Chrysler Pt Cruiser Antenna Mast
Chrysler PT Cruiser Antenna Mast: The Usual Problems
Your radio would be pretty useless without the antenna mast. The antenna allows you to tune in to radio waves of different frequencies, much like changing the channel of your television. Some antennas are retractable, while others are fixed, but whatever variety they come in, they are still susceptible to problems. If you know what is causing these issues, then you can easily determine what should be done. For more information about problems with the Chrysler Pt Cruiser antenna mast, read on.
Retractable antenna mast that has difficulty moving or has no movement
The first thing you should do is inspect the antenna mast. Check for broken components and replace them; if the damage is severe, you will need to replace the whole antenna mast. Pay careful attention to the nylon line in the antenna housing. This plastic line has teeth in it and works in tandem with the motor to extend and retract the antenna rod. This part often breaks after a while, leaving the antenna unable to move. If all the components of the antenna mast look fine upon inspection, then have them cleaned. Dirt and gunk buildup could've clogged the antenna mechanism, hampering its movement. An electric-parts cleaner or a penetrating oil spray will do the job. Spray some on a clean rag and wipe the antenna clean. Be sure to work your way from the bottom to the top to avoid damaging the antenna. Lubricate the antenna when you're done and reinstall it on the PT Cruiser.
Bent or broken mast
Because antenna masts stick out a good length or so from its base, it is vulnerable to being hit by other objects like trees, bending or breaking the antenna in the process. There is little else you can do in such a situation but to replace the whole thing. When you're driving with the antenna mast out, be aware of everything around your vehicle and drive appropriately. If your PT cruiser has a fixed antenna mast, the antenna may also be in danger of breakage when the car is being cleaned. Avoid automatic car washes at all costs and have people do the actual cleaning of the car instead. If possible, clean the car yourself and take care when cleaning the area around the antenna.