Video: How to install a satellite radio antenna
Tips & tricks for installing an antenna on the outside of your car
This video shows you how to install an antenna on the outside of your vehicle for a satellite radio. The task isn't usually that difficult, but it can take a a little time to route the antenna cable. Watch this short video for some tips and tricks.
Read video transcript
If you add satellite radio to your car, you'll need to install a special antenna to receive a satellite signal. Fortunately, mounting this antenna requires only simple tools, and we'll give you some helpful tips.
Satellite Radio antennas are mounted outside your car. When choosing a mounting location, high and clear is best. There are two steps to install the antenna. First, get the antenna cable inside the car, and second, route it to the front under carpet or trim panels.
With most sedans, it makes sense to mount the antenna on the roof in front of the rear window. Stick the antenna a few inches from the window, then run the cable along the outside edge of the window seal and bring it into the trunk. Look for a good location to enter the trunk.
If necessary, notch the trunk's edge with a round file to create an entry point. If you end up doing that, wrap the wire with some tape where it will contact the metal and replace the seal. You could add a dab of silicone where you filed down the metal if you wish.
Pickup trucks have a brake light above the cab's rear window, which offers a convenient entry point. Simply remove the brake light and route the antenna wire through the opening. Feed it in through the bottom, and if necessary you can file a small notch in the plastic to allow for flush mounting of the brake light cover. A dab of silicone will keep water out at the entry point. Inside the cab, peel back the trim panel using a panel tool and feed the cable down to the floor. Then you can run it along the floor trim or under the carpet to the back of your radio.
Hatchbacks and SUVs make this a little easier. Mount the antenna on the back portion of the roof, then feed the cable through the hatch and underneath the weather seal. From there, you can slip the cable underneath the carpet and route it to the front of the car.
All vehicles are different, but I hope this helps you plan your antenna installation. Remember, if you buy your gear from Crutchfield, you'll get our free tech support that can answer any questions that come up during your installation. Good luck!