DIY: Volkswagen MKIV Antenna Removal & Repair





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Published on Feb 18, 2011

Video tutorial on how to remove the radio antenna from a Volkswagen Golf MK4 and repair on a budget. As for removing the antenna from a Jetta or Bora MK4, the procedure it slightly different to gain access to the antenna nut. This antenna can be replaced either with an OEM unit or a shark fine rather than repairing the existing assembly. After a while, the moisture does penetrate the internals and will corrode the electronics, which in turn prevents the booster in the antenna from working correctly. This will eventually give your radio poor reception. After this repair the antenna worked excellent and I put about 100,000km on the car until I decided to sell it. This particular tutorial was done on a 2004 Volkswagen Golf.

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Tools/Supplies Needed:
-trim removal tool
-flat (standard) screwdriver
-phillips screwdriver
-3/8" ratchet
-22mm socket
-solder gun
-short piece of 18 gauge wire

-remove the plastic trim at the rear of the headliner where the hatch opening is, can be done by hand or with a trim removal tool
-there will be 5 clips in total that need to be disconnect along the center of the trim
-remove the center retaining clip from under that plastic trim which holds in the rear of the headliner up using a flat (standard) screwdriver or trim removal tool
-move seat belt height adjusters all the way down on the rear pillars
-pull back the pillar trim, there will be four clips on each side to disconnect
-remove the antenna assembly by removing the large 22mm nut on the underside of the roof
-unclip the wiring
-disconnect the antenna wire
-moving onto the antenna repair, try removing the two phillips screws
-open up the assembly and clean out any of the corrosion
-if the circuit board is not functions, break it out
-solder a wire from the base plate to the end cap, 18 gauge should be sufficient for the job
-apply silicon to the inside of the antenna, ensure that the whole unit is sealed up so moisture cannot penetrate the inside
-allow for the silicon to harden
-if corrosion is found on the antenna connection, clean it accordingly
-apply some dielectric grease so it prevents from further corrosion
-installation in reverse

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