How to Replace the Antenna on a 2000 Mercury Sable

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In many cases, the stock antenna on many vehicle stereos is not to the driver's liking, and the 2000 Mercury Sable is no exception. The antenna on this model is mounted on the rear end of the car within the trunk. If you want to replace the antenna in your car, you need to know if it has a fixed or a power (retractable) antenna, and the type you are replacing it with.

Things You'll Need

  • Open-ended wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Open the trunk and remove the left-side inner trim panel if you are working on a sedan-model Sable. If you have a station wagon, remove the spare tire from inside the trunk.

  • Unplug the antenna cable from radio chassis located in the ear of the car.

  • Remove the retaining nut on the outside of the car with an open-ended wrench; this nut holds the mast for a fixed antenna or the antenna itself for a power one. The antenna will still be in place on a power antenna and will be removed with the assembly.

  • Disconnect the nuts and/or screws on the inside of the trunk to remove the inner antenna or the antenna assembly. For a power antenna, disconnect the electrical connector for the antenna motor first, then slide the antenna out of the car's mounting hole.

  • Mount the new antenna assembly or inner antenna in place within the inner rear end of the car and apply its mounting nuts/screws. Connect the motor's electrical connector (if equipped) and plug in the antenna cable.

  • Install the antenna mast--if you are connecting a fixed antenna--then install and tighten the mounting nut with your open-ended wrench.

  • Re-install the trunk trim panel or the spare tire.

References

  • "Ford Taurus/Sable, 1996 through 2005 (Chilton's Total Car Care Repair Manual)"; Eric Mihalyi; 2007
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