18. Sticky antenna masts - Clean Often and use Lubricant
Last week, I was hit with the all-too-common "sticky antenna" problem. The antenna mast would only go up part way, then stop. Normally, you can just use a degreaser and a little elbow grease to clean the antenna mast sections, then spray some dry lubricant on it so that it operates smoothly. This time however, I noticed that it was binding in a couple of places. Using my hands, I had to GENTLY bend the antenna mast ever so slightly to free up the binding spots. Apparently the antenna mast got bent somehow, perhaps by hitting a flying bird or road debris. Now it works like a champ. Not bad for a 19 year old electric antenna! It's important to use a dry lubricant, rather than a spray oil. Oil will attract dust and dirt, and will cause your antenna mast to start to jam again.
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