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Old 12-13-2005, 04:53 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any fix for power antenna'* in cold weather. It was 5 at my house this morning and it will be below 0 over the winter. When it gets really cold my power antenna either won't extend fully or won't retract fully. Is there any fix for this?
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oil up the antenna mast
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my antenna doesnt go up EVER, never did, never will


oh yeah, the 00+ antenna is built into the windshield....
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u can go to a dealer and get some oil for it for very cheap

it used to happen to me, but then i oiled it, and it hasn't happened for about a year and a half now
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Don't go to the dealer for that oil. Use ANY light oil (not WD-40, it'* not oil).

In severe cases, you may need to drill out the rivets in the antenna assembly, open, clean, and re-grease as well.
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BTW...don't try to find rivets that big. Just use bolts.
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Gotcha, so like Marvel or a teflon oil is ok?
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Don't go to the dealer for that oil. Use ANY light oil (not WD-40, it'* not oil).

x50??

yeah mine failed cause I used wd-40. (got dirt and dust in there and broke something)

Same antenna as in the 92-99 bonnevilles.
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Gotcha, so like Marvel or a teflon oil is ok?
PERFECT. I raise the antenna and hold a rag behind it to prevent overspray. Then spray and wipe at the same time. Just did both of mine and driverjohn'* a few days ago.

Safer from overspray = saturate the rage REALLY well. Then wipe downward. Do this a couple times, and let it sit for a minute or two. Then lower the antenna, raise it, and wipe again.
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Don't go to the dealer for that oil. Use ANY light oil (not WD-40, it'* not oil).

x50??

yeah mine failed cause I used wd-40. (got dirt and dust in there and broke something)

Same antenna as in the 92-99 bonnevilles.
Here'* why:

WD-40 was designed as a Water Displacing (WD) solvent. It attracts contaminants. Dust, grime, etc. Then it evaporates, leaving nothing but the crud behind, and has no lubricant properties whatsoever at this point.
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