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Radio Antenna at 1A Auto

What is an Auto Radio Antenna and where is it Located?

Auto antennas are an important part of your radio system and allow for the reception of the FM, FM Stereo, AM, Satellite, and now the High Definition (HD) signals sent out into the air by transmitters. It is the key to keeping that crystal-clear sound that you hear in your vehicle pumping through your radio’s speakers.

The antenna can be found attached to the fender, quarter panel, trunk lid, hatch, or roof depending on the car or truck. Its size and shape varies depending on the type of vehicle as well. Automotive radio antennas come in many configurations including, but not limited to:

  • - Power with a telescoping antenna mast 
  • - Manual with a fixed antenna mast 
  • - Manual with a telescoping antenna mast
  • - Molded into the windshield
  • - Molded into the back glass

Common Reasons why a Car or Truck’s Radio Antenna Needs to be Replaced

Since a manual radio antenna doesn’t wear out, they are typically replaced on a car or truck due to damage from severe weather, vandalism, accidents, or drive thru car washes. Much like an electric power window motor, a vehicle’s power radio antenna can wear out from long term use or a damaged whip cable inside of the mast. In this case, the antenna will be unable to extend or retract and will get stuck in some type of position, whether it be up, down, or somewhere in between. For automotive radio antennas that are built into the glass, scratches can break the traces or disconnect the wiring connection from the glass. In these cases, a replacement auto radio antenna assembly will be needed.

Can I Replace an Automotive Radio Antenna Myself?

Installation difficulty varies on the application. Removing the actual radio antenna should only require basic hand tools and access to both sides of the vehicle’s body panel which it is mounted to. Since the cord from the antenna to the radio is one piece, interior trim panels may have to be removed to access the entire length of the cable. A broken power radio antenna whip will require partial tear down of the vehicle’s antenna assembly.

Need a Radio Antenna Replacement for your Automobile?

Without a functioning antenna, you should be prepared for many drives in complete silence, or to turn to some other alternative like CD’s, MP3’s, or your smartphone. Some people are ok with the quiet, and some barely even use their radio anymore, but many people want to listen to talk radio or some music stations while they drive to work, go on long road trips, etc. For those, radio reception is critical and if the antenna is damaged or completely broken, then a replacement will be required to get your radio in good working order again.

If your experiencing issues with your truck or car’s radio antenna, or it has been damaged beyond repair, you’ve come to the right place for a replacement! 1A Auto is now offering high quality, aftermarket replacement car antennas that will bolt and plug in without any modifications to your vehicle or its wiring. So whether your car or truck uses a manual or power radio antenna, 1A Auto has you covered. In addition, as the ever increasing market of aftermarket power and manual radio antennas increases, 1A will be there to bring them to our customers.

Shopping for an aftermarket radio antenna replacement for your car, truck or SUV is also incredibly easy at 1A Auto - we're here to help you select the right part for your vehicle! Call our customer service toll free at 888-844-3393 if you have any questions about our antennas, warranty, compatibility or to purchase, or you can buy online right here at Order your replacement auto radio antenna today and get your radio back to playing those tunes once again!


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