Power Antenna Issues on 2000 Toyota 4Runner

A couple weeks ago my antenna stopped working, so I did some research and ordered a new antenna off the interenet. When it came in I ended up having to take the wheel liner off to gain access to the antenna motor. I took it apart and removed the broken pieces of cable. I then put it all back together and remounted it to the car. I then feed the cable back in through after a friend turned the radio off. The antenna went all the way down as it should have; however, once I screwed on the cap and turned the radio power back on nothing happens. I took the antenna motor out again to find that the motor keep retracting the cord to the point that i pull the cord out of the antenna. I tried this a couple times with the same result. Any one have any suggestions?

by in Smyrna, GA on March 24, 2009
2 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by on March 24, 2009
Turn the key on and the radio on and wait for the motor to stop, once it stops turn the radio off and the motor will retract, at that time feed the new antenna cable into the opening until the gear grabs it and pulls it in.
COMMENT by on March 24, 2009
Here's a site that shows the antenna replacement and they talk about matching the length of the plastic tractor drive.http://www.carstereohelp.com/stereoremovalToy4Runr2PwrAnt.htm
ANSWER by on March 24, 2009
That is what I did. Once it is all the way retracted, I turn it back on and nothing happens you can just hear the motor running. When I take it apart, it turns out the whole cord is in the motor and detached from the antenna. BTW this is my second antenna...I bought one previously that wouldn't work. I returned it and got this one thinking something was wrong with the first.

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