I guess I've been lucky. I haven't lubed my crank up antenna in the 5 years I've owned my TT, and it's never leaked, and has always been easy to crank up and down. But I almost always use my antenna, so it's moved around regularly. Maybe new ones don't always get proper lubrication when manufactured?
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