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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-10-2002, 09:14 AM
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I need to replace the power antenna in my Caddy. It's in the right rear quarter panel. If I pull the carpet from the side of my trunk, I have easy access to it.

Now here's my question. Are the replacement power antenna's at walmart or autozone any good? I called my local dealer, and they no longer have direct fit power antennas, they use a universal fit one and have been told by the parts guy at the dealer that they are junk. And they're still $85 at my discount rate!!! So... I can get one at AutoZone for 40 bucks. Can I use the aforementioned antennas and get good reception? I think they may be Ralley brand, but I'm not sure.

The reason I need to replace mine is that it only comes up 2 sections. So it's only as tall as the roof of the car. It doesn't even try to go any farther. And I can't pull it up any more, So I don't even know if it's the stock antenna on there. It doesn't seem to be stuck, or have missing teeth on the nylon cord inside, I think it's just a short mast, as it operates normally with no funky noises or hesitation. And I get LOUSY radio recption. Like terrible lousy.

Any suggestions or recommendations???

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-10-2002, 10:25 AM
Mark Ekberg
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What about waiting for a new winshield and getting one in there? I don't know if they still make those kinds but that is what I am going to do. You can get rid of the whole ugly idea of a antenna.
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-11-2002, 01:56 PM
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Checker Auto Parts (and maybe even Auto Zone)handles the SCHOSHE (sp?) of automatic power antennas.
I have used them on a variety of cars and have had good luck. There are two models, one for about $60.00 and the other for about $80.00. I used the latter one as it had more adapters and a bigger motor unit. Both have long connector wires to the radio unit and both reach over 36".
If you want to wire it so that it won't come up when you play the cassette or CD, just wire in an SPST (on-off) toggle switch. There are only three wires to hook up as I recall.
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-11-2002, 02:25 PM
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i know this is kinda off base but if you were even thinkin about xm radio..there receivers get terrestial signals as well...so u can lose the that whole power thing and get something small like these
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-11-2002, 04:05 PM
Steve Cornell
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I need to correct you on your last statement

XM antenne will not recieve AM \ FM signal, the terrestrial signal you see in the XM antenna specs is for ground based XM repeater stations that are being used in urban areas where the satellite signal may be blocked by large buildings.

You will still need a conventional antenna for AM \ FM reception.
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