Continental 2000-2002

Antenna

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Power Antenna



Removal & Installation
  1. Lower the antenna and remove the luggage compartment trim panel.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the lead-in cable from the antenna and ground strap.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the antenna motor wires at the connectors and disconnect the control box connectors.
  6.  
  7. Remove the top mounting nut and stanchion assembly.
  8.  
  9. Remove the two nuts retaining the antenna bracket assembly to the quarter panel.
  10.  
  11. Remove the antenna assembly from the vehicle.
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Fig. Some antennas require a special socket to remove the locknut



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Fig. Once its loose the nut can be removed by hand. Sometimes it can be twisted off with a needle nose pliers, but that usually ruins the tool



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Fig. The antenna mounts in the luggage compartment against the support member



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Fig. The motor and housing sit on a stand that is bolted to the support member



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Fig. Unplug the antenna lead from the staff tube



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Fig. Unplug the connector to the motor



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Fig. Unplug the connector to the relay



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Fig. Its easier to remove the antennae from the support to gain access to the ground strap screws

To install:


NOTE
Correct sequencing for installation is important to prevent water leakage or dimpling of the quarter panel

  1. Connect the antenna cable, power connector and control box connector.
  2.  
  3. Insert the antenna mast through the quarter panel hole and position bracket on mounting studs in the luggage compartment.
  4.  
  5. Install the stanchion assembly.
  6.  
  7. Loosely install the two bracket retaining nuts.
  8.  
  9. Install the top-mounting nut.
  10.  
  11. Tighten the bracket retaining nuts.
  12.  
  13. Install the ground strap.
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Fig. If the antenna motor still operates, but the staff does not move. If the staff is bent, or the staff does not extend to its full height. A replacement staff kit is available that can be used without replacing the motor



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Fig. This locknut was removable using a locking pliers and a shop cloth (to protect the chrome nut). Unscrew the locknut to remove it



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Fig. With the help of an assistant to raise the antenna, gently pull up on the staff to extricate it from the fender



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Fig. Continue pulling while raising the antenna until the entire drive comes out of the base



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Fig. When the antenna is out, slide the bushing off and install it on the new staff, if not supplied



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Fig. Feed the new nylon drive into the antenna hole, while an assistant is lowering the antenna by turning the radio off or pushing the antenna switch down. Feed about half of the drive, then install the staff and lock nut. Cycle the antenna up and down

 
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