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Old 02-05-2004, 09:19 AM   #1
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Has anyone had any bad luck using the car wash with the roof mount antenna????

I use the touchless car wash, but sometimes worry the antenna will come off during the blow drying step.
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Old 02-05-2004, 09:30 AM   #2
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If it can handle being driven down the road at 70MPH in a thunderstorm (it's intended use is to be on the outside of your car) then I wouldn't worry about a car wash.

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Old 02-05-2004, 09:54 AM   #3
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I wash my car every week religiously. Wherever I can on the road and at one of the do it yourself car washes in town when I'm at home.

I have had both the bigger magnetic antenna and now the new smaller streamer on my car. Both have gone through touchless and softcloth automatic car washes and also face the brush at my local wash.

No problems. The magenetic antenna (the one with the PNP's & Kenwood's) hold in place without questions, the small stream antenna has little magnets and I have glued it down with 3M Adhesive.
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I have the magnetic antenna that looks like a computer mouse, mounted above and behind the windshield. Been throught car washes three or four times (brushless and with brush kinds. No problem.
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Old 02-06-2004, 02:35 PM   #5
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I've had Sirius antennas knocked off both my wife's van and my pickup due to the carwash blower. Anyone who says "if it survives at 80mph..." isn't thinking straight. The carwash is very different. First, on the road, the airflow is parallel to the path of the vehicle - not straight down against it, as in the carwash. The speed, volume and concentration of the air in the carwash is the difference. Plus, with both of my vehicles, the antenna is less than a foot from the blower.

I don't use the carwash air blower any longer.
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Old 02-06-2004, 02:51 PM   #6
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I wonder what kind of antenna you have? Really, this has to be an isolated incident. Most of these antennas will stay on through ANY car wash.

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I've had Sirius antennas knocked off both my wife's van and my pickup due to the carwash blower. Anyone who says "if it survives at 80mph..." isn't thinking straight. The carwash is very different. First, on the road, the airflow is parallel to the path of the vehicle - not straight down against it, as in the carwash. The speed, volume and concentration of the air in the carwash is the difference. Plus, with both of my vehicles, the antenna is less than a foot from the blower.

I don't use the carwash air blower any longer.
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Old 02-06-2004, 04:58 PM   #7
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Never had a problem with mine on my car going through the auto wash / dry.
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Old 02-06-2004, 06:18 PM   #8
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The Audiovox antenna is magnetically mounted on the trunk. I never had a problem with the antenna moving. The wire runs under the trunk lid and is held in place with foam rubber tape.

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the one on my skifi(mouse type) is pretty much immovable no matter how hard the air blows.. its INSIDE the spoiler of my Z28 nestled between the 2 brakelights there. nice and invisible. Non-metallic black paint, fiberglass spoiler. excellent hidden location. if you have such a vehical and and a nonmetallic paint, try such a location yourself. a good test install would be to let the wire drop out below the brakelight and run it inside through the rear of the hatch and to the reciever. i finally ran the wire through the spoiler alongside the brakelight power wires... damn was THAT a pain to get done. additional trouble since it was a 2wire setup.
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The Audiovox antenna is magnetically mounted on the trunk. I never had a problem with the antenna moving. The wire runs under the trunk lid and is held in place with foam rubber tape.

You can view pictures of the installation at: http://www.cardomain.com/id/caryb
very nice system you got there. that indash monitor is very slick. also gotta love the dog.
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The Audiovox antenna is magnetically mounted on the trunk. I never had a problem with the antenna moving. The wire runs under the trunk lid and is held in place with foam rubber tape.

You can view pictures of the installation at: http://www.cardomain.com/id/caryb
very fancy setup!
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Old 02-06-2004, 08:56 PM   #12
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My Durango in Alaska has had a Sirius and antenna hook up for almost 2 years, been thru the carwash- with blow dryers- many times. If it can survive Alaskan weather, it can survive anything!!
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Alaska doesn't get tornadoes that often i imagine.. Kansas should do quite nicely as a wind test..
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We get Chinooks!! (Extreme winter winds) A nice 80 mph breeze in January will convince you are in TROUBLE!)
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I wonder what kind of antenna you have? Really, this has to be an isolated incident. Most of these antennas will stay on through ANY car wash.
They are both original Terks. If you saw the proximity between the antennas and the blower output, I don't think you'd consider it an isolated incident. Perhaps there are other carwashes that are configured differently that may have less impact.
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