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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 03-03-2008, 02:41 AM   #1
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Havent really looked at it yet but when I turn the car off/ on I can hear the motor trying to move the antenna but it doesnt move, any thoughts on whats wrong/how to fix it?
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Mines did the same thing, I just cut the wires in the trunk because it was annoying and I don't listen to the radio. Maybe it'* time for a replacement. Sorry I don't have any useful info, but someone will post something.
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Go to the wrecker and get a replacement from as close to the year 1999 or older. It requires the removal of two 10mm bolts in the trunk, and pulls INTO the trunk for removal, leaving the trim on the fender.

Drill the rivets out of the wrecker antenna, dig out all the old grease, and re-grease with white lithium grease. Then put it back together with machine screws and nuts, and it won't fail on you for many years to come.

You can buy a new mast with a vinyl cord (your cord is broken) but it'* not worth it. A wrecker antenna in better condition is less money and work.
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It happened on mine and it was a broken metal "ribbon" inside that pushes and pulls the antenna up and down. Not repairable.

I went with an aftermarket one.
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A wrecker antenna fits right, and costs far less than aftermarket.
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If that nylon flexible rod is what broke, then you can take it one step beyond what Willwren said.. drill out those rivets, clean it all up nice.. you can melt what'* left of the nylon as it is crimped into the metal, then carefully "uncrimp" the metal to accept a new nylon rod. McMaster-Carr (big supply house) has nylon rods, I can't remember the diameter of the rod you need, you'll have to measure it.. You can get a few rods for practically nothing, especially if you have a McMaster-Carr near you, just drop by and pick it up. Carefully cut to length and crimp it together, reassemble. A bit time consuming but fun as heck to repair these things better than new for a fraction of even a boneyard antenna. My Olds eighty-eight is running such a repaired unit, The one ear-marked for the bonny project has this, I have one on the shelf ready for whatever, just because I had the rod in stock and a broken antenna on the parts car, and my 1995 Olds eighty eight that I sold to a co-worker is about 4 years on this repair. Total cost for nylon rods, about 10 bucks - works out to 2.50 per antenna. Mike
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cool thanx, I'll take care of that when It starts warming up.
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I have gone through a a few antennas in he past 3 years. The first one that went bad on me was already replaced by dad and that was from a j'yard car. I replaced with another Junkyard car antenna, which quit working a few weeks later.

Since then I have bought my last two antennas on eBay from user jcaddyjack
Just do a search for Bonneville hole type antenna, it'll come up. He rebuilds power antennas. I have delt with him twice and he is a great seller. The 1st antenna i bought from him was good but I bent it in an accident, which is what led me to him again.

You can try a j'yard car antenna, it'll definitely be cheaper. But I would trust a rebuilt/new antenna more.

just my 2 cents

good luck
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