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    Default Vintage Radar Detectors

    I have two original ESORTS that suddenly just stopped working :?: many years ago. For some reason neither one will take power :? . Cords and fuses have been changed and checked. Although they may not be good for much more than doorstops with today's technologies, is there anyone out there who would be interested in troubleshooting them and maybe repairing them?

    I'd like to see if they an still detect at least an auto-door arrow opener.

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    I would give it a shot if you could get them to me....

    Honestly though, these were VERY popular so there are a lot of them around. You can probably find them at garage sales and eBay for cheaper than it would cost to ship both ways, so it might not even be worth it.

    Strange that both won't power up. I am too young to have used these in a vehicle, maybe there are some old-timers out there who have used these a lot and could point you to a common problem with them.

    Jim

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    Have you opened them up? Most likely an extreme temperature shift "popped out" a connector in the board and needs to be resoldered.

    Or a secondary (internal) fuse that blew, if this happened around the same time, and the same car, it is highly likely (like there's a demon in your voltage regulator...)

    Although I wouldn't mind having an old ESCORT to fiddle with in my spare time

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    Haven't touched either of them in over 10yrs. I have opened them up and everything inside looked normal. I even checked input volts to the internal fuse and found no problem on either side. I've had them both since as far back as 1984-85.

    Jim - if you want to check one out for me, I'd appreciate it. I just don't have access to much of the electronic test equipment like I used to while in the Army. Got a FLUKE 179 DMM, but nothing like an O-scope to signal trace. A set of scematics would be nice.

    Smaart - I'll open one up and look for obvious things like that along with cracks in the boards this weekend.

    Thanks for the advice.

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    BTW - Both were used in different cars - 1 in a '76 Pontiac Grand Prix and the other in a '77. Today I'm rolling a '96 & '98 Maxima.

    Some things just stick like oatmeal.

 

 

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