You might want to look at a splash guard removal first and then go from there. I know that on a 1997 4Runner you have to remove splash guard and other items just to get to the motor. I know that on the 1997 it does not go straight down. It goes down then makes a hard bend to the middle of the vehicle in the firewall. There is no access from the inside of the vehicle.
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No. If your wheel well has trim, you must remove that. Then remove the bolts that mount the fenderwell to the fender (this is not easy). This allows the fenderwell to be pulled back giving you clear access to the power antenna motor. Note that if the antenna is broken or doesn't go up and down anymore, you may be able to fix it by purchasing just a replacement antenna from Toyota. Typically the toothed cable breaks and all that is required is to remove the motor, disassemble the spool holder ( to remove the broken cable) and then install a new antenna.
The power antenna relay on my '91 4runner is located almost directly above the clutch pedal. It is a black box about 3"x4"x1" and has a white plug coming out of the front of it. The easiest way to pinpoint it is to turn the volume on your radio all the way down, and just turn the radio on and off. Follow the clicking till you have it.
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