Re: '99 Wagon Antenna Problems......
NG! I unscrewed the slotted antenna nut, removed the plastic spacer that covers the hole and could not remove the mast. I followed the instructions on antennamastsRus.com including spraying penetrating oil into the base of the mast but no go. The mast wouldn't budge. Plus the visible base of the antenna doesn't look like the diagram on their website - could I have a different part?
Also, I removed the spare tire to see what kind of job it was to remove the motor. Unfortunately, it's mounted behind a metal panel the holds the spare & other electronics with VERY little clearance below. Removing it with the antenna stuck in the up position would be impossible without cutting off the old mast.
I think at this point I should just live with it & resign myself to washing the car myself or going to "brushless" car washes. Reception is fine & not a problem. It would still be nice to be able to disconnect the motor so it's not "running" when turning the radio on & off.
Any more suggestions are greatly appreciated.