GM Prizm/Nova 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Antenna

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The mast and cable are 1 piece. If the mast is damaged or broken, the entire antenna assembly including the cable must be replaced.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1985-92
  1. Remove the console side panel, to the right of the accelerator pedal.
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  3. Disconnect the antenna cable from the radio by reaching through the back of the console and disconnecting the cable from its socket. If you can't quite reach or release the cable, the radio will have to be loosened in the dash and disconnected from the front.
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  5. Remove the 2 screws holding the hood release lever and move the lever out of the way.
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  7. Remove the lower left dashboard trim and disconnect the speaker wiring.
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  9. Remove the left side kick panel.
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  11. Remove the retaining screw and remove the left side cowl trim.
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  13. Attach a long piece of mechanic's wire or heavy string to the end of the antenna wire. This will track up through the pillar as you remove the old antenna and be available to pull the new line into place.
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  15. Remove the 2 attaching screws at the antenna mast. Remove the antenna and carefully pull the cable up the pillar. Use a helper to insure the end inside the car does not snag or pull other wires.
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To install:
  1. Remove the mechanic's wire or twine from the old cable and attach it to the new cable. Make sure it is tied so that the plug will stay straight during installation
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  3. With your helper, feed the new cable into the pillar while pulling gently on the guide wire or string. Route the antenna cable properly under the dash, making sure it will not foul on the steering column or pedal linkages. Route the cable high enough that there is no chance of it hanging around the driver's feet. Use tape or cable ties to secure it.
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  5. Remove the guide line from the antenna cable. Route the antenna into the radio and install the connector.
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  7. Install the attaching screws holding the mast to the pillar. Make sure the screws are properly threaded and that both the screws and their holes are free of dirt or corrosion. A poor connection at these screws can affect antenna and radio performance.
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  9. Install the left side cowl trim and the left side kick panel.
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  11. Connect the speaker wiring and install the lower left dashboard trim.
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  13. Install the hood release lever.
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  15. Install the console side panel.
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1993
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the left side kick panel by disengaging the clips.
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  5. Disconnect the antenna cable from the antenna cable extension. Attach a piece of mechanic's wire to the antenna cable to assist in reinstalling through the A-pillar.
  6.  
  7. Remove the antenna base attaching screws from the roof and remove the antenna from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Remove the mechanic's wire from the old cable and attach it to the new cable.
  2.  
  3. Feed the new cable into the pillar while pulling gently on the guide wire. Use tape or cable ties to secure it.
  4.  
  5. Remove the guide line from the antenna cable. Route the antenna into the radio and install the connector.
  6.  
  7. Install the attaching screws holding the mast to the pillar. Make sure the screws are properly threaded and that both the screws and their holes are free of dirt or corrosion. A poor connection at these screws can affect antenna and radio performance.
  8.  
  9. Install the left side kick panel.
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  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
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