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Antenna keeps screwing loose.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ERdept, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. Feb 24, 2008 at 6:01 PM
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    ERdept

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    So I have to tighten the antenna every couple weeks.

    What's the fix for it?

    Pliers and locktite?
     
  2. Feb 24, 2008 at 6:09 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    A bit of locktite will do the trick.
     
  4. Feb 24, 2008 at 6:11 PM
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    GregO

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    Yah, I ran into this problem when I first got my taco, but all I did was take out a pair of pliers and wrench that mo fo down, didn't use locktite but it would probly be a good idea..
     
  5. Feb 25, 2008 at 12:02 AM
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    ERdept

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    OK. Since I don't want to mess with it again and think that I'll never need it out, I'm going loctite red instead fo blue, and some padded vise grips.
     
  6. Feb 25, 2008 at 6:51 AM
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    argm31i

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    Locktite would probably work, but keep in mind that if you go through a car wash, they might try to unscrew it (or you might need to do it to prevent it getting bent over/off).
     
  7. Feb 25, 2008 at 7:29 AM
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    A small rubber O ring that just fits over the threads will do the trick also. When the antenna is tightened, the O ring will hold pressure against it and keep it from turning. Also makes it easier to remove if needed than with Locktite.
     
  8. Feb 25, 2008 at 7:29 AM
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    lsocoee

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    Don't do loctite. Just tighten the crap out of it. I'd be worried that the loctite will affect your radio signal. If you do loctite, don't do it over all the threads.
     
  9. Feb 25, 2008 at 3:32 PM
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    A little blue Loctite won't hurt.

    To get it tight without scraping up your antenna, put a small rubber hose over the antenna and then grip that hose near the base with a pair of pliers and tighten the antenna. The rubber hose will grip the antenna tight enough to tighten it, but it won't grip it so much that you strip out the threads or snap off the stud.
     
  10. Feb 25, 2008 at 4:00 PM
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    So is your antenna just coming loose on its own, or is it from banging it on the top of the garage door going in and out? I just got a shorter antenna.
     
  11. Feb 25, 2008 at 6:08 PM
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    ^I would imagine on it's own: vibration from flapping in the wind. That's how mine came loose. I also replaced mine but just for looks. I went with a black shortie antenna.

    Just wanted to add, it doesn't affect my reception at all. I did just what you say, though, a small dab on one side.
     
  12. Feb 26, 2008 at 4:35 AM
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    OK, fixed it good.

    It was coming loose on its own, from just road jarring. I don't and haven't knocked it on anything.

    I also will not remove it for car washes.

    I wash at home.

    Reception is as always, normal.

    Went with red Locktite and padded vise grips.

    Thanks all.
     
  13. Feb 26, 2008 at 5:35 AM
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    Good tip. Mine is always coming loose as well.
     
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    AeroCooper

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    Just a bump for this thread for those that aren't aware. My '10 is only a month old and I was getting the rims switched out last night. I was poking around while I waited and just happened to feel the antenna. Imagine my surprise when the thing was so loose it was about to fall off!
    I tightened it finger tight, and will be applying a more permanent fix from those suggested above very soon.
     
  15. May 20, 2010 at 12:08 PM
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    cspcrx

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    Our 09 does it as well.
    They take it off at the car wash but it doesnt seem to take long to get loose.
     
  16. May 20, 2010 at 12:27 PM
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    The O ring is a great idea.
    You can also use a small lock washer.
    A wrench will fit, no need to chew it up with pliers or vice grips.
     
  17. May 20, 2010 at 1:39 PM
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    i just used some teflon tape and 2 yrs troublefree and it never has given me any radio signal issues.
     
  18. May 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM
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    used just a tad of loctite on just part of the threads.
     
  19. May 20, 2010 at 2:25 PM
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  20. May 20, 2010 at 2:57 PM
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    2 years and it hasn't come loose
     
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