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Old 04-12-2010, 01:45 PM
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Replacing the antenna grommet on my z3

Iím having problems removing the antenna grommet on my z3. Can someone please advise me on this procedure? I have a power top do I need to remove the motor to access the antenna? This the mast antenna not a powered one.
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:54 PM
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I just did this a few weeks ago. You will need to remove the trunk carpet on the driver side. You will also need to take the power top pump and antenna base loose. You can then lower the antenna base out of the grommet and remove the old grommet from the fender. The install is the reverse.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:07 PM
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Couple nuts is all it takes to loosen, then lay aside the pump.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:34 PM
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This work for me.

Remove the antenna. I found a long screw with the correct threads that I screw into the antenna base. Gently push the antenna down until free of old grommet. Remove old grommet. Insert new grommet. Hold new grommet down and gently pull the screw that was screwed into antenna base up. Antenna base will slip into the grommet. Remove screw and re-install antenna. Usual precautions need to be followed.
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:34 PM
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I've done this twice without removing anything but antenna

Unscrew antenna, grab needle nose pliers and pull the old grommet out (be careful not to scratch the paint, some tape around the area won't hurt). Get some soapy water or equivalent and push down hard on the new grommet, done.
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:57 AM
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Unscrew antenna, grab needle nose pliers and pull the old grommet out (be careful not to scratch the paint, some tape around the area won't hurt). Get some soapy water or equivalent and push down hard on the new grommet, done.
I used this very method.. I didn't even have to open the trunk. Super easy.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:31 AM
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Unscrew antenna, grab needle nose pliers and pull the old grommet out (be careful not to scratch the paint, some tape around the area won't hurt). Get some soapy water or equivalent and push down hard on the new grommet, done.
This is exactly what I did, although on the re-install I had to modify the antenna base a bit because the grommet was much taller than the original and the antenna screw wouldn't reach the socket.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:43 AM
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Thank you all for posting. I will fix this tonight.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:46 AM
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It worked like a charm. Thank you all!
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:54 PM
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After removing the antenna an the old cracked grommet, I placed a long flat screw to hold the antenna base. To soften the grommet I placed it in the microwave oven for 18 seconds, be careful it will be hot. Replace it back on the antenna base while holding the screw and the grommet slided very easily.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:41 AM
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I just did this and had absolutely zero problems with unscrewing the mast, putting the new grommet on (soaped up) and pressing it in.

MUCH quicker than disassembling, but then again, my old grommet was so bad I was able to take it out in pieces. If it were in better shape I probably would have had to disassemble to get it out.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:42 AM
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Replacing the antenna grommet on my Z3

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This is exactly what I did, although on the re-install I had to modify the antenna base a bit because the grommet was much taller than the original and the antenna screw wouldn't reach the socket.
I ran into this problem. What sort of modification did you do Doc?

Any other suggestions for this issue?
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:00 PM
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for those saying the grommet was taller, it's possible that the antenna base is not fully inserted all the way up into the grommet. You should get a distinct pop or feel it slide into a locked and fully inserted position. At first i thought the grommet was too tall then realized it was not fully seated.
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:55 AM
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Thanks for your help - I used the long screw method.

After removing old grommet, I first inserted a long screw into antenna base, then seated the new grommet to the fender and then pulled the antenna base up with the use of vise grips pulling up on the the screw until the antenna base seats into the bottom side of the grommet. Note: Make sure you correctly align the grommet before seating it to the fender.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:16 PM
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I have a '96 non power antenna, suggestions on where to purchase a new one?

All help appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:48 AM
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:44 AM
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Did mine a few weeks ago, soap and water and about 10 minutes to complete.
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:31 AM
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Thank you everyone Easy job, Chucked the Grommet in microwave for 20 sec and then dipped it in dish washing detergent and it popped right in without a hassle .... I just hope it going to be just as easy fitting the new door handle rubber surrounds .. and the rear window :/
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:42 PM
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I also had the problem with it not being fully seated so the antenna screw couldn't connect. I used a rubber mallet and gave it a tap. It made a suction/popping sound and it seated perfectly as I saw the threads come into view.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:42 PM
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Just replaced mine over the weekend. Boiled some soapy water in the microwave. Dropped the grommet in the boiling, soapy water for about 5 minutes. Installed and seated it by hand. Easy fix. Now if all the other issues were this easy to fix!
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:32 AM
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Just replaced my grommet this morning. Removed the antenna from the base, removed the mounting nut holding the base to the car, and then was able to push the base up out of the fender hole a little (no need for a long bolt, just hold the bottom of the base with your hand). I applied some silicone grease to the inside of the grommet and to the "ball" on the antenna base. The grommet popped right on the ball without any heating (with the added benefit of providing some sealing), and then slid easily back down into the fender hole. Tightened the mounting nut back up, screwed the antenna back into the base, and done.
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Unscrew antenna, grab needle nose pliers and pull the old grommet out (be careful not to scratch the paint, some tape around the area won't hurt). Get some soapy water or equivalent and push down hard on the new grommet, done.
Just like you said. Did it. Done.
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Old 03-08-2014, 04:04 PM
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Just like you said. Did it. Done.
I've had my car 14 years now, replaced the grommet twice in that timespan.
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That's how I did it no need for stripping stuff out pumps etc....
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