From digest.v6.n788 Thu Jun 19 16:10:06 1997
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 10:14:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Sticking power antenna
BMW (and anyone else who uses a similar antenna) specifically tell you NOT to
lubricate the antenna. They have one shot packages of antenna cleaner. This
stuff seems to contain isopropyl alcohol and is really quite similar to the
hand wipes you are given in an Oriental Restaurant.
The antenna goes up and down as a result of a nylon (or something similar)
cable pushing it up. On most BMWs the cable is smooth on one side and has
gear teeth on the other side. Take the antenna out and apart and realign the
cable. You may find some of the teeth have disappeared as a result of the
antenna offering resistance (snow or buildup of crud due to use of lubricant)
which has stripped teeth. The second type of antenna has a smooth cable and
it is raised as a result of the surface on the drive wheel. The sheathing on
this cable tears and motor slip.
Both antenna masts are available for about $25-30 US complete with the cable.
Michel Potheau BMWCCA#0000002 BMW Club France #0000013
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