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Looks like my electric aerial has stopped working . The motor makes the sound as if it were trying to work when I switch on the radio as it used to when it was working. I tried to have a look at it by getting the trim off the side of the boot. But am not sure what to do. I tried to gently push the aerial in completely but for some reason about 5 inches of it sticks out. When I switch on the radio again it just stays there.

Any ideas on what I should do. Am I looking at a lot of expenditure here?

Any tips gratefully received.

Neel.

Edit to say the car is a 97 9000 CSE Anniv.
 

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You should be able to buy just a new mast. Ask either your dealer or your local car wireless specialist. I don't recall who makes the aerial, but if it's a decent one (e.g. Hirschmann), it's easy. Undo the nut that sits on top of the wing (around the aerial mast), turn on the radio and if needs be, give the mast a pull. The mast should then come all the way out. Refitting is the reverse of removal. Your local dealer/wireless specialist should do it for you in 5 minutes flat, should you not wish to.
 

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The motor has a friction clutch on it that slips when the load gets too high. This could be because the mast is dirty and /or bent.

Turn the radio on and (you probably need a helper) pull on the aerial to help it come up to its full height (you won't be quick enough to run round before it cuts out). Clean it, work it up and down and keep cleaning it. Look for kinks - you may be lucky and straighten some - of break the mast trying
If it gets better as you do this, you can either keep going or buy a new mast.

If it stays bad, you probably have some corrosion in the motor/clutch. Up to you then whether you replace whole unit or try and take it apart and clean it. Usual problem is that the drain at the bottom of the motor is blocked and the unit has been full of water at various times.
 
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