Originally Posted by Gregorym
I tried to use vise grips but it wouldn't move and didn't want to break the shaft.
Here are a few things to try, I'm assuming your have the same Wineguard antenna as in these pics. Confirm yours is or these instructions will not work.
I'm not sure if your antenna head rotation direction knob is still with your camper. It may have went missing with the crank. Here is mine and it shows when facing the knob, which way you turn the crank and shaft to raise or lower the antenna. If yours is stuck, for sure you want to make sure you are cranking it up and not down.
To raise the antenna, while facing the crank/shaft, turn the shaft clockwise
. To lower, turn CCW.
Rather then use the vise grips on the shaft, try a socket to fit the hex shaft and ratchet wrench. It will help turn the shaft more even and central and not be side loaded bending which may happen with the vise grips.
And, if you are turning the correct direction and it will not go up, try this. Have a helper be inside with the socket wrench. You go up on the roof and after spraying the gears well with liquid silicone, lift the antenna arms with mild pressure while the person inside turns the shaft slowly. By lifting the arms, it takes some of the stress off the gears and may break the dirt bind free.
If that does not work, you may have to remove the hex shaft and the worm gear out the top, then lift the arms to get the binding cleared up.
You unscrew the black plug on the top.
Then you will need to turn the hex shaft and unscrew the worm up and out of the top. With the black nut off, the worm shaft should turn and unscrew up and out while the arms stay put. You might have to wiggle the arms a bit to get the worm to move pending how dirt stuck the worm is to the gear on the arms.
Then figure out why the arms will not move.
Hope this helps and let is know how it goes.
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