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    Just went out to my car this morning and some scumbag has snapped my aerial off! Absolutely gutted, last thing I need at the moment.

    The antenna has been snapped off in the base leaving a piece still in there - is there a way to extract this?

    Of more concern is there appears to be a gap at the back of the base now where it meets the roof (not sure if it was there before or this has caused it). Would this cause the base to leak or is it sealed inside?!

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    Any advice would be appreciated!

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    Looks like they've put so much pressure on it it's bent the mounting hole the bolt goes through, lifting the whole assembly up a bit. If I was you, I'd take the back end of the roof lining down and check/remove/re-adjust it.

    Sorry to hear about this mate, there's some absolute idiots (the word sensor won't let me write what I want to here) out there that just don't respect other people's property.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-Highlander View Post
    Looks like they've put so much pressure on it it's bent the mounting hole the bolt goes through, lifting the whole assembly up a bit. If I was you, I'd take the back end of the roof lining down and check/remove/re-adjust it.

    Sorry to hear about this mate, there's some absolute idiots (the word sensor won't let me write what I want to here) out there that just don't respect other people's property.
    Thanks, yeah they're absolute morons. I take it from what you say the gap at the back is not normal?

    How easy is the roof lining to remove? I have zero technical experience (or ability!) so quite worried if it's going to need fixing like that

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    It should be tight against the roof, those are prone to leaking as they get older at the best of times and are a very common cause for water ingress into the boot.

    Never taken the roof lining down on a hatchback before but should be simple enough and you only actually need to get a little bit down at the very back in order to gain access to the bolt that's holding the aerial assembly in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-Highlander View Post
    It should be tight against the roof, those are prone to leaking as they get older at the best of times and are a very common cause for water ingress into the boot.

    Never taken the roof lining down on a hatchback before but should be simple enough and you only actually need to get a little bit down at the very back in order to gain access to the bolt that's holding the aerial assembly in place.
    Nightmare...

    With the lining is it just a question of pulling it away from under the rubber strip then pulling it down ? Is it actually glued to the roof or clipped on in any way?

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    Just a thought.... given I'm an idiot where technical matters are concerned (!) would a few hatchback owners with the same aerial base as I have be able to check their cars to see if the base is flush with the roof all the way round and let me know? If they are I will know mine is damaged and I can see about getting it repaired if I can't sort it myself.

    Thanks!

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    this happened to me on my Vec B. I got it out by applying a bit of pressure with my cordless drill and a metal drill bit, but in reverse so it screwed it out rater than drilling it out

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    Hi mate just looked at mine it should be flush I have all so had my roof lining down las night doing the rear light upgrade it's very easy have alook in the How to's for dropping the roof hope this is of help

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    Mine's flush as well. There is some guidance in the how to's but I think it is to do something else. Could be how to put a rear courtesy light in.

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    Thanks all, I found the guide to drop the rear roof lining and it looks fairly simple so I think I'll attempt it as money is v tight at the mo & I don't want to pay a dealer etc to mess with it.

    The base can be moved slightly & if I push down on it it then mounts flush so the hole may be bent

    If the hole in the roof is bent once I remove the base, any tips on how to rectify? What I am getting at is I don't want to create any creases / ripples etc that run out from under the base or crack / damage the paint. Bear in mind I have zero technical ability!

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