How to Replace the Radio Antenna on a Toyotaby Russell Wood
Having a radio in your car can make it a bit more enjoyable to drive, but when that antenna breaks, you'll lose your signal and be forced to listen to tapes, AM or the sounds of silence. Fortunately, replacing the antenna on a Toyota is typically an easy experience and can be done in about an hour with some hand tools and the right parts. In this case, the project vehicle is a 1994 Toyota pickup, but the process is similar for other vehicles as well.
Pop the hood and reach through the fender to locate the base of the antenna. It's held in by a nut, so loosen that nut and pull out the antenna lead.
Reach behind the stereo and unplug the antenna lead from the stereo. This is a black wire, about one-quarter-inch thick, and can be seen from underneath the glove box.
Pull the antenna lead out from under the dash and through the firewall until you can remove the entire assembly.
Insert the replacement antenna in the stock antenna hole and secure it with an open-end wrench. Run the antenna lead through the firewall and make sure the stock grommet is firmly in place with your hands so that water can't leak into the cab.
Run the antenna lead through the glove box and back into the back of the stereo with your hands.
Things You'll Need
- Open-end wrench set
- Replacement antenna
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.