just replacing the antenna is --almost-- a tool-less job
you know your actuator is good since you hear it
you can get a new mast on ebay for about $17(us) incl shipping
thats what mine cost
the only tool I recommend is an antenna wrench, they are cheap and keep you from scaring up the nut on top (or the paint)
remove the antenna nut
(it can be difficult to slide over the end of the antenna, but it will )
turn on the radio so the motor is in the UP position
yank the mast out
yes, just pull it out
extend the new mast and insert the nylon cable into the empty hole
NOTE: cable must have the ridges facing towards the drive gear, this will be the front or rear of car, I think my new mast had a sheet that told me
turn off the radio and feed the new mast into the base as the motor pulls in the cable
(you may want a friend to work the radio power unless you have more than the usual 2 arms)
put on antenna nut (remember it may be difficult to get over the top of the antenna but it will go)
practice your pirate moves with old antenna mast while jammin to the radio
See, I couldn't use that method, bc the previous owner of my car, jammed the antenna in the down position, and somehow that plastic cable with the ridges broke into several pieces inside the motor. When I tried to get all the pieces out, I broke the motor.
Honda isn't the only company using power antennas. And they all break over time - that nylon string gear attached to the mast. What sucks about it is that most people will take the car to the dealer - ANY dealer - and get quoted $200 to replace what amounts to a $20 part and 30 minutes of labor.
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