My Escort 9500i Passport is giving off TONS of wrong into...
POP is always on unless I unplug it, it says there are toll booths ahead, emergency vehicles, slow moving vehicles, road work etc. We live in a small town, it hasn't even been close to accurate!! I don't think I can trust it anymore. What could be wrong with it??? What can I do???
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Re: my Escort 9500i Passport is giving off TONS of wrong...
That is not POP, which is a type of radar gun operating mode. Instead, what you are seeing are SWS (Safety Warning System) messages. Either look in your user manual or download the PDF user manual from Escort's web site in order to see how to turn SWS off.
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escortradar.com or 800 964 3138 they also have a pretty good tutorial about how detectors work and what the differences are for each different band go to the web side at the bottom of the home page click on ( radar school )
This is most likely caused by either a somewhat flaky power connection inside or on the back side of your car's cigarette lighter socket, assuming that you are using your 9500i's standard coiled Smartcord, or it is caused by excessive alternator ripple (electrical noise). Usually installing the optional direct wire power cable resolves this issue. Also Escort can reprogram your 9500i to desensitize its laser circuitry, but it would be better to try the direct wire power solution first. The direct wire solution usually resolves this problem, especially if you tap power in your fuse box from one of the higher amperage fuse terminals such as 15A. Why? Because the higher amperage fuses have heavier cable leading directly back to your car's battery and tend to be more free of electrical noise.
Try the following. First, make sure if possible that the 9500i is powered off when you plug it into power. Then hold down the buttons (I forget which ones) needed to put it into USB mode and only release these buttons once "USB" is displayed after plugging it in again. Hopefully you will be able to get your 9500i to display "USB" again. If you can get it to display "USB", only then plug in its USB cable into your computer. Then run Detector Tools and see if you can re-flash the firmware.
The speaker is manufactured by PUI, but it is a custom OEM job for Escort. So you can't get it from any distributor or from PUI. In the late summer of 2007 Escort started installing a new "high temp" speaker. This new speaker looks just like the original speaker, but it is designed to be able to handle very high temperatures without blowing. If your 9500i is still in warranty, Escort will replace the speaker with the new "high temp" speaker, test and calibrate your 9500i, and install whatever their latest firmware is. If your 9500i is out-of-warranty, then you should call them and see if they will send you a replacement "high temp" speaker for a small charge. The speaker is easy to replace. A good while back I posted on radardetector.net detailed instructions on how to replace a 9500i speaker. It takes all of 10 minutes to do.
If your 9500i is still in warranty, then Escort will replace the speaker with a new "high temp" speaker which won't blow due to extreme heat. If it is out of warranty, call Escort and see if they will send you a replacement speaker for a small fee. Search for instructions on replacing the speaker on radardetector.net.