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Author Topic: Internal aerial lead fractured  (Read 8948 times)

Offline Bloodnok

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Internal aerial lead fractured
« on: May 27, 2013, 11:48:45 AM »

Hello all,
New to the site,  hoping that one of you will be able to help with my query.

I have just bought a second hand MK2 Galaxy,  I like it alot,  however there is an issue with the radio aerial.    I have tried 2 radio sets now and have determined that it is the aerial lead at fault.     :(

How would I go about replacing this lead that I assume runs though the car to the back window?

I have seen the wealth of info that is available from this club,  and I only hope one of you out there will be able to help me with my issue.   :)



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Re: Internal aerial lead fractured
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2013, 01:55:13 PM »
Hello Bloodnok  welcome5

How have you determined the cable is faulty?

The O/S rear window is the aerial but there is also an amplifier below the window under the trim panel this is powered from the radio when it's switched on.
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Offline Bloodnok

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Re: Internal aerial lead fractured
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2013, 08:11:24 PM »
We found that the radio that came with the car did not seek stations at all on any band....  so we went to halfords and brought a brand new radio for the car.    on getting it installed BY halfords,   they got it to work partially on FM and nothing at all on MW / LW .    on flexing the aerial lead directly at the back of the radio,   there seemed to be moments when it suddenly worked fine,   then it failed again.    It could just be the connector to the radio that is at fault,  but on the off chance it's an intermittent issue somewhere in the aerial lead,   how easy is it to replace the lead that runs from the radio set,  to the rear glass antenna ??

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Internal aerial lead fractured
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2013, 08:42:13 PM »
I've never heard of an aerial lead failing (excluding being chopped in half!) as they are co-ax and therefore damn resiliant! I would suggest whoever was flexing the cable was making contact with the connector and therefore their body became the aerial.

Have you checked the aerial is actually connected to the lead? Certainly wouldn't be the first time one had become detached as its only a pop type connector on the glass.

If you truly did need to replace the cable then its time consuming bug not difficult. It runs out the back of the housing, up and behind the instrument cluster, up the A pillar and along the roof. You'd need to drop the lining out which is the time consuming part.
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