Sure. It's the belt on the antenna that is broken. It will jiggle a
little, but won't move in either direction. Personally, I'd rather castrate
a wildcat than do another damned antenna. They're in the most godawful
places. I think there's a contest about that.
It won't cost much for the part, but you may be stretched out of shape for a
Thanks for the reply... glad to hear the part is too
expensive...but how do I get to the antenna ??? Do I go underneather the car
rear tire and bumper...is that how I access it ??? Any quick tips on this repair
great apperciated. Also, if I listen to a CD I have to turn the radio on , is
anyway to stop the antenna from going up and down in that case ???? Thanks
replacement procedures are in the shop manual
you have to take the tire off, then the inner wheel well. you can then, if
you have a skinny arm, reach up and try to get it out. you'll need a picture
to see where the attachment points are, unless you can get your head up
there to look.
it's easier on a lift.
why is it that it appears that there are a lot of parts that they build the
Thanks for the reply. I'll see if I can get to
motor this week-end. I don't have a lift available, so I'll try just jacking the
and see what happens. Also, do you know ..is there a way to keep the antenna
up and down when I just use just the CD player in the radio. I just got the car
still becoming familiar with it. Last question, when I'm driving at 75mph and
gas pedal it feels as if the clutch was slipping (my car is automatic tranny)
manually shift it ...it feels normal. Is the overdrive part of the transmission
car has 100,000 miles on it, and the tranny has been serviced recently (fluid
burnt) any thoughts or recommendations ???? Thanks again.
====== snip ===At 75 you should be seeing about 2100 - 2400 on the tach in fourth gear
(the 'overdrive' ratio) with the torque convertor clutch (TCC) locked
up. Flooring the gas pedal should produce a smooth but 'positive'
downshift to third (or second with some rear gear ratios) and the tach
should smartly rise to >3000rpm. Depending on final ratio in your
individual car, you might see a downshift to second. The car should
accelerate upward from there with smooth upshift(s) as the tach exceeds
4K. If there's surge or slip it's time to see a good auto-tranny guy
who works on Corvette automatic boxes. The Corvette version of the
transmission has a couple of features (beefed up clutch plates and an
accumulator for '89 and subsequent C4s) that aren't in the truck and
Camaro/Firebird THMs). There is some designed-in slippage during
shifts. The transmission measures this slip -- when it becomes
excessive, servo pressures are automatically increased to correct it.
This yields "hard shifts" and the transmission should be looked at by
someone who knows Corvettes. Rebuilt swapouts, at chain tranny shops,
aren't wise since you'll probably get a transmission without the
Overdrive is a way of saying that fourth gear is not direct drive (a 1:1
ratio, as it was in earlier TurboHydramatic transmissions.) The "OD"
fourth gear is less than 1:1 ratio, check the owner's manual--it will
probably show something like 0.78:1 etc.
As Charlie suggests, spend a few bucks on a shop manual. It has an
excellent troubleshooting chart on the auto-tranny with good
descriptions of normal operation, simple driving tests, and what to look
for in the way of typical problems.
Welcome to the world of C4s. These are reliable, fun-to-drive cars with
good creature comforts and plenty of gadgetry. Don't accept
snobbishness from C3 owners or "efete" behaviors from some C5 and C6
guys/gals--we all wave. C2 owners are allowed to get snobby with
anyone! (;-) ... PJ
Same routine about every 3 to 4 years with the my C4. I wound up buying
a Japanese knock-off and a "mast repair kit" for the Chevy antenna. If
the antenna is broke, on the next tire rotation I install the Japanese
antenna (I believe Harata was the brand.) It's plug compatible and
works OK but isn't cosmetically correct on the exterior. Before the
next tire rotation, I replace the mast kit in the Chevy antenna then
install it next time I pull the tires. Japanese antenna was about $25
bucks. Mast kits are about $ 15 and a new GM antenna was over $ 65
several years ago.
Another option: Most of our local stations were bought out by Clear
Channel and all are either talk-radio or music aimed at the teen-age
crowd. I installed XM in the C4 and don't visit AM/FM much anymore.
Will probably do the same with the C5 after the holidays--have to order
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