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When I turn on my radio on my 2002 Lexus RX 300, the antenna motor makes a horrible grinding sound for about one minute. The antenna doesn't go up or down anymore; it's stuck in the upright position. What kind of damage am I looking at here; what might have caused it; and how much, in the ballpark, what might it cost to have repaired? By the way, the radio works like a dream. This happens whenever I turn my radio on or off. No bad noises when I adjust the volume.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Teri, Thank you for writing into askpatty!! You may be looking at an antennae motor replacement, this may have stripped an internal plastic gear, common on higher mileage vehicles. This can be obtained from an online, local auto parts, or salvage yard. The labor should be no more than $120 to replace depending on your wage demographic.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Teri, I suspect the noise you are hearing is the antenna motor trying to move the antenna like it use to. Hard to say what the cost would be until you find out why the antenna is not going up and down like it should. If you don't care if it goes up and down, you could find out from your Lexus mechanic if there is fuse you can remove to prevent the motor being over taxed and then you can enjoy your radio.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at There's an antenna mast, motor & cable. You would need to have a mechanic diagnose & figure out exactly what needs to be replaced. You're looking at anywhere between a 1/2 hour to 2 hours in labor plus parts.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive Sounds like the motorized part of the antenna went on strike. You are most likely in the $400-$800 range depending on the cost of the antenna assembly and the shops labor rate.

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