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Old 04-20-2014, 08:02 PM   #1
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Winegard Antenna Water Leak, and Fix

So we were camping this weekend, in torrential downpours and my DW is at the dinette and gets dripped on. After much searching we found that the antenna is very loose in its rotational movement. And if wiggled properly the dripping inside gets worse. Looking for guidance and advice on these antennas. I found the manual for the antenna and it appears there is an o-ring in there that I can replace. Calling CW in the morning, as they are the closest authorized dealer in my area.

We were on park cable, so the antenna was in the down position. I covered the rotational area with duct tape and it stopped leaking for the rest of the weekend.

Will post more as I get into this and what I find.
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There are several seals and rings in the antenna. The owners manual recommends lubrication several times a year.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:13 PM   #3
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Yea, I saw that Threebutchers. We bought it used, so no telling if it has ever been done. Going to try to get the seals ordered and go from there. It will be done from here forward though...
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:02 AM   #5
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Ordered the parts from Amazon. 1/2 the price CW wanted... Parts should be here Wednesday. No rain in the forecast until Friday. Looks like I have my project for the week.
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Take pictures and document, please!
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Parts have arrived. Will get pictures up after I complete the job.
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Let's hope I get this right... I got a few pictures of the parts, but missed while we were working, running low on daylight due to a tool run.

Tools used:
Needle nose pliers
Channel lock pliers
15/16" deep socket with thin wall thickness
Associated ratchet and an extension
Cut off wheel on grinder
3/32" hex wrench (for handle removal)

The worm gear and shaft are all sold in one length, long. So you have to cut the new one to the length of your old one. I used my grinder with a cut off wheel, a hack saw would probably have worked.

The old worm gear and shaft.

The washers and o-ring for the worm gear shaft


Gear housing from the bottom.


The nut and seals for the gear housing. Notice that the black o-ring had rolled. This is where my leak was. Upon re-assembly with the new parts, we lubricated this extremely well with the silicone spray and put it together slowly and carefully so as not to roll it again.

It worked best with 2 people, one on the roof, one inside the camper. It can be done alone, but that would be a lot of trips up and down the ladder. My problem was that my 15/16" socket had very thick walls. I had to make a parts store run to get a new one with much thinner walls to fit up inside the hole to get the nut off the bottom of the gear housing.
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Great documentation. Will be very helpful to a lot of folks. Thanks for taking time to detail your repair.
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Indeed....thanks for sharing
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