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Run wire for Radio antenna

So I got my new wiring for the radio antenna today, but I have no idea how I'm supposed to get it to hook up to the outside antenna. I can see where I have to run the wiring, but how do I get to the point where I connect the wire to the antenna? Does it just pop off on the outside or what?
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You can access the cable in the interior by dropping the glove box.

The antenna mast screws into its base. The base can be removed by unsnapping the base cap and removing 3 screws. There's a good chance that you will need to drop the rear of the plastic inner fender to gain access to run the new cable to the fender hole.
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Yeah, I can see where I have to run it when the glove box is down. I got the antenna mast unscrewed too. So the black base that the mast sits on can snap up? I started to try that but didn't want to force anything in case it wouldn't snap up. I'll see what I can do now...
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Ok, so I got the old wire out. I tried to tape the new one on so i could just pull that up through the hole while pulling the old one out. That didn't work. So now I can't figure out how to get the damn wire back into the hole behind the glove box, I can't even see the hole where I'm supposed to run the wire, behind the glove box or down the hole where the antenna mounts. Any help on finding it?
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Yeah thats the hardest part, you're just gonna have to tinker with it and snake through as much as you can..good luck
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Do you know where the hole that goes in the cab behind the glove box is in relation to where you can peek down in the mounting hole? I got a flashlight and am looking around down there and can't even see a place where to put the wire to.
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Yeah you wont even be able to see it, it is in its own little cubby up there.. you'll get it through sooner or later
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Easier to go from inside behind the glove box up, or from the outside down in?
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I'm almost positive I went in from the outside
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There has got to be an easier way then what I'm doing. I'm smashing my hand trying to feel for any type of hole. The only hole I can even find is one that leads to the inner part of the front quarter on the passenger side fender. Going from the inside out, all I can see is the airbag above my face when looking up. Is the hole directly beneath the antenna mount, to the right, or to the left?

I wish I had smaller hands...
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Take the passenger airbag out(2 bolts and a connector hold it in), it will help you out (i know i shoulda mentioned it before but forgot about that lil detail)
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That still doesn't seem to be any help...does anyone have any pictures or ideas on where the hole is or how to "drop the rear of the plastic inner fender to gain access to run the new cable to the fender hole"? This is getting annoying.
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There are about 4-6 bolts that hold the plastic fender well on.. you can try that but I dont know how that is going to help you, as the whole operation is up inside the dash..
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Could someone please tell me where the holes are at to run the wire are, I'm putting some pictures up becaue I have no idea where to be looking.

From the mounting hole down. Is the hole on the left, middle, or right?



Looking inside from the air bag, where do the wires run?



Looking up from the glove box, where does this damn wire go?


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There are about 4-6 bolts that hold the plastic fender well on.. you can try that but I dont know how that is going to help you, as the whole operation is up inside the dash..
Nevermind then, I was just hoping that would give me a little more room to get my hands up in there. I'm starting to get welts on my hand from squeezing it in there trying to find where to run the wire.
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Ok, thanks to 5speedin2.3 I found out where the hole was and was able to run the wire in less then a half hour . I just took a trouble light and let it sit over the hole where the antenna mount is, then went inside and the hole lit right up. Wish I would have found out earlier, but all is well now.

For anyone wondering where the hole is, it's right about the black box on the right when you take out the airbag and straight back.

Black box is on the right:



Crappy picture here but you can see the light shining through the hole that you need to run the new cable through:



Easy enough once you find the damn hole!
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Thats good to hear you got it! I figured you had already set a light up there before hand, i didnt have any luck doing that, but you did, but then again I tried that method in full day light - enjoy the improved radio reception
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Thats good to hear you got it! I figured you had already set a light up there before hand, i didnt have any luck doing that, but you did, but then again I tried that method in full day light - enjoy the improved radio reception

Yeah, I tried it with a flashlight sitting on there in the daylight, that didn't help at all. When I used the trouble light it was a much brighter light, and it was a lot darker outside. But hooray to finally getting that done.
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