GPS Antenna repair.

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AMGeed

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The replacement antenna arrived yesterday from Germany for the grand sum of £12 inc postage so as it was nice today I thought I'd crack on and fix it.

New Antenna
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After removing the n/s boot lining the DVD drive was revealed
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When you remove a 10mm bolt from underneath, the whole unit swings out from the bodywork. Be careful not to catch any wires hanging over the steel cage.
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The blue fakra connection at the bottom left of the drive was removed and the new plug fitted. The cable was zip tied to the harness along with the old fakra cable. Its doing no harm leaving it there.
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It was also noticable that two wires in the n/s hinge harness had broken and shorted out against the hinge. Spot the black burns on the hinge?
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No idea what these wires did, but I stripped back the insulation and re -joined the two broken wires and taped them back with the rest of the hinge harness. It was at this point my camera battery failed so no more photos unfortunately.

I took Command Onlines advice and placed the new antenna in the rear parcel shelf area and securely tied back the cable away from the hinge.
After reassembly, the acid test was to see if it worked.

On turning on the Sat Nav, I still had a map of London, but I slowly drove off and within 25 metres the map flickered and I was back in Poole on the correct road shown by the map.

So thanks to all for the info I received, and I now have a working Sat Nav again and it cost me £12 and about 1.5 hrs of my time. Well pleased.
 
Do you have the web site where you bought the replacement lead please ty
The replacement antenna arrived yesterday from Germany for the grand sum of £12 inc postage so as it was nice today I thought I'd crack on and fix it.

New Antenna
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After removing the n/s boot lining the DVD drive was revealed
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When you remove a 10mm bolt from underneath, the whole unit swings out from the bodywork. Be careful not to catch any wires hanging over the steel cage.
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The blue fakra connection at the bottom left of the drive was removed and the new plug fitted. The cable was zip tied to the harness along with the old fakra cable. Its doing no harm leaving it there.
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It was also noticable that two wires in the n/s hinge harness had broken and shorted out against the hinge. Spot the black burns on the hinge?
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No idea what these wires did, but I stripped back the insulation and re -joined the two broken wires and taped them back with the rest of the hinge harness. It was at this point my camera battery failed so no more photos unfortunately.

I took Command Onlines advice and placed the new antenna in the rear parcel shelf area and securely tied back the cable away from the hinge.
After reassembly, the acid test was to see if it worked.

On turning on the Sat Nav, I still had a map of London, but I slowly drove off and within 25 metres the map flickered and I was back in Poole on the correct road shown by the map.

So thanks to all for the info I received, and I now have a working Sat Nav again and it cost me £12 and about 1.5 hrs of my time. Well pleased.

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Hi, I done the same on my W220,2005 someone on here send me an old one of theirs and I fitted and away you go.
Far better than being ripped off by MB.
 

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