Those involved in street crime simply snap it off and scratch the car with it.
Usually these are held in place with a fancy nut with a large washer under the
Where have you been for the last 20 years or even 40 years?
Sir Hugh of Bognor
The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
On 4 Nov 2007 10:00:32 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Dorsey) wrote:
Well it was a very stubborn screw and the mast was stuck in the up
position about a foot and the rubber grommet thing was hideously
perished and also the sun was in my eyes quite a bit on this occasion
so it was not as easy as one would suppose.
The motor assembly smelled god awful and I found the circuit board
inside the case burnt to a molten, blackened gob. I straightened the
antenna and lubed it up. By discarding the board and fishing the motor
wires into the trunk space I can now make it motor up and down if I
want using the car battery, which was somewhat satisfying. I just left
it up so I can get KPLU for now, the purpose of this exercise. Maybe
no one will snap it off just out of spite or malice or whatever
provokes snappers to attack lone BMW's.
I think the areal gets whacked in the car wash and the motor smokes
itself trying to move a stuck object.
The power antenna was also previously identified by a BMW mechanic as
the source of a battery drain that would leave the car unstartable
over the course of a few days.
Thanks everyone, another 10 minute job done,..
The arial only gets wacked in the carwash by people who are A) dumb
enough to put thier car through an automatic wash and B) stupid enough
to leave the radio on while doing it. The circuit board will sense the
extra resistance from a bent arial and simply stop without burning
anything up. Your power unit was bad from something but I doubt it was
a bent arial. Look around the wrecking yards and you'll find a
replacement. You can also buy an aftremarket part to replace it.
Irony??? This is usually what happens around here (and it's not just
Bimmers that suffer this fate). Idiots go through the automatic wash
with the stereo cranking and don't even think about the power arial...
On Mon, 05 Nov 2007 18:26:26 -0500, pltrgyst
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