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:whistle:Ullo all,

Gremlins ahoy! The antenna grinds and doesn't go up or down, the motor is done it seems. Would like to disable it altogether for now, but obviously keeping the radio / sound system is useful.

Is there a fuse for this thing? There's one for the radio but that kills everything audio etc.

Can't find in the diagrams, nor on the internet anywhere!
Anyone know?
Alternatively a way to kill the motor but maintain the radio functionality?

Hmmmmmm
 

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Guessing you are not in the US. Cause almost positive that a power antennae in an XJ is just an Export thing.
So best I can tell is that you are right about it not being separate from the radio itself.
So I have ideas.
Guessing the antennae is in the up position.
First would be just to disconnect it.
Probably would be the best idea but probably not the easiest.
Cause I don't know where you can get at it.
Maybe if you remove the inner plastic fender.
Might have to pull the whole fender.
Might actually be inside the Jeep so you would have to get at it from under the dash.
Who knows if that is even possible without taking some or most of the dash apart.
If I had to guess I would lean towards needing to access it from under the dash.
But if you remove the inner fender you might be able to pull it out and get at it that way.
If you do that then you have to make sure you put the plug back in properly so water can't get in there after.
My second idea is just a guess.
If you look at a factory radio in a Jeep sometimes you see this.
See the first shot below.
Now I am pretty sure this is from an XJ radio but not positive.
See how one of the wires is identified as ANT.
I always assumed this wire signaled the power antennae to go up or down as the radio was turned on or off.
This is just a guess. I repeat. Just a guess.
I have poked around a bit about trying to put a power antennae in my '00 that did not come with one.
Buddy of mine in Norway, I am in the US, even got one and sent it to me.
Here is a couple shots of it to give you an idea of what lurks under there. LOL.
Last idea is just pull sucker and install a fixed one.
Wish I could be of more help but this is all I got.
 

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Guessing you are not in the US. Cause almost positive that a power antennae in an XJ is just an Export thing.
So best I can tell is that you are right about it not being separate from the radio itself.
So I have ideas.
Guessing the antennae is in the up position.
First would be just to disconnect it.
Probably would be the best idea but probably not the easiest.
Cause I don't know where you can get at it.
Maybe if you remove the inner plastic fender.
Might have to pull the whole fender.
Might actually be inside the Jeep so you would have to get at it from under the dash.
Who knows if that is even possible without taking some or most of the dash apart.
If I had to guess I would lean towards needing to access it from under the dash.
But if you remove the inner fender you might be able to pull it out and get at it that way.
If you do that then you have to make sure you put the plug back in properly so water can't get in there after.
My second idea is just a guess.
If you look at a factory radio in a Jeep sometimes you see this.
See the first shot below.
Now I am pretty sure this is from an XJ radio but not positive.
See how one of the wires is identified as ANT.
I always assumed this wire signaled the power antennae to go up or down as the radio was turned on or off.
This is just a guess. I repeat. Just a guess.
I have poked around a bit about trying to put a power antennae in my '00 that did not come with one.
Buddy of mine in Norway, I am in the US, even got one and sent it to me.
Here is a couple shots of it to give you an idea of what lurks under there. LOL.
Last idea is just pull sucker and install a fixed one.
Wish I could be of more help but this is all I got.
Wowza, amazing reply! Much appreciated 🙏🏽
You may be right about either pulling the plug... assuming it can be tracked, or just replacing entirely...
and yes yes, an XJ from Australia over here! Hmm options!

Also good luck installing yours, if you're still persuing the mission!
 

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Wowza, amazing reply! Much appreciated 🙏🏽
You may be right about either pulling the plug... assuming it can be tracked, or just replacing entirely...
and yes yes, an XJ from Australia over here! Hmm options!

Also good luck installing yours, if you're still persuing the mission!
No problem just hope it is useful and right.
I want to put one in mine and told my buddy this.
And he found one on a parts Jeep that he was raiding for parts.
Thing is I tried to tell him not to send it.
See I have never seen one up close and personal.
In a lot of instances I need to pull the parts to get an idea of what is going on.
Also from my research I believe the little chrome thing that the antennae comes
through on top of the fender to be different between a fixed one and a power one.
He did not send me that.
Also if I had pulled this I would have clipped the connector off the harness that attaches to the connector on the antennae.
So I would have a pig tail and maybe achieve a cleaner install.
When he said he was going to do this I tried to explain to him what I needed but...
Thinking the language barrier got in the way some. LOL.
 

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I believe Ralph to be on the right track. The ant wire at the radio is a sense wire that tells the ant to rise or lower. The 3 prong connector would be power, ground and the ant sense wire from the radio. I cannot confirm this ATM but it's just a swag!
 

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I believe Ralph to be on the right track. The ant wire at the radio is a sense wire that tells the ant to rise or lower. The 3 prong connector would be power, ground and the ant sense wire from the radio. I cannot confirm this ATM but it's just a swag!
Kinda been wondering about that. Betting you are right for most part.
But thinking that the wires that are power and ground switch back and forth being power and ground.
Cause the motor has to reverse itself to retract so....
Does that make any sense? LOL.
 

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Here is the radio diagram for a 98 RHD :) no sign of an antennae wire. May have been an aftermarket addon from a previous owner.
 

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Here is the radio diagram for a 98 RHD :) no sign of an antennae wire. May have been an aftermarket addon from a previous owner.
While it could be there is a power antennae listed in the parts catalogs.
The only reference I could find for it in the FSM was this.
But it doesn't tell you a thing.
 

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While it could be there is a power antennae listed in the parts catalogs.
The only reference I could find for it in the FSM was this.
But it doesn't tell you a thing.
This is great to reference for sure, but the mystery continues...
Maybe it was an aftermarket add-on... seems like an odd thing to add, but each to their own if so!
I may have a dig around the insides near the antennae and see what things look like ⛑
 
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