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Old 12-27-2007, 03:21 PM   #1
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How do I disconnect my Antenna?

So...I'm a newbie...female...no car experience whatsoever.

Had a friend replace my battery for my 03 TL Type S w/Navi this past weekend and my radio code won't work. Been told by 3 different dealerships that I have to disconnect the antenna. My dealership wanted to charge me $100 for that!

Can someone describe to me...in layman's terms, the step by step method of disconnecting the antenna...from removing my console paneling to actually disconnecting the antenna?

Whatever help and advice would be appreciated! Thank you so much!
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Check out this link:

http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=169565

Forum member acutee has some nice instructions:

It is very easy:
1. pull up the side wood panel, on driver's side by the cup holder, starting from the rear. it is just clip-on.
2. remove driver knee panel, very easy, just a few screws.
3. remove the side panel below the woodtrim on #1.
4. use a nose pliers and pull the antenna out.
5. reverse order to install.


And you may not even need pliars if you can reach your hand behind the radio.

But before trying the antenna disconnect trick, try pulling the radio fuse as mentioned by merkin110 in this thread:

http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=170820

"I had the exact same issue and all I did was removed the radio fuse from the passenger side fuse box and then enter in the code."
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Old 12-28-2007, 12:53 AM   #3
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For a female, everybody will help LOL.
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welcome to the forum Emma.

Bob pretty much just summed it up for ya.


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You guys are all AWESOME! Thank you! Will try to give it a whirl this evening after work.

I hate to sound like those helpless females, but unfortunately, I just don't know about cars and refuse to pay $100 to get my radio to work just because I decided to have a friend change out the battery instead of the dealerships.

Been an Acura owner for 5 years and am barely discovering this site now. It's so nice to see that there are others out there who experience some of the same problems I have with my TL. And everyone's super nice and helpful. You guys are going into my Favorites folder!
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Welcome to the forum.

Hope the info helps. If you have any other questions or problems feel free to ask.
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You guys are all AWESOME! Thank you! Will try to give it a whirl this evening after work.

I hate to sound like those helpless females, but unfortunately, I just don't know about cars and refuse to pay $100 to get my radio to work just because I decided to have a friend change out the battery instead of the dealerships.

Been an Acura owner for 5 years and am barely discovering this site now. It's so nice to see that there are others out there who experience some of the same problems I have with my TL. And everyone's super nice and helpful. You guys are going into my Favorites folder!
Let us know how it turns out and which one of the solutions worked for you.
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or pulling the fuse like stated above is good
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i would just pull the radio fuse but if you are not able to read the diagram you can also just disconnect the battery again and wait like 5 min before connecting it back which will allow you to re enter a new set of code before locking itself agian
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So far, I've tried all the suggestions that don't involve pulling the radio antenna out and have not been successful. Looks like it'll have to be removal of my panels to get to the antenna. This will be interesting...will keep you all posted with the results.
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So far, I've tried all the suggestions that don't involve pulling the radio antenna out and have not been successful. Looks like it'll have to be removal of my panels to get to the antenna. This will be interesting...will keep you all posted with the results.
Its really not that hard. You only have to remove the wood trim and one side panel. It should only take a few min to do.
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i would just pull the radio fuse but if you are not able to read the diagram you can also just disconnect the battery again and wait like 5 min before connecting it back which will allow you to re enter a new set of code before locking itself agian
Thats not the problem. On some radios the antenna has to be pulled out inorder for the radio to accept the code
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Hallelujah!! Success! High fives all around!

With a little bit of help, I was able to get my radio up and running again after a week of silence. I followed BraveDemon's step-by-step instructions on disconnecting the antenna and everything worked out perfectly (after about 50 mins!).

Thank you to all my new friends who have been kind enough to take the time to help out. See you around on the boards!

And Happy New Year to all!
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That great news! Thanks for the update.

Did you follow BraveDemon's step by step instructions in the following thread?

http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=150428
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That great news! Thanks for the update.

Did you follow BraveDemon's step by step instructions in the following thread?

http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=150428

Yes I did. They were very descriptive and easy to follow. Perfect for the completely clueless!
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Yes I did. They were very descriptive and easy to follow. Perfect for the completely clueless!
Yes, those are very descriptive instructions.

To keep everything in one thread for future reference, here they are again, courtesy of BraveDemon:

You don't need to take the radio out.

1. On your driver side panel, get a flat head screw driver and pop off the wood trim.

2. Take out the 3-4 screws holding on the driver side panel that runs from the armrest to where the steering column begins. Note: There is also one screw right next to the steering column that is not directly visible. Make sure you unscrew this screw before taking off the panel!!!

3. Gently bend the area that attaches to the center arm rest area and pry away the side panel.

4. Now you should have access to the left side of the radio. There will be alot of wires there, and hardly any room to move around. Don't worry. For step four run into the house and get some needle nose pliers.

5. With either hand, reach beind the radio and feel the bottem left corner. You should feel a wire right at the corner of the radio unit. At the point where it actually goes into the radio, it should feel like a metal circle with rivets in it. (It should feel like the head of the self screwing bolts that are common these days on computers to hold the side panels on)

6. With the needle nose pliers, carefully grab hold of the metal circular portion of the wire and push the wire back - away from the radio unit. It should pop out. You DO NOT need to pull it back too far, just enough so that it's no longer firmly in place.

7. Turn on the electrical power in the car.

8. Type in your radio code. It will work now.

It really is a shame that the dealerships will charge $100 of more to do this.
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maybe that thread should be stickied..
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Just a quick headsup (found this thread via Google) - this problem continues unabated, and the solution remains the same:
My 2003 TL-S started rejecting the Radio code in 2009 after a battery change - and the dealership ripped me off to the tune of +$100 to do whatever they had to do to "fix" this. Fast forward to early 2013 : new battery, same thing. Followed the instructions here to take off the kick panel and unplugged the antenna, entered the code, put it all back together, for about a 40-min total, most of which was spent reaching for the most-hidden screw near the steering wheel: pushing down the panel under the steering wheel (only the right side moves) and jamming a small Maglite flashlight into it, and then using a long screw driver forward over the right side gets it. I took some pictures, looking to upload and post them here...
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