How to Install a Car Antenna Extension Cable
You can look at your car stereo as your personal jester. While a court jester entertains the people inside a royal court, the good old car jester spares the people inside a car from boredom caused by heavy traffic on their way home. But your car radio won't be able to entertain you effectively if you can't listen to your favorite radio station or program. Instead of enhancing your mood, poor or broken antenna signals will just totally ruin your day. What you need is an antenna extension cable. Install it in your car and you're guaranteed to have great radio reception. The best part? It's cheap and very easy to install.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- New car antenna extension cable
- Crescent wrench
- Needle-nose pliers
Step 1: Check your vehicle and find out where your car antenna is located. Remove the mounting nut at the base of the antenna mast using the needle-nose pliers or the wrench. Take out the base and the antenna mast.
Step 2: Locate the antenna and the coaxial cable that connects it to the car stereo inside your vehicle. Trace the route of the original coaxial cable until you reach its end. Unplug the cable from the antenna lead attached to the back of the car stereo.
Step 3: Take the new car antenna extension cable and connect its one end to the free end of the original coaxial cable. Secure the connection of the original coaxial cable and the extension cable. Remember to tighten the fastener.
Step 4: Connect the other end of the antenna extension cable to the antenna lead at the back of the car stereo. Secure the connection and tighten the fastener.
Step 5: Guide the extended antenna cable through its original route from the car stereo to the hole in the fender. Connect the mast to the extended coaxial cable using the screwdriver. Re-install the mounting nut at the base of the antenna mast. Put the cover panel of the antenna in place.
You can finish the installation process in less than an hour. If possible, you can also replace the original coaxial cable of your car stereo and antenna so that both your original and extension cables are brand new. But make sure that the antenna extension cable is compatible with the original coaxial cable.