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.
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.
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.