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    Got a strange one here and need some help figuring it out...

    Had my x50 in the truck the other day and stumbled upon the local PD's portable radar sign. The X50 was dead silent. Not a peep.

    Drove by the sign in the same location this morning in my wife's minivan and the X50 went haywire on K when I got within a mile of it.

    Thinking that the X50's silence the other day was just a freak occurance. I put the unit back in my truck and drove to the sign's location again this afternoon. Again dead silence! :?

    This time I mounted the unit lower on the windshield.

    Anybody got any ideas what is going on? :roll:

    Truck: 1996 Ford F150
    Minivan: 2004 Kia Sedona

    Thanks.

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    Do you power the unit on manually or do you allow it to power up with the ignition? From what I've read on this board Bels especially and escorts to some degree have high sensitivity to voltage spikes on startup. (Think there's another thread going on about an RX65 that displays error messages when started up with the ignition.) At least one board member has reported a similar situation with an older bel remote. It ignored an obvious signal until it was powered off and then back on. Maybe this is a problem that has crossed over from Bel to Escort since the merger? If you think this may be a factor, I would recommend going by the sign once more in your truck after powering it off and on after engine start.

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    Could also be a possibility that the speed sign itself is damaged. I think if there was a problem with the x50 it would go into self cal..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sethy
    Could also be a possibility that the speed sign itself is damaged. I think if there was a problem with the x50 it would go into self cal..
    I thought about that but what's throwing me is that it worked in the minivan. Not that he's run a whole bunch of trials, but it would appear that this the problem is vehicle dependent.

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    I'll give the power up after ignition suggestion a try. Maybe that's it. I'll keep you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brick
    Quote Originally Posted by Sethy
    Could also be a possibility that the speed sign itself is damaged. I think if there was a problem with the x50 it would go into self cal..
    I thought about that but what's throwing me is that it worked in the minivan. Not that he's run a whole bunch of trials, but it would appear that this the problem is vehicle dependent.
    Possibly the lighter is undervoltage causing problems with the detector? Try using a different lighter

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    Solar barrier windscreen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sethy
    Quote Originally Posted by brick
    Quote Originally Posted by Sethy
    Could also be a possibility that the speed sign itself is damaged. I think if there was a problem with the x50 it would go into self cal..
    I thought about that but what's throwing me is that it worked in the minivan. Not that he's run a whole bunch of trials, but it would appear that this the problem is vehicle dependent.
    Possibly the lighter is undervoltage causing problems with the detector? Try using a different lighter
    Try turning on the voltage meter view on the detector... see if it drops below about 11.5V.. .any lower and things start to get hairy.

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    Approach the sign again in your truck. If still no signal (And the sign is showing your speed), try sticking the X50 out the window, to see if the windshield is what is blocking the signal. If that is not it, then I'd look into the voltage issue.

 

 

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