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    charliehoward New Member

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    Here are detailed instructions, with many photos, showing you how to replace the antenna base of a 2nd Gen Prius:

    http://www.wallwatcher.com/Antenna

    In a contest between an antenna and a garage door, the door always wins. It may get bent a little, but the antenna is likely to be ripped out of the antenna base (the black cone). There's a circuit board in that base, and it contains a pre-amplifier. If something on that board breaks off, or the wire connecting the pre-amp to the nut that holds the antenna breaks (both happened to me), you'll need a new antenna base.

    Your Toyota dealer can make the repair, and that's the safe way to get it done. But, my dealer said it would cost about $1,000 (almost $300 for the antenna base, plus lots and lots of expensive labor).

    You can buy the antenna base on the web for around $200, and it's actually pretty easy to do the job yourself... once you know how. It took me about 2-1/2 hours, including taking lots of photos and needing lots of time to figure out some things. Someone who has done this before and has the right tools (such as a mechanic at a Toyota dealer repair shop) should be able to do it in about 30 minutes.

    DISCLAIMER: Only try this if you're comfortable with the procedure; I won't be responsible for damage to you or to your car.
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    donalmilligan089 Member

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    About the best illastrations I have ever seen Kudos to you
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    Boo Boola Boola Member

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    Many thanks again Charlie. The illustrated instructions are just fantastic.
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    Stormz New Member

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    I found your instructions on the web a minute ago, then also here. Just like to also say thanks for doing it, as I`ll be changing our antenna for a shark-fin soon.
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    Charlie, you instructions are fantastic! I had my antenna base broken a couple of weeks ago backing up the car against a partly open garage door. Your instructions made the replacement job a breeze, and saved me a ton of money.

    Thanks!
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    dhanson865 Expert and Devil's advocate

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    Great instructions. For anyone that thinks they might want to avoid this you can take the 16" unicorn antenna off your prius and replace it with a 4" antenna for less than $5 and no tools required. It literally screws off and on with bare hands.

    No chance of a garage door or tree limb or whatever breaking off your antenna base if the antenna is only a couple of inches tall.

    http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-ii-prius-modifications/90527-cheap-shorty-antenna-works.html
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    Roger Scott New Member

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    Thanks for taking the time to make an excellent instructional manual. R. Scott, PhD
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    davef58 New Member

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    So I am attempting to replace the antenna and I got to the headliner removal and saw the curtain airbags along the backseat posts. Will they stay intact while I remove the headliner? The side post has popped loose and the curtain is tapes up like an accordion. Do I nned to be concerned about them deploying?
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    Patrick Wong DIY Enthusiast

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    If you are concerned about the SRS system, just disconnect the 12V battery negative cable where it connects to the body and wait a few minutes to allow the power supply capacitors to discharge. I recently replaced the antenna base on my 2007 and did not bother to do that, but you should do what makes you comfortable.
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    Just one bit of advice. The OE antenna base (Original equipment) can be purchased online for only $87.50 plus sales tax from antennamastsrus. It is identical to the one that my dealer wanted $290 for, manufactured in the same place, just comes in a plain package. Uncomfortable with ability to peel back the head cover, a local auto upholstery shop did the whole job for labor of $185. Since the mast screw in antennas seem to be popular objects to be stolen, I will get a shark fin antenna that can be secured.

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