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Here in the Northeast, winter is approaching and its time to put away the garden hose and start visiting the local car wash. I do not see any mention of it in the owners manual, but it is my understanding that the antenna can be unscrewed and removed. Is this what most people are doing when taking their Ody to the car wash? Are you just leaving it on? Rather than retightening with a wrench/pliers, is it sufficient to just hand tighten the antenna? Might it then come off while driving if not tightened with a wrench? Seems awfully tedious – just to have the van washed. What are most people doing? Thanks JEFF
 

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Just leave it on. The manual says to, and there's not much a car wash can do to it. Even if it did, it wouldn't be much of a loss.
 

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I would only use a "touchless" car wash, if I had to. I don't have to, I live very far from the Northeast and my garden hose is out year round.
I think the brushes used on most car washes are too abrasive for your Ody's beautiful paint.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Riley33:
Just leave it on. The manual says to, and there's not much a car wash can do to it. Even if it did, it wouldn't be much of a loss. </font>
Maybe it'll shrink down to NORMAL size....
 

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I rarely use the automatic car wash since I mostly wash it myself. However, I have used it once since it was offered free with oil change. I saw them took off the antenna before and put it back on after.
I guess since it is so easy to remove, take it off before the wash just in case.
 

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I asked this particular question when I picked up my van.

The salesman said it was best to remove the antenna before going through the car wash. He suggested buying a cheapo wrench and leave it in the glove box for such occasions.

How much does a new antenna cost -- probably a lot!
 

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I don't see the need for a wrench. I just grasp the round base of the antenna and turn it.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Riley33:
Just leave it on. The manual says to, and there's not much a car wash can do to it. Even if it did, it wouldn't be much of a loss. </font>
Might mean one less coat hanger in you closet the next day.
 

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If you take the antenna off, will water get down to somewhere its not supposed to go? If the user manual says to leave it on, I wonder if damage might occur if the hole gets gets wet.

Are there any aftermarket, SHORT antennas that can be fitted to the Ody - without any retro-fitting (like the S2000) JEFF
 

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My stock antenna has been through the car wash on numerous occasions without any trouble so far. I mostly go to those gas station car washes. You guys probably think this is a sacrilege, but I don't have the time to wash it myself and I hate dirt all over it.

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