Hello,<P>The automatic antenna is only partially working on our "new" used 850GLT'96 (two weeks), that is, only the lower, the thickest part goes up/down.<P>Is this repairable or replacement is the only option?<P>Thanks,<P>
You know that has happened to me at least twice and each time I left it. When the Volvo dealer did my oil changes, each time it came back to me working properly. I should really ask what they did since it must have been easy to be free! Wonder if your supposed to use light oil on those things or would that induce more clogging gunk?<BR>Good question. Hope someone here has done the fix.<P>
Before you go the replacement route, try this:<P>Turn on the radio and pull the antenna to full extension. Take a rag that has been dampened with something like WD-40 and thoroughly clean the antenna mast top to bottom. When it's clean, use a clean rag and wipe a VERY thin coating of WD-40 on the mast.<P>Try turning the radio on and off a few times. You may have to manually extend the mast the first few times. If this doesn't work, it is likely time for a new one.<P>Good luck.
I was able to pull the antenna out, but only when unmounted from the car and antenna motor mechanically disconnected ...so firmly stuck it was. Probably wasn't cleaned for a couple of years... Works fine now. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
[Modified by Sarunas, 6:18 PM 9-20-2002]
First extend the antenna by hand to full extension.<br>next clean the entire length with simple green or windex.<br>then spray a good lubricant (i prefer synthetic) accross the entire antenna. Point the spray away from your car or you'll have a nice mess to deal with. let it soak for a minute down into the ant motor.<br>Then raise it up and down a few times by turning your stereo on and off. then wipe the excess lubricant off the antenna and your done.<p>I do this once a month.<br>I did not do this on my previous Volvo (93 940s) and the replacement motor was over 200 bucks. ouch! <br>I left it as is and learned a lesson. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">