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Electric aerial wiring/fuse?

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I have 1989 Escort Xr3i Cabriolet

Took out electric  aerial in boot that was working fine, to replace tip of aerial as it had broken off.

On refitting I am receiving no power in the constant live (red) wire, have tested the aerial with external power works fine so not a problem with the aerial.

The ignition wire was making the relay in the aerial click but that has now stopped aswell.

Have checked all fuses in the fuse box, all seem fine, 2 amp fuse behind stereo is ok, aerial works if you wire it direct from boot to the stereo with different wires.

Before I just fit new wires from the stereo to the boot along the sills, does anyone know if this is a hidden fuse somewhere or is it likely the wires have shorted(maybe the live touched the shell on removal - my own stupid fault always disconnect battery first), also what is the route of the wires do they go under the sills and into the dash on passenger side? 

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Hi, nowhere common I am afraid and there are no other fuses in the line. I am a believer in it is probably caused by what you have disturbed. Therefore it is most likely to be around the aerial area in the boot. Perhaps the cable is just old and brittle and has broken inside when you moved it.

Time to get the multimeter out!

From memory I think the wires are red and white and run along the passenger inner sill.

Good luck.

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I cut the constant live wire alongside the passenger footwell and wired it direct to the stereo constant live, all works now, there must be a short behind the dash somewhere and I'm not taking all that out just to look for it! :>)

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