The antenna on your vehicle allows you to listen to radio stations, and there are a number of different types of antenna cables and masts. Whether you want to listen to regular terrestrial radio or you prefer satellite radio, there is an option for you.
How to Tell If You Need a New Antenna Cable and Mast
In some cases, it is obvious that you need to have a new antenna. For example, if it has snapped off. Other times, it is more difficult to know if you need a new antenna cable or mast. If you are having trouble receiving the radio stations clearly, first make sure that the antenna connectors are tight, as this is often an issue.
What Type of Antenna Cable and Mast Is Right for You?
When you are choosing an antenna cable and mast, you need to find the replacement that will work for your needs. You can choose from several different types including satellite antennas, internal antennas, whip antennas, and retractable antennas.
Be Careful at the Car Wash
If you take your vehicle through the car wash, and you have an antenna, you need make sure that the wash will not damage it. If you have a retractable antenna, make sure that you retract it before you go through. Some of the retractable antennas are automatic, while you will have to retract the others manually.
Choosing Branded or Off Brand Antennas
When choosing the antenna mast and cable, you will find some antennas available through manufacturers and dealers specific to your car model. It is also possible to find off brand antennas to install, which often perform as well as the branded options. The antennas are available online, as well as through local electronics retailers.
Will It Work With Your Vehicle?
Before you choose any antenna cables and masts, make sure they will work well with your particular vehicle. While many vehicles will be able to utilize any antenna, there are some automobiles that will only work with certain types and brands of antenna. Before making a purchase, be sure that it will work.
The antenna cables and masts are important parts of the vehicle that often go overlooked until there is a problem. The information above can help you find the right equipment for your vehicle.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as 5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Antenna Cables and Masts and was authored by Valerie Johnston.