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Old 03-04-2003, 03:16 PM   #1
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When the temperature falls below 20 (F) [or -7 (C) when I'm in Canada] my Electric Antenna will freeze up and(I guess) the safety breaker kicks in so that the motor won't burn up. After about 15 minutes, or so, enough residual heat passes into the trunk area and warms the antenna up enough so that 1 section of the antenna will pop up. How does one go about "Winterizing" an Electric Antenna??? BTW, Once the antenna is up, there is no prob getting it to retract into its home when the car is shut down.
Also, I am curious about the about the performance of the Integral(Integrated?) Antennae in the newer Bonnevilles and how they compare with the ol' (pre-2000) Antennae? Thanks.
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Ol Timer, I'd be really tempted to simply wrap some type of insulation around that. Keep the cold air from circulating around the antenna housing. That might be enough.
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Good suggestion! That might be enough. This primarily happens after it rains and then freezes so I thought that some moisture was getting into the unit. Has anyone ever coated the antenna mast with anything or is it best to keep it dry? I really do not want to lose any performance out of the antenna.
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Hmm... think you might have to keep it dry.. but a lil hint.. a light coat of Di-electric grease.. the antenna has to be conductive to properly pick up the radio signals.. very very lightly... but this still may not help with the freezing over though... hummm...think think thinkk....
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Remington Teflon lube. Green can. Find it in at a sporting goods store in the fishing or gun section. That'* what I use on my mast. Mainly for cleaning, but it leaves a light coating after I wipe it down. It'* designed for fishing reels. Perfect for wet environments.
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Remington Teflon lube. Green can. Find it in at a sporting goods store in the fishing or gun section. That'* what I use on my mast. Mainly for cleaning, but it leaves a light coating after I wipe it down. It'* designed for fishing reels. Perfect for wet environments.
Thanks for the tip. I'll hunt for the teflon lube this weekend. Hopefully it will be warm and dry by then. I'm really getting fed up with this winter. Of course when the temp hits 100 this summer I'll be bitch'n then too.
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i hear ya Ol' Timer, I cant stand midwestern weather either...we get about a combined 6 weeks of good weather out of a year, the other 50 or so are crappy.
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I think the power antennae have a drain pipe at the bottom of the mechanism.

If yours is clogged, then water may be trapped inside the unit and may be freezing it up in cold conditions.
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Wow! I never knew that! Thats something I'm going to have to check out this weekend. Shows you learn stuff all the time. (Great something new to check on periodically. )
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