Snapped off car aerial

absfabs Posts: 573 Forumite

no, haven't been to Safari Park/Monkey Jungle yet, just the automated car wash!

The washer roller was fine, not even a twang, but the dryer bar moving from back to front snapped the roof aerial off quite cleanly, flush with the rim of the socket thing it screws into.

Got a replacement aerial today - problem is I can't figure out how to get the the tiny remainder of the broken aerial out. Gaps too small for using any plyers.
Tried tweezers but can't get enough grip/leverage to get the thing out.

Any suggestions, please? :confused:


  • cledor
    cledor Posts: 809
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    Have you tried a Magnet? Sticky tape? Blu-Tac? Chewing gum?

    Make sure any gripper lugs are loosened, probably by using an allen key.
  • saintjanet
    saintjanet Posts: 723 Forumite
    If all else fails ,you could try drilling a small hole in it and twisting it off with the drill left in place and using pliers on it,you would need a very small drill,so as not to damage the thread the new aerial will screw into.
    :) There are two sides to every story.
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  • absfabs
    absfabs Posts: 573 Forumite
    Thanks for advice, still can't shift the stump even though we found a pair of pointy plyers that just about grips it.

    I don't have the confidence to try drilling it, if drill slips I'll do a lot of damage.

    Also am not so sure anymore that it actually would unscrew, maybe it is all one part with the socket?

    So booked it into a garage for Monday, don't know what else to do :confused:
  • piggeh
    piggeh Posts: 1,723
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    seems like a waste of money asking a garage to do it. They'll probably take a drill to it anyways. If you are very vareful and start off slowly you should be alright.

    The alternative would be to take off the aeriel base off the top of the car roof, and a)see if you have more like getting the thing out when you can play around with it from underneath, or b)could get a new base part and reattach.
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  • greyteam1959
    greyteam1959 Posts: 4,560
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    Stud extractors are what you want should be able to find them fairly cheap somewhere,
    Oh and be careful when you are using them.............
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