mast in when the nut is fastened..... If the old
mast and grounding/retaining ring are out then proceed with step 4.
If not proceed with step 3.
If at this time you canít pull the
mast out and it seems to be stuck, more than likely the
grounding/retaining sleeve is corroded to the top of the antenna tube.
What one needs to do at this point is inject an aggressive penetrating oil
(kriol oil works great or
equivalent) between the outer mast section and the brass threaded tip of the
power unit. Let it work overnight and then try to pull it out again. If this
doesnít work, then you need to take the complete power unit out of the car
and put the tip of the power unit in a jar of aggressive penetrating fluid
overnight. The next day reinstall the power unit back into the car and
proceed with step 2. If at this time the old mast comes out proceed with
Compare the old mast with the new one, the length of
the white teethed cable MUST be the same length of the one you took out of
your power unit ( DO
NOT CUT THE NEW MAST CABLE ).... If the cable is not the same length,
then you probably have a broken piece left in your power unit.... If the cable
is shorter proceed with step 5.... If the over all length of the stainless
portion of the mast and diameter are the same along with the white cable
length continue with step 6.
There are occasions where the antenna
cable breaks off in the power unit and will not allow the replacement mast
to be pulled in all the way. In this event you will have to remove the
power antenna assembly from the car and disassemble the drum assembly and
manually remove the broken portion! Once the cable is out, clean the
grease off of the drum assembly before you reassemble the power unit. Once
this is done, use a light grease or white grease on the drum assembly,
then reinstall the power unit in the car and proceed with step 6.
Insert the new mast cable into the top of the power antenna tube with the teeth facing the REAR of the car, which the old one came out,.. then have someone turn the radio off,.. as the power unit begins to pull the new mast in, guide the new antenna into the power unit, as it pulls the mast down into the power unit, it may on the first try not pull the mast all the way down, donít worry, install the outer nut and turn the radio on and off a few times as this will center the new antenna mast. then, "Voila! The mast is installed."
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