You can’t listen to the radio in your Jeep (or any car) without an antenna. So, if you’ve got a broken antenna, the first thing you have to do is purchase a replacement for it.
But how much does Jeep antenna replacement cost? Car antennas for Jeep can be as cheap as $20, or they can be as costly as $80. Aside from this cost, usually, there isn’t any other installation cost (you can install an antenna yourself).
So, are you interested to know about replacement costs in greater detail? You’re in luck. We have got this fully covered below.
Jeep antennas can be long or short (compact). Depending on their size, the antennas’ price can vary significantly. That’s why, for your convenience, we have listed the current prices of Jeep antennas below (latest prices).
So, by comparing the prices mentioned below, you’ll have a crystal clear idea of how much a Jeep antenna replacement will cost.
|Jeep antennas||Prices||Antenna size||Components||Source Marketplace|
|1.||Rugged Ridge 17212.06 Antenna, Reflex, 6 inch, 97-Current Jeep Wrangler / 20-Current Gladiator Radio||$23||Short||Only Antenna||Amazon|
|2.||GM Genuine Parts 22868913 Radio Antenna||$28||Semi-long||Only Antenna||Amazon|
|3.||Rugged Ridge Elite Antenna Base with Reflex Antenna for 07-23 Jeep Wrangler JL, JK & Gladiator JT||$40||Short||Antenna and base||Quadratec|
|4.||Rugged Ridge – Antenna||$65||Long||Only Antenna||Advance autoparts|
|5.||Quadratec CB Style AM/FM Radio Antenna for 07-23 Jeep Wrangler JL, JK & Gladiator JT||$80||Long||Antenna||Quadratec|
As you can see in the above table, Jeep antennas can cost anything between $20 to $80. Some antennas come with their own base, and some products only include the antenna mast.
So, considering that you will install the antenna to your Jeep yourself, the antenna replacement cost for you will be in the range of $20 to $80.
Remember, you don’t need to go to a professional mechanic if only your antenna mast is broken. You can replace the mast yourself (the whole replacement process only takes about 5 minutes).
However, if your whole antenna system and the electronic panel are broken, you will have to see a professional auto mechanic. This can cost you anything between $50 to $200.
You can follow the simple steps mentioned below to remove the broken antenna and install a new one easily.
Step 1: Acquiring the needed items
In the first step, you’ll have to collect the following items to pull off this procedure:
- Replacement antenna
- Replacement antenna base (if your antenna base is also broken)
- Needle nose pliers
- Machine oil
Step 2: Unscrewing the old antenna
In order to install a new antenna, you’ll have to unscrew the old one first.
Don’t worry; unscrewing the old antenna is ridiculously easy. Grab the base of the antenna with a needle nose plier and rotate it in the counterclockwise direction. This will cause the antenna to come off.
Now, if your antenna has gotten rusty due to old age, you will need to apply some machine oil and then try to unscrew the old antenna.
Step 3: Fitting the new antenna
At this point, you’ll have to fit the new antenna in place of the old one. To do that, you’ll have to fit the “base nut” to the new antenna (the base nut comes within the new antenna package).
Then, all you have to do is place the new antenna in the designated place where the old antenna was installed. Next, you will simply have to rotate the new antenna in a clockwise direction. This will tightly fit it into its designated place.
Step 4: Testing the radio
In this step, you’ll have to test whether the radio is working with the new antenna or not. To do that, try changing between various radio channels. Then, decide on your own if the new antenna is working or not.
- If your antenna base is broken, you can replace it using the same procedure mentioned above.
You simply have to unscrew and detach the old base and then install a new one using a needle nose plier.
- If these procedures seem complex to you, you can have the antenna installed by a professional from your local auto repair shop.
As already mentioned, this job can cost anything between $50 to $200.
As already stated above, antenna prices can vary depending on the shape and size of the antenna. Other factors may also play a part in defining the price. That’s why we have listed below a few major factors that you must evaluate before buying a replacement antenna for your Jeep.
If you’re careful to check these factors before buying an antenna, you can minimize the cost and maximize the value you get.
If your old antenna has gotten damaged due to strong winds, you probably shouldn’t get a long replacement antenna. Instead, try to get a short-sized replacement antenna for your Jeep if the price permits so.
In case your old antenna is broken due to rust, it’s probably not a good idea to buy an iron/steel antenna. Therefore, try to buy antennas made of carbon fiber for your Jeep. These antennas will last longer than steel/iron-made ones.
As you already know, antennas can be both long and short. Some cars look good with long antennas, while some vehicle models look good with short ones. So, decide well whether your car needs a short antenna or a long one.
Short antennas will usually cost a bit more than long ones. It’s due to the fact that they are more compact than the longer ones.
So, how much does the Jeep antenna replacement cost? It may cost anything between $20 to $80 if you can install it yourself.
However, if you have it installed by an auto professional, the total cost might be in the range of $100 to $280. The cost here is subject to change depending on the complexity of your antenna replacement job.
Now, our suggestion is that you change your own antenna in a DIY fashion. But if you are unable to do so, don’t hesitate to take help from a professional. Good luck to you!
I am Rick Bofia, a Jeep mechanic with a wealth of experience in repairing and maintaining Jeeps of all models and ages. I take pride in my expertise in diagnosing and repairing complex Jeep problems, from engine and transmission issues to suspension and brake system repairs. My passion for Jeeps and my dedication to delivering top-quality services have earned me a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy mechanic in the Jeep community. Whether you need routine maintenance or major repairs, you can trust me to get your Jeep back on the road in optimal condition.