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|3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.|
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The antenna motor is part of the whole antenna assembly if I'm not mistaken. Should be in the trunk right where the antenna does down into the rear quarter panel.
The radiator drain plug is on the bottom of the radiator, So yes, you will have to jack the car up a little and its on the bottom, driver's side corner of the radiator. If you are planning on doing a whole coolant system flush, you will also need to drain the block of the engine, I've attached a picture for you to show you were the is.
first of check the fuse it is the same fuse as the cig lighter think its fuse 20 something.. but check them all just to be sure.
Next pull off the left hand side boot lining. Unscrew the antenna motor box from the car clean all external connections and wires put it back in. If it isnt working now it is probably a problem inside the motor pull it apart and see. Can you hear it trying to work when the radio is turned on? you might also want to check the ariel connections at the back of the radio to make sure the antenna is being told to go up
have a look at this article Pelican Technical Article: BMW Radio Head Unit Installation it might point you in the right direction on removal and the antenna cable (pictures 6 and 13). Personally I have never removed or wired a headunit simply because I havnt had to yet but the day will come. How to remove the headunit would depend on wether it is a factory headunit or an aftermarket one?
Also try to find the power wire for the antenna (normally blue) if this has a bad connection it wont be telling your antenna to go up which is why it may be "stuck" in the down position.
Please the problem could be just as easily in the boot as behind the headunit i would check both and make sure all connections are clean.
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