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SIII XJ6 Radio Antenna Relay Fix

SIII XJ6 Radio Antenna Relay Fix

BJ Kroppe

Hi all.

Here's a quick and dirty fix for those flaky radio antenna relays.

    Symptom:
  • Radio antenna won't go up sometimes.
    Problem:
  • Flaky relay in boot. I hit the rear bumper with my fist to shake the relay and the antenna pops up.
    Fix:
  • Remove boot carpet and false floor
  • Locate antenna relay, at rear of boot (towards bumper) on left side. Remove relay. Note colors of wires and terminals they are attached to, if you don't have a wiring diagram. I suggest you get a wiring diagram.
  • With relay on work bench, use two small flat screwdrivers to pry the relay circuit board out of the plastic housing. It is not glued or staked together - just snapped. Be careful.
  • Inspect for broken or burned components. I had none. Squirt electronic contact cleaner all over everything. I used the stuff available at Radio Shack.
  • Let dry overnight or shoot with clean compressed air.
  • Assembly is the reverse of removal.

I have had 100% functional antenna since doing this fix. This will not fix a broken mast or motor or sticky mast. Just the flaky relay.

B.J. Kroppe - '82 XJ6.


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