It's 6:00 a.m. when you back your C4 Vette out of the garage and head for the freeway. The traffic is light so you punch the throttle, crank some tunes, and settle in for a pleasant wind-in-the-hair ride to work. When you arrive you ease into your parking space, click the ignition switch, cover the top with your"Carbrella," and walk away, only to run smack into the raised antenna as you round the rear corner of the car. On closer inspection you notice that not only is the antenna still up but the motor that powers it is still running.

You try turning the ignition switch and the radio controls on and off to get the motor to stop but nothing works, the motor just continues to run. So you open the fuse box and pull the fuse that kills the power to the antenna and a multitude of other things, including the center information cluster and all of the courtesy lamps. Your next move is to call your local GM dealer or one of the aftermarket folks and order a new antenna.

Keep in mind that if you have a car with a power antenna, and keep it for any period of time, the odds are that it will fail. It's not if-it's when-and the mast may be up or down; the motor running or not. So if you have a C4 and want to save yourself a labor charge, pay close attention because we are about to show you how to change this guy out without becoming suicidal in the process.