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Remove Antenna?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Innkeeper271, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Apr 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM
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    Innkeeper271

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    My owners manual says to remove the antenna prior to going through the car wash. Is this really necessary or is it really not an issue?
     
  2. Apr 24, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    tacokid09

    tacokid09 it's about the off-road miles

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    never been and issue for mine, my dads, or any of my friends trucks
     
  3. Apr 24, 2011 at 2:38 PM
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    GeoTaco

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    i do if there are brushes in the car wash, they will bend it and rip it off....did that in an old car. I usually wash it myself or take it somewhere that hand washes it.
     
  4. Apr 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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    ColtsTRD

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    I took mine off and left it off...it gets beat to shit when I'm going through the desert. I listen to my ipod all the time anyhow :)
     
  5. Apr 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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    Get a stubby antenna....
     
  6. Apr 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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    NelsonTacoma

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    Edit: What he said ^^^^^

    I've seen some messed up fenders from automatic car washes and antennas. Unless you change to a stubby antenna I would take it off during car washes.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2011 at 2:42 PM
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    WMDtech

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    None... sigh
    Never had an issue with any vehicle going through a car wash. I like the idea of taking it off, would prevent damage.
     
  8. Apr 24, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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    malander

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    What about you guys with cb antennas? What do you do then?
     
  9. Apr 24, 2011 at 5:49 PM
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    Takem them out the QD mount or fold the folding mount.
     
  10. Apr 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM
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    csjumper2003

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    I tried without removing and it about ripped my antenna off want do that again
     
  11. Apr 24, 2011 at 8:23 PM
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    I'm going to totally disagree on the stubbie antenna idea. I had one and went through a car wash. About $60 in parts later and it was repaired. Had to replace the entire antenna pole assembly. This was unfortunately not a touchless car wash and I usually hand wash but was out of town after a snowstorm and needed to get the salt off.

    Anyway, either get something flexible or stay away from "touch" car washes.
     
  12. Apr 25, 2011 at 5:29 AM
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    my antenna was ripped off during a car wash. luckily only one scratch on the truck.

    ALWAYS remove them. ALWAYS
     
  13. Apr 25, 2011 at 1:27 PM
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    Well sounds like the safe play is to remove it before going thru the car wash.
    I'd get a stubby but I do listen to FM around town and the reception around here is poor to begin with. Thanks for the input/feedback.
     
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    what he said...minus the yelling part...

    go to the self washing bays and spray it down, foam brush, rinse and BAM! no antenna damage risk


    ever since i got my bumper and winch i stopped going through auto washes anyway...and now i usually have my softtop on and definitely don't want auto wash for that
     
  16. Apr 25, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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    Carwash with brushes ripped the antenna, base and all from the fender of my brothers Dodge. They blamed it on the antenna topper.
     
  17. Apr 25, 2011 at 1:40 PM
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    Definitely unscrew it when you go through a car wash. then just screw it back on when your leaving. Trust me, the car wash brushes and pads will molest your antenna if you do not remove it.
     
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