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PostSubject: Controlling antenna power via a switch?   Controlling antenna power via a switch? Icon_minitimeSun Jan 04, 2009 8:46 pm

In my old wagon I mounted a switch in the slider tray so I could turn off the antenna when I wanted to listen to cds in an attempt to save the antenna. When I put the factory cd player in my new wagon I forgot to run the wires off of the radio harness and, honestly, I didn't want to cut any wires in my 30,000 mile car. So the question is: How can I wire in a switch without pulling the dash apart again or cutting any wires? I don't mind gaining access under the dash but I really don't want to pull the dash face off again. It just seems like I'm asking for trouble pulling that bezel off. Any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: Controlling antenna power via a switch?   Controlling antenna power via a switch? Icon_minitimeMon Jan 05, 2009 4:45 pm

The only option that I know of short of pulling the dash apart is to find the relay for the pwr antenna and install a switch inline on the pwr lead to the relay...
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93wgn wrote:
The only option that I know of short of pulling the dash apart is to find the relay for the pwr antenna and install a switch inline on the pwr lead to the relay...
If memory serves me correct. The relay is built onto the antenna near the body of the motor.
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PostSubject: Re: Controlling antenna power via a switch?   Controlling antenna power via a switch? Icon_minitimeMon Jan 05, 2009 5:14 pm

If I remember right the plug for the antenna is near the relay cluster for the A/C and fuel pump. Mine is disconnected because it is broken and I only listen to CD's anyway, I didn't know what was unplugged under the hood of my car and plugged it back in and the antenna roared to life, I unplugged it again and left it unplugged:D.
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PostSubject: Re: Controlling antenna power via a switch?   Controlling antenna power via a switch? Icon_minitimeMon Jan 05, 2009 5:17 pm

UberWagon wrote:
If I remember right the plug for the antenna is near the relay cluster for the A/C and fuel pump. Mine is disconnected because it is broken and I only listen to CD's anyway, I didn't know what was unplugged under the hood of my car and plugged it back in and the antenna roared to life, I unplugged it again and left it unplugged:D.

Yup, the plug is right there on the inner fender. If you absolutely don't want to pull the dash apart, it would be an easy place to get to. You'd have to run the wires all the way inside though. Personally, I'd pull the dash apart, be a much cleaner install.
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