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Broke antenna

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MxRacer190, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Jun 11, 2010 at 7:23 PM
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    MxRacer190

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    So, I was riding down I-285 doing about 80mph when a fucking tire comes flying up from the rear of a car in front of me. . . Hit my antenna and see it bend almost flat before breaking off from inside my truck.

    Question is, how do it get the piece out thats still in my truck?
     
  2. Jun 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM
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    Tap that shit!
     
  3. Jun 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM
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    flying tires eh?? man i hate when that happens....
     
  4. Jun 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM
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    I can't help you, but that is just one freak accident. Good thing it didn't decide to smash through your windshield.
     
  5. Jun 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    Inside your truck? Do you mean the threads are still in the antenna mount or is the antenna through your windshield?

    I presume threads still there... if you can get some vice grips on to twist it out that's the easiest, otherwise you're looking at an easy out, welding a bit of metal to it to get it out, or some other form of normal broken bolt removal.
     
  6. Jun 11, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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    Some bullshit I know lol. I'll find some kind of bolt remover and see if that works. Radio still sounds fine, I might just leave it as is.
     
  7. Jun 11, 2010 at 7:56 PM
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    Hope that the threads aren't rusted in there and you can get it out. Otherwise you have to do what I did and drill it out until you can: 1)remove and tap the whole or 2) replace the whole antenna assembly. I ended up having to replace it, only $60 and about 20 minutes.
     
  8. Jun 11, 2010 at 8:29 PM
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    I don't think it rusts. If you have some thing hard a sharp you sometimes can just tap around the edges and it will start threading out. It will not be tight anymore cause it's broken off. I try that first and 90% of the time it will thread out. If it fails then you need a small easy out or a left handed drill bit. I've never been where it was impossible to remove a broken off bolt yet. Miserable ones yes, but I've always managed to get them out.
     
  9. Jun 11, 2010 at 8:31 PM
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    I had that happen on my FJ, broke off and the threaded parts was down in there. I picked up one of these. After 10 minutes I had it out and a new antenna in.
     
  10. Jun 11, 2010 at 8:43 PM
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    Flying tires?!?! We would be saying RIP if this was cycleworld.com.
     
  11. Jun 11, 2010 at 10:09 PM
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    I just repaired mine a month ago from having something similar happen. Screw extractor would not work since the antenna was broken off too far down. I basically destroyed the nut and the internal antenna pole piece and had to buy new (about $50 total). If you need help with that, let me know while it's still fresh in my mind.
     
  12. Jun 12, 2010 at 9:21 AM
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    I finally got the little fucker out. Two tiny nails, and a puddle of sweat on the ground and it was out! Patience is a virtue.
     
  13. Jun 12, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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    ^Good. You're lucky, I tried pretty much everything for a couple months before I gave up and just bought the parts. What a PITA.
     
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