I replaced the antenna mast on our 1990 XJ-S convertible a
couple of years ago because the mast occasionally stuck part way going
down and no manner of cleaning or straightening the mast made any
difference. A partially retracted antenna mast did not appear proper on
a Jaguar. I haven’t replaced the antenna on any of our Series III XJ6
cars, but I suspect it’s the same basic product and procedure.
I found a supplier on ebay advertising replacement antenna
masts and purchased one. The instructions were excellent and the entire
removal of the old mast and replacement with a new one only took a few
minutes. I did not have to remove the antenna motor assembly, only the
mast along with the toothed white plastic cable that moves the mast up
and down. I was amazed at how quick and easy it was to replace. It was
an inexpensive fix ($20?) and I haven’t had any problems since then with
the radio antenna going up and down properly in our 1990 XJ-S.
Be sure to purchase the correct one for your year and model
Jaguar. Try searching on ebay for “Jaguar antenna” and see what’s
there. If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, send an email
to some of the ebay advertisers and see if they have exactly what you
Paul M. Novak
1990 XJ-S Classic Collection convertible
1987 XJ6 Vanden Plas
1985 XJ6 Vanden Plas (parts)
1984 XJ6 Vanden Plas
1969 E-Type FHC
1957 MK VIII Saloon
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2009 6:53 AM
Subject: [xj] Power antenna
Has anyone had any luck replacing just the steel mast and plastic
cable on their power antenna? My cable is broken but the motor and
mast are fine. I guess I could pull it up when I need it and push
it down when I don’t, but that’s not very Jaguar like now is it.
It’s OE and I really hate to change to an aftermarket unit.
Tim '83 VDP '60 MGA '69 MGB '86 XJ6 (Parts)
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