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What's the fix?

8500 going off laser every 2 minutes.

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  • Anonymous Sep 26, 2008

    I have the exact problem.... but mine just started doing this, cant find a solution yet. Ive reset the unit but that didnt work.

  • Anonymous Oct 09, 2008

    same problem



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OK.....this is strange. I have the same problem with constant false alarms switching between POP and KA for five to ten minutes constantly. I tried the Q tip recommendations from this site and no luck. Here's the weird part, when pluged into my 2006 Lexus GS the problem continued. When I plug it into my new used car a 2006 Mercedes CLK it works perfect! So, my conclusion is it must be a combination between the dector and the Lexus that causes the problem. I'm confused because it took over a year and a half for the problem to start in the Lexus. I plan on calling Escort tech dept. to see what the heck would cause this.I'll post the results from the call afterwards.

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