How to Replace the Antenna on a Dodge Dakota

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The radio antenna on your Dodge Dakota allows you to get reception of AM and FM radio stations. Unfortunately, your antenna is perched in a precariously susceptible position to road hazards and car washes. If your original antenna ever gets broken -- or if you simply want to upgrade to an aftermarket antenna -- you can do so easily enough.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket set
  • Jack
  • Jack stand
  • Lug wrench
  • Small wrenches
  • Screwdriver
  • Pop the hood on your Dakota and remove your truck's negative battery cable, with your socket set.

  • Loosen and remove your old antenna mast.

  • Jack up the passenger side of your Dodge Dakota -- and place a jack stand under your frame -- to secure it. Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire. This will give you room to work.

  • Loosen and remove the front passenger-side wheel well liner. Unscrew them with your screwdriver. This will give you access. Unplug the old antenna wire from the antenna motor.

  • Connect the new antenna wire to the antenna motor by hand. Hold the antenna in place, and remount it with the retaining bolt.

  • Replace your wheel well liner -- put your tire back on, and tighten it down. Lower your vehicle from the jack, and re-attach your negative battery terminal.

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References

  • "Dodge Dakota & Durango, '04-'06 (Haynes Repair Manual)"; Ken Freund; 2007
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