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Old 01-30-2006, 02:24 PM
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Yes, I searched around but couldn't find the answer to my question.

Yesterday I was installing a stereo into my car (I'm getting ready to sell it so I took the good one out.). It's a 95 Civic so the antenna cable is really short, there just isn't much slack.

Well, the stereo I was installing has a socket in the back of the unit for the antenna, instead of a short cable with a female end, like some have.

Anyways, so the antenna cable was just a bit too short for me to get it into the back of the stereo, so I gave it a little tug to see if I could free up an inch or two.... and, you guessed it, it broke off in my hand.

The cable broke off about 12" up into the dash. What's the best way to go about fixing this?

What a pain in the ****!!
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Old 01-30-2006, 06:15 PM
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You thought you were going to save some money doing it yourself.

If it's broke somewhere that you can access it, you can solder it back together. The antenna has a single metal strand going down the center, and then metal shielding around it. You have to reconnect the middle strand, insulate it, then reconnect the outer strands and insulate the whole thing.

Or you can go to the junkyard and get the whole thing. It's not difficult to pull out of that particular Civic.

Next time reach in from the back and underneath.
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wait I have a question. Did it break or come unplug. like on the tegs there is allways alittle extra 5 inch ext that plugs in. make sure your is the same
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Old 01-30-2006, 08:00 PM
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The cable actually broke apart. It must have been against a sharp edge or something so when I pulled on it, it made a clean cut.

Can I just buy an antenna and stick it up in the dash? I mean, I don't listen to the radio much anyways, so I don't need good reception.

I think I am going to look for a cheap antenna that I can just plug into the back and leave in the dash, I think that would be a lot easier.
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this is rather simple. just grab another wire about the same size gauge that you broke about 1-2". strip the ends of the original wires and the new wires and solder the new wire you found between the original broke wires.

--original wire -----| |---- new wire ----| |----- original wire --

you just strip the ends and solder at where the verticle bars are at, then finally wrap it in electrical tape.
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here's some options for ya:

• you can get an external antenna (elec. amplified or some long *** antenna) and just plug it up to the radio and stick it under the dash; but you'll probably be hearing more static than anythign
- this includes getting a glass mounted antenna, where you plug it into the radio and mount the other end somewhere on the upper windshield of yoru car or something

• you could get an antenna extension cable. Most cars are designed with an antenna system where they are extended; the antenna is not one single long wire from teh outside antenna to the inside (this is on MOST cars not ALL).
This means, I can probably bet, that the antenna plugging into your radio is probably an antenna extension already. If you actually follow it all teh way, you shoudl be able to find where it connects to (it could possibly be on the lower pass. kick panel) and connect your new antenna extension to that, while connecting the other end to yoru radio (BEST option)
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Buy a new antenna cable or new antenna....they're not expensive.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:27 PM
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by EGPrelude &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">here's some options for ya:

• you can get an external antenna (elec. amplified or some long *** antenna) and just plug it up to the radio and stick it under the dash; but you'll probably be hearing more static than anythign
- this includes getting a glass mounted antenna, where you plug it into the radio and mount the other end somewhere on the upper windshield of yoru car or something

• you could get an antenna extension cable. Most cars are designed with an antenna system where they are extended; the antenna is not one single long wire from teh outside antenna to the inside (this is on MOST cars not ALL).
This means, I can probably bet, that the antenna plugging into your radio is probably an antenna extension already. If you actually follow it all teh way, you shoudl be able to find where it connects to (it could possibly be on the lower pass. kick panel) and connect your new antenna extension to that, while connecting the other end to yoru radio (BEST option)</TD></TR></TABLE> I have to agree, I would be willing to bet that he pulled the cable right out of the female end of an extension lead, [that's why it looks like a "clean" cut] but unless the "sharp edge" he is talking about is sharp as a razor, [have never seen that on a Honda] a "tug" on the cable is not going to cut through a plastic jacket a wire braid and a plastic insulation tube.

I have noticed that most Honda/Acuras that do not have the A pillar ant. do have short ant. ext. on them, [I have replaced more then a few] however I am not familiar with the setup in a 95 Civic.

But i do agree that finding the "broke" end would be the first step, and if it was only the cable pulled out of a female Motorola end, then $2 will get you an ant. extension lead, plug it in and your good to go, get one that is a little longer then the stock one. 94
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Hey guys I put myself in a bind and need help. My buddy also has a 95 Civic and we were replacing his radio and I messed up. In re-attaching the antenna cable to his radio the single metal wire that sticks out from the cable broke off. WHAT DO I DO? Can you email me at [email protected] so i dont blow up this guys feed. Thanks
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