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    Broken radio wire connector. How do I replace?

    The little tip of my radio wire connector broke off in my 95 civic and now the little copper thread is exposed. I can still pick up a few stations when I plug it in my stock stereo.

    What is the best way to replace this?

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    just to clarify, this is the black cable for the antenna?

    edit: i was able to find this if this is what you mean http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...3Doff%26sa%3DN
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    Yep it is the black cable tip like the ones in the link. I purchased a replacement cord but do I need to solder the 2 together?

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    yes that'd probably be the best way to fix it, but be very carefull with the tiny solo wire in the middle of all the insulation and the other strands of wire. Its just a single strand and cannot be connected to the other strands (usually ground) and can be very easy to pull out of the cable. that wire not being connected properly or being shorted out can be the difference of you getting any reception or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pancit175
    yes that'd probably be the best way to fix it, but be very carefull with the tiny solo wire in the middle of all the insulation and the other strands of wire. Its just a single strand and cannot be connected to the other strands (usually ground) and can be very easy to pull out of the cable. that wire not being connected properly or being shorted out can be the difference of you getting any reception or not.
    Thanks pancit175.
    I dont have a soldering tool at the moment. Do you think soldering is needed to avoid reception issues?

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    Yeah, because there really isn't that much of a better way to do it.. you can't just tape it together and expect much to work, though I think i've seen solderless antenna connectors before. Also trying to use some sort of snap-on cable splice probably won't work too well depending on what the center of the coaxial cable is made from.

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    you can buy replacement ends at most real electronics stores (not radio shack). they usually have a small hole in the top of the tip, thats where you solder the wire to. If your super ghetto you could just strip off a little more and shove it in there and hope it makes a good connection.. but I wouldnt suggest it. should be less than $5 in parts and about 2 minutes to solder (including heat up time )
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    I use a propane torch quite often if I have a lot of soldering to do, but you have to be quick and use a really small flame.

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. I ended up buying the replacement cord and paying a reapi r shop $10 to solder it for me.

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    Glad to hear everythimg worked out!
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