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Would it be ok to cut and join car aerial cable

Discussion in 'Electrics, Vacuum, Ignition and ECU' started by mercmancdi, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. mercmancdi

    mercmancdi Senior Member

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    I need a aerial fitted but don't fancy feeding the new cable right round and down to rear of radio so was thinking of cutting the new cable and joining it to the original one up at the roof ,,, or if I joined the new cable to the end of the old one would it ever pull through ,,knowing my luck it would probably get stuck half way. Any ideas ?
     
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    RE Aerial

    Why would you want to fit an external Aerial ?
    clk's already have one :D
     
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    Hi,
    Are you trying to replace the original Co-ax? from the ariel amp at the rear screen to the head unit?
     
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    You can do an in line join, antenna inner wires tend to be very thin a the coax is air spaced

    What you need to do is cut the outer plastic sheath off about 1½" back, push the braiding back and by using a pointed object you can separate the wires to make a hole in the braiding, bend the inner wire back on itself and pull it through the hole that you have made in the braiding, pull the braiding straight and you effectively 2 wires. now do not try and cut the plastic off the inner wire,use a lighter or match and get it hot and you can pull it off with your finger nail, you need about ¼" of plastic left. twist the inner wires together and solder, insulate, then twist the outer braids together and solder then insulate, or you could slide some heat shrink over the cable before you start.

    I did have some pictures on doing this, but they are gone,,,I can put some up tomorrow
     
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    Just to clarify its for a old w124 the aerials broke off .
     
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    cant you just replace the mast, like the 202?
     
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    Thanks you may be right as the cable may be connected with the eye fitting over the bolt in the mask. Have to drop interior light off to check.
     
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    theyre usually in the rear wing! is it an estate?
     
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    Don't know but this is 1995 ,its on roof front centre ,unless its been tampered with at a time.
     
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    :lol:...the 1st thing i saw was....Would it be ok to cut and join car :Oops:
     
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    There's a few knocking about ,I bought a mini once and I left it into a local garage to check it on the ramp for rust round sub frame etc ,he rang and asked which one i wanted checked as he thought there was 3 cars welded together.:Oops: £250 down the drain.
     
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    Fitted aerial today and was able to use existing cable ,its much better picking up most M W stations but struggling with some F M , could the radio be a bit of a dud just stuck in to fill the hole.
    Any chance the old cable is getting a bad contact ie earth or if this was the case would it not pick up the M W stations so easy as it does.
    It's not the original radio.
     

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