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Toyota Land Cruiser Antenna Mast

Signs of a Faulty Toyota Land Cruiser Antenna Mast

The quality of your Toyota Land Cruiser's radio reception depends on the antenna mast of the vehicle. This component is what picks up radio signal that will travel all the way to the radio. A problem in the antenna mast will result to poor AM and FM signal. Although replacing a malfunctioning antenna mast can be a pretty easy task that can be finished in just an hour or two, it would still be best to make yourself familiar with the common signs that your antenna mast is going bad. This will help you prevent further damage and save you money from buying a replacement part.

Loss of signal

If you notice that your Toyota Land Cruiser's radio is having reception problems, this is a sure sign that your antenna mast is not functioning properly. Loss of signal in car stereos is usually the result of an unplugged or a loosened wire in the antenna. You may check your car's front fender where the antenna mast is located and inspect it for disconnected wires.

Sticky antenna

If you notice that your antenna would stop while it's moving up, you may be experiencing a common problem with a sticky antenna. Dirt, dust, moisture, and other contaminants from the road can get stuck in the antenna's coil and reduce the movement speed of the antenna mast. It would be best not to apply too much lubrication on the antenna mast as this might accumulate road debris faster and make the problem worse.

Other issues

There are a lot of other reasons why your Toyota Land Cruiser's stops functioning. If you notice that your Toyota Land Cruiser's antenna mast does not automatically lower when you turn off the radio or the car, there could be a tangled antenna cord or a problem with an internal motor in the housing. If your antenna mast appears bent, there might be something wrong with the tight-fitting telescoping tubes. Complicated and unpredictable weather conditions may also cause breakage of the rope and the teeth on the gears and other problems with the nylon bits of your antenna mast.

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  • Helpful Tips in Keeping Your Toyota Land Cruiser Antenna Mast in Good Condition 27 February 2013

    The main responsibility of your Toyota Land Cruiser's antenna mast is to pick up signal that will travel all the way to the car's radio to make sure that the AM and FM stations have clear reception. The quality of your radio's signal depends greatly on the condition of your antenna mast. Poor radio signal can be annoying especially when you are the type of driver that listens to the radio a lot for entertainment and for staying updated with the news. To avoid the hassle caused by poor reception and a malfunctioning antenna mast, make sure that you are performing regular maintenance on your car's antenna. Here are a few tips on how to keep your Toyota Land Cruiser's antenna mast in top condition.


    Clean the antenna regularly.


    Instead of being a convenient car feature, an antenna mast can be a major cause of annoyance if it's not functioning properly. One of the reasons why antenna masts fail is the build-up of dirt that makes them squeaky. Since it is located outside your vehicle, getting dust and grit inside the antenna cannot be avoided. The accumulation of road debris will make it stick and produce an irritating squeaky sound. So don't forget to include your Toyota Land Cruiser's antenna mast in your car's routine maintenance. Always make sure that it's free of dirt and grime. Wiping the antenna with a quality cleaner or degreaser and a shop towel on a regular basis will make a huge difference. Just make sure not to directly spray cleaning products on the car because they might be harmful to the paint surface.


    Lubricate the antenna mast.


    Removing the old grease from the antenna mast of your Toyota Land Cruiser will help get rid of the dirt and grit that are stuck on the grease. Aside from causing scratches on your antenna, dirt may also shorten its life. Make sure to apply only a generous amount of grease on the antenna mast to keep it moving smoothly and quietly. You may also use white lithium grease when lubricating your antenna mast. Aside from not being easily washed off, it also serves as a corrosion inhibitor to make sure that the antenna mast is always in great shape.


    Check the signal.


    To make sure that the antenna mast of your Toyota Land Cruiser is still in its top condition, check how it picks up reception with the use of an ohmmeter.