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Uhhhh...Shark fin antenna cover came off..?

Got home today, noticed a bird dropping on the antenna (Good aiming for the bird). Grabbed a paper towel and wiped it upwards slightly, and the plastic cover came off..???
First I thought oh no big deal, I'll just clip it back to place. But I found no clip or any design mechanism that holds this plastic piece to the base? It also does not seems to be glue based either...
I flipped it over and saw all the plastic holes in the cover are at least slightly cracked, where I would assume screw would go, but none of the screws on the base actually appears to be extending that far? And they can't possibly all crack from my wipe?

How is this supposed to be held on? I feel like just sitting it on the base won't keep it there, but I guess I could've drove around with this loosely sitting there all this time, and aerodynamics just works it out...is this something warranty covered? I feel like they may have to pull the headliner if the plastic part is not meant to be separable, which I would try to avoid...
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This picture is from an ebay listing (i was curious about your post)...

You seem to have all the screw holes broken.
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Look closely at the screws on the car still. They're surrounded by the cracked and broken pieces or plastic that extend upward and hold the fin down.

It does look like you'll need to drop the headliner to fix that.


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This picture is from an ebay listing (i was curious about your post)...

You seem to have all the screw holes broken.
Trying to think of an explanation on how did my screw holes even break since I can't even reach the screws to mess with them
Over tightened at factory...?
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Look closely at the screws on the car still. They're surrounded by the cracked and broken pieces or plastic that extend upward and hold the fin down.

It does look like you'll need to drop the headliner to fix that.


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Do you think this is superglue able? Not quite sure what type of plastic is used on these fins.

I feel like letting the dealer drop the headliner is just asking for scratches on trims and random rattles
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Perhaps a vindictive car wash... or a scorned lover?

You could probably glue back together if your not going thru the dealership, but make sure its waterproof, and can withstand high temperatures.

Do you still have reception on your radio? (I think its for Sirius)
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Perhaps a vindictive car wash... or a scorned lover?

You could probably glue back together if your not going thru the dealership, but make sure its waterproof, and can withstand high temperatures.

Do you still have reception on your radio? (I think its for Sirius)
I actually always hand washed my car, and I can't think of any Ex issues lol.

XM radio reception is fine, AM and FM antenna I think is in the back window, and bluelink I didn't try but may be in the fin as well..?

I did more digging, and apparently it's more common than I thought. I found this thread on Kia Optima forums, which I think uses a very similar fin.



The dude on second page is in almost the exact same situation as me. 2015 Sonata purchased in 2014, washing the car, and the thing just poped off, and he posted just 2 weeks before me lol.

I think it's just a badly designed part, those plastic holes can't stand the heat/cold cycles of the weather and deteriorate over time, and by the sound of it, dealerships are not willing to cover the antenna replacement.

I'm thinking of using JB Weld to glue it back, since there is an edge I can place the glue... I'm open to suggestions if there is a better alternative product!
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Good to know and we should all be careful going forward.
- Maybe I should proactively seal the bottom just in case.

Best of luck and let us know your results!
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I actually always hand washed my car, and I can't think of any Ex issues lol.

XM radio reception is fine, AM and FM antenna I think is in the back window, and bluelink I didn't try but may be in the fin as well..?

I did more digging, and apparently it's more common than I thought. I found this thread on Kia Optima forums, which I think uses a very similar fin.



The dude on second page is in almost the exact same situation as me. 2015 Sonata purchased in 2014, washing the car, and the thing just poped off, and he posted just 2 weeks before me lol.

I think it's just a badly designed part, those plastic holes can't stand the heat/cold cycles of the weather and deteriorate over time, and by the sound of it, dealerships are not willing to cover the antenna replacement.

I'm thinking of using JB Weld to glue it back, since there is an edge I can place the glue... I'm open to suggestions if there is a better alternative product!
So,the shark fin has NOTHING to do with AM reception? Can someone confirm that?

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So,the shark fin has NOTHING to do with AM reception? Can someone confirm that?
Just checked the manual for ya

According to 2015 Sonata US manual pdf version page 255, or 4-2 under multimedia system if you go off the actual book, it says "Your vehicle uses a glass antenna to receive both AM and FM signals."
and for shark fin it says " The shark fin antenna will receive the transmit data." so I'm assuming that means XM and bluelink
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