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2002 Lexus Rx 300 (Antenna Busted)

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Hey, I've made an account so I can ask you guys a quick question.

It's an older car so the fact that it still uses a retractable antenna just slipped my mind. No excuse, I'm stupid, I forgot to turn off the radio going into a softcloth carwash in my mom's 2002 RX 300. It's bent, but when I turn the radio on and off, I can heard the motor trying to retract the antenna.

Where can I buy an antenna? (cheapest as possible)

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Hey, I've made an account so I can ask you guys a quick question.

It's an older car so the fact that it still uses a retractable antenna just slipped my mind. No excuse, I'm stupid, I forgot to turn off the radio going into a softcloth carwash in my mom's 2002 RX 300. It's bent, but when I turn the radio on and off, I can heard the motor trying to retract the antenna.

Where can I buy an antenna? (cheapest as possible)

Do you have ANY mechanical ability? If you do, you can purchase the OEM (original Lexus) antenna MAST on E-bay for about $25. or an aftermarket (made in China, but nice product for about $12. plus shipping. Those prices are a fraction of what just the MAST would cost at Lexus, I think about $100. You don't need the whole antenna, just the mast. If you ARE able to replace it yourself, I'll see if I can PM you instructions to do it. TURN THE RADIO OFF, and leave it off until the mast is replaced or you may very well burn out the motor and then you will need the complete antenna, at a MUCH higher cost.

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Hey, I've made an account so I can ask you guys a quick question.

It's an older car so the fact that it still uses a retractable antenna just slipped my mind. No excuse, I'm stupid, I forgot to turn off the radio going into a softcloth carwash in my mom's 2002 RX 300. It's bent, but when I turn the radio on and off, I can heard the motor trying to retract the antenna.

Where can I buy an antenna? (cheapest as possible)

Do you have ANY mechanical ability? If you do, you can purchase the OEM (original Lexus) antenna MAST on E-bay for about $25. or an aftermarket (made in China, but nice product for about $12. plus shipping. Those prices are a fraction of what just the MAST would cost at Lexus, I think about $100. You don't need the whole antenna, just the mast. If you ARE able to replace it yourself, I'll see if I can PM you instructions to do it. TURN THE RADIO OFF, and leave it off until the mast is replaced or you may very well burn out the motor and then you will need the complete antenna, at a MUCH higher cost.

Sorry but is there a link you can provide me for the purchase? Whats the difference between the MAST and the antenna. I plan to take it to a friend mechanic to do it!

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The mast is just the part that goes up and down (with the white nylon gear strip attached. This is what you most likely need) The antenna would be the whole assembly. This is the E-bay link for antenna masts and some antennas also.http://motors.shop.ebay.com/_Car-Truck-Parts-Accessories__?_sacat=6030&_dmpt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&_m2home=1&Make=Lexus&Model=RX&_myi=1999-2

Here are some specific links for aftermarket masts and also for OEM (factory) masts. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RX-300-1999-2003-Power-Antenna-MAST-RX300-Lexus-A33-/330502687083?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item4cf37ec9

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Lexus-RX300-POWER-ANTENNA-MAST-1999-2003-NEW-2-/230571153381?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item35af1c97e5#ht_2167wt_941

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Power-Antenna-Mast-1999-2000-2001-2002-2003-Lexus-RX300-/190498409252?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2c5a

These are just a sample of what's there. I have put both the OEM and the aftermarket in and found even the aftermarket to be satisfactory, as long as it is STAINLESS STEEL. Choice is yours.

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The mast is just the part that goes up and down (with the white nylon gear strip attached. This is what you most likely need) The antenna would be the whole assembly. This is the E-bay link for antenna masts and some antennas also.http://motors.shop.ebay.com/_Car-Truck-Parts-Accessories__?_sacat=6030&_dmpt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&_m2home=1&Make=Lexus&Model=RX&_myi=1999-2

Here are some specific links for aftermarket masts and also for OEM (factory) masts. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RX-300-1999-2003-Power-Antenna-MAST-RX300-Lexus-A33-/330502687083?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item4cf37ec9

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Lexus-RX300-POWER-ANTENNA-MAST-1999-2003-NEW-2-/230571153381?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item35af1c97e5#ht_2167wt_941

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Power-Antenna-Mast-1999-2000-2001-2002-2003-Lexus-RX300-/190498409252?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2c5a

These are just a sample of what's there. I have put both the OEM and the aftermarket in and found even the aftermarket to be satisfactory, as long as it is STAINLESS STEEL. Choice is yours.

How do I know whether I need the MAST or the whole antenna assembly (with motor I assume?) I can still hear the motor try to retract and go up and radio works fine with a mess up antenna. What's your take on which I need?

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The mast is just the part that goes up and down (with the white nylon gear strip attached. This is what you most likely need) The antenna would be the whole assembly. This is the E-bay link for antenna masts and some antennas also.http://motors.shop.ebay.com/_Car-Truck-Parts-Accessories__?_sacat=6030&_dmpt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&_m2home=1&Make=Lexus&Model=RX&_myi=1999-2

Here are some specific links for aftermarket masts and also for OEM (factory) masts. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RX-300-1999-2003-Power-Antenna-MAST-RX300-Lexus-A33-/330502687083?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item4cf37ec9

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Lexus-RX300-POWER-ANTENNA-MAST-1999-2003-NEW-2-/230571153381?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item35af1c97e5#ht_2167wt_941

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Power-Antenna-Mast-1999-2000-2001-2002-2003-Lexus-RX300-/190498409252?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2c5a

These are just a sample of what's there. I have put both the OEM and the aftermarket in and found even the aftermarket to be satisfactory, as long as it is STAINLESS STEEL. Choice is yours.

How do I know whether I need the MAST or the whole antenna assembly (with motor I assume?) I can still hear the motor try to retract and go up and radio works fine with a mess up antenna. What's your take on which I need?

There's NO reason you should need the whole antenna assembly, unless you continue to play the radio, because that causes the antenna to want to go up and down when the car is turned on and off, and MAY end up burning the motor up, then you will need a complete antenna assembly. TURN THE RADIO OFF AND LEAVE IT OFF!!!, until you get the mast replaced!. I would suggest getting a genuine Lexus mast, but the aftermarket works fine if money is tight.

The 1st link I posted is the OEM (Lexus) mast, the 2nd and 3rd are 2 different sources of aftermarket mast suppliers.

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