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When i mount my escort 8500 radar detector on the front windshield, it turns on and everytime i hit a bump, it restarts. The worst part is sometimes it just turn off by itself without hitting any bump and I noticed that by moving the position of the radar detector higher on the windshield, it restarts itself and works for a bit then turns off again. what is happening? is the radar malfunctioning?

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The reason it will restart when moving it higher is the connection inside the unit where the wire plugs in is loose. you are basically pulling it tighter when adding a little stress on the wire. Send it to Escort for repairs before it gets worse

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Most likely u have a bad connection with ur cigarette lighter or the fuze in the end of the wire that goes into the cigarette lighter the cap screws off and theres a fuze there or there is a small cut in the wire or kink in it that if shutting off the power to it,.or the tip in the plug that goes into the detector isnt fuly pushed in but i believe its a fuze hope this helps

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

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