I have a 1997 Mercury Sable Wagon. My power antenna won’t go down. I
can hear the motor trying to work. But it won’t go down. I brought it
my mechanic and he told me that it would cost me $300 to fix it....or
$150 for a manual antenna. Now, I don’t plan on paying that much for
an antenna when my radio works since it is stuck in th up position.
Maybe someone knows how i can fix it myself. I would assume that the
motor is not seized since i can hear it humming and trying to work.
Maybe there is something else that needs replacing. Any help would be
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I had identical symptoms on a 2000 wagon. I bought a replacement
mast on eBay for ~ $17 including 3 day shipping.
In my case a piece of the nylon gear strip had broken and that is why
the mast would not retract. You can confirm if that is your problem
by comparing the length of the new one to the old one. If so then you
will need to remove the motor (a few bolts) and open one side of the
spool casing and remove the broken piece first.
You remove the antenna by unscrewing the top ring that has the two
notches. It's and easy DIY job, even with having to remove the motor.
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