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Old 07-09-2005, 08:01   #1 (permalink)
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~1997 mercury sable wagon "Power Antenna" Wonít Go

I have a 1997 Mercury Sable Wagon. My power antenna wonít go down. I
can hear the motor trying to work. But it wonít 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 donít 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
appreciated!! Thanks

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Old 07-09-2005, 08:01   #2 (permalink)
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yellowtreats wrote:
> I have a 1997 Mercury Sable Wagon. My power antenna wonít go down. I
> can hear the motor trying to work. But it wonít 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 donít 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
> appreciated!! Thanks
>

the antennae has to be replaced unless ford like toyota has a repair kit
for their antennaes.....its (the antennae or the repair kit if it exists
) is a ford only part .... aftermarket antennaes are typically (have not
bought on in 10 years) 25 bux or so.
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Old 07-09-2005, 08:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: ~1997 mercury sable wagon "Power Antenna" Wonít Go

Rob wrote:
> yellowtreats wrote:
>
>> I have a 1997 Mercury Sable Wagon. My power antenna wonít go down. I
>> can hear the motor trying to work. But it wonít 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 donít 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
>> appreciated!! Thanks
>>

> the antennae has to be replaced unless ford like toyota has a repair kit
> for their antennaes.....its (the antennae or the repair kit if it exists
> ) is a ford only part .... aftermarket antennaes are typically (have not
> bought on in 10 years) 25 bux or so.

heres a sample in canada its a long link ... geez
http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortments/browse_product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=1408474396669540&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474396670271&bm UID=1120892097476&FOLDER<>browsePath=2534374303517494&FOLDER<>browsePath=2534374303517529&FOLDER<>br owsePath=1408474396669540
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Old 07-09-2005, 08:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: ~1997 mercury sable wagon "Power Antenna" Wonít Go

Rob wrote:
> Rob wrote:
>
>> yellowtreats wrote:
>>
>>> I have a 1997 Mercury Sable Wagon. My power antenna wonít go down. I
>>> can hear the motor trying to work. But it wonít 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 donít 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
>>> appreciated!! Thanks
>>>

>> the antennae has to be replaced unless ford like toyota has a repair
>> kit for their antennaes.....its (the antennae or the repair kit if it
>> exists ) is a ford only part .... aftermarket antennaes are typically
>> (have not bought on in 10 years) 25 bux or so.

>
> heres a sample in canada its a long link ... geez
> http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortments/browse_product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=1408474396669540&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474396670271&bm UID=1120892097476&FOLDER<>browsePath=2534374303517494&FOLDER<>browsePath=2534374303517529&FOLDER<>br owsePath=1408474396669540
>

um cut and paste link or it wont werk
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Old 07-09-2005, 08:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: ~1997 mercury sable wagon "Power Antenna" WonítGo

yellowtreats wrote:
>
> I have a 1997 Mercury Sable Wagon. My power antenna wonít go down. I
> can hear the motor trying to work. But it wonít 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 donít 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
> appreciated!! Thanks
>
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Probably the nylon drive gear strip has worn teeth, so get a new one at an auto
parts store for maybe $25 US. A 20 minute job to replace.
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Old 07-09-2005, 19:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: ~1997 mercury sable wagon "Power Antenna" Wonít Go

Take your link to www.tinyurl.com and you can have it shrunk to a reasonable
size.


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Old 07-10-2005, 01:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: ~1997 mercury sable wagon "Power Antenna" Wonít Go

Jim Warman wrote:
> Take your link to www.tinyurl.com and you can have it shrunk to a reasonable
> size.
>
>

nice never knew hat existed tks
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Old 07-10-2005, 17:01   #8 (permalink)
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"" wrote:
> Rob wrote:
> > yellowtreats wrote:
> >
> >> I have a 1997 Mercury Sable Wagon. My power antenna wonít

> go down. I
> >> can hear the motor trying to work. But it wonít 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 donít 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
> >> appreciated!! Thanks
> >>

> > the antennae has to be replaced unless ford like toyota has

> a repair kit
> > for their antennaes.....its (the antennae or the repair kit

> if it exists
> > ) is a ford only part .... aftermarket antennaes are

> typically (have not
> > bought on in 10 years) 25 bux or so.

> heres a sample in canada its a long link ... geez
> http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortments/browse_product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=1408474396669540&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474396670271&bm UID=1120892097476&FOLDER<>browsePath=2534374303517494&FOLDER<>browsePath=2534374303517529&FOLDER<>br owsePath=1408474396669540


I was told that it was probably the antenna mast???? I was told to get
an antenna mast replacement kit. Do you think that will work??? thanks

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Old 07-10-2005, 20:01   #9 (permalink)
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Agreed, there is usually a nylon hard plastic strip with teeth on it that
can break, chances are this is what has happened and its an aftermarket
part I believe.
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> yellowtreats wrote:
>>
>> 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
>> appreciated!! Thanks
>>
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>
> Probably the nylon drive gear strip has worn teeth, so get a new one at an
> auto
> parts store for maybe $25 US. A 20 minute job to replace.



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Old 07-13-2005, 12:01   #10 (permalink)
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> 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
> appreciated!! Thanks
>
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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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