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This message is generated only after a Bel or Escort radar detector has repeatedly encountered problems while trying to self-calibrate its radar detection circuitry. The Service Required message literally means that you must send in your RD for service since there is nothing that can be done to fix whatever the problem is short of sending it in for factory service. At least it will come back working like brand new!

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Beltronics rx65 service required can I fix this problem??


This detector - along with other high-end types that require a microprocessor to analyze signals - performs a self-test when powering up. This is done for the same reasons a Power On Self Test is done on your computer. There's a lot going on inside and if just one area is malfunctioning data may not be processed correctly and in the case of the detector - resulting in aggravating false alarms or worse - not indicating an alert when needed.

You should arrange for the detector's return to Beltronics for thorough checking / realignment. Contact Beltronics via this link.

I hope this helps!

Mar 05, 2012 | Beltronics Radar Detectors

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Comes up service required. fault code cal7. ka band not functioning. any solution?


CAL7 is a broad self-test failure code. It will have to be sent to Escort for diagnostics on the specific problem unfortunately.

Nov 12, 2010 | Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector

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My radar detector says selfcalc when it turns on and then says service required. Can i fix this my self or have to send it back to get fixed?


I have the same problem. I chatted with Bel and here's the transcript, FYI:


chatinfo.gifWelcometo Beltronics.! An online representative will be with you shortly. Youare number 1 in the queue. Your wait time will be approximately 1 and 9seconds. Thank you for waiting.
chatinfo.gifYou are now chatting with 'Brian'
Brian: Welcome to Beltronics Live Chat. How may I assist you today?
you: Hi Brian, I
you: own a Bel pro rx65
you: and it gave an error
you: that said
you: selfcal4
you: or something like that
you: then it said service
you: required
you: what does this mean?
Brian: Thereare a number of things that may cause this ERROR message. Please besure that you are getting consistent voltage (does the lighter socketstay ON all the time? Does it do the same thing in other vehicles?). If the display reads "Service Required" not caused by the above, itmeans it has failed it's self-calibration and requires service. Pleasecall our Customer Service Department at 800-341-2288 and they will giveyou a repair authorization number and instructions on how to return itto us so we can take a look at your detector.
you: Oh i see. what's the cost for repair?
Brian: That is a $59.95 repair fee. To set that up, please call Customer Service at 800-964-3138, option 2.
you: and what cause calibration to fail?
Brian: If the reasons listed above don't sound like what's happening, then it would be up to a repair tech to figure out why.
you: I had left it in the car in hot weather. would this be a cause?
Brian: It's possible, over a long time in the heat to develop.
you: I can call either number correct?
Brian: Correct.
you: ok thanks

I called the number and they were helpful, told me to use a packing service like UPS and such. Insure it. And it would take about 5-7 days for them to work on it, another 3-4 days of shipping time.
Considering the reviews on the rx65 and the prices for detectors out there, and considering that they will also apply any software updates (bought mine in '06) the $60 repair fee is worth it for me.

May 21, 2010 | Beltronics Pro RX65 Radar Detector

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Says service required when turn on


"Service required" means that the detector failed the self test when it was powered on. I would call Escort at (800) 964-3138 and see if they are able to repair it.

Feb 25, 2010 | Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector

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My 8500 Radar more and more often displays service required message. How do I fix it? Thanks


This is due to failing the calibration test.Perhaps you can reprogram it or will have to return for sevicing.
here is the brochere link.
http://www.escortradar.com/pdf/8500x50manual.pdf

Oct 09, 2009 | Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector

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I got the Service Required message. What do I need to do?


The Service Required message indicates that your RD has repeatedly failed its attempts to perform self calibration of its radar detection circuitry. Only Escort can repair this issue.

Jul 13, 2009 | Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector

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Service required


If this sounds like a dashboard alert for a fault then you need to have your car diagnosed by a computer to find the exact fault.It works out to be cheaper..Check digimotolite on google ...

Jun 15, 2009 | Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector

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I keep getting a service required message, why is that? How do I correct the problem? Susan


I have the same problem. I chatted with Bel and here's the transcript, FYI:


chatinfo.gifWelcometoBeltronics.! An online representative will be with you shortly. Youarenumber 1 in the queue. Your wait time will be approximately 1 and9seconds. Thank you for waiting.
chatinfo.gifYou are now chatting with 'Brian'
Brian: Welcome to Beltronics Live Chat. How may I assist you today?
you: Hi Brian, I
you: own a Bel pro rx65
you: and it gave an error
you: that said
you: selfcal4
you: or something like that
you: then it said service
you: required
you: what does this mean?
Brian: Therearea number of things that may cause this ERROR message. Please besurethat you are getting consistent voltage (does the lighter socketstay ONall the time? Does it do the same thing in other vehicles?). If thedisplay reads "Service Required" not caused by the above, itmeans ithas failed it's self-calibration and requires service. Pleasecall ourCustomer Service Department at 800-341-2288 and they will giveyou arepair authorization number and instructions on how to return itto usso we can take a look at your detector.
you: Oh i see. what's the cost for repair?
Brian: That is a $59.95 repair fee. To set that up, please call Customer Service at 800-964-3138, option 2.
you: and what cause calibration to fail?
Brian: If the reasons listed above don't sound like what's happening, then it would be up to a repair tech to figure out why.
you: I had left it in the car in hot weather. would this be a cause?
Brian: It's possible, over a long time in the heat to develop.
you: I can call either number correct?
Brian: Correct.
you: ok thanks

Icalled the number and they were helpful, told me to use a packingservice like UPS and such. Insure it. And it would take about 5-7 daysfor them to work on it, another 3-4 days of shipping time.
Consideringthe reviews on the rx65 and the prices for detectors out there, andconsidering that they will also apply any software updates (bought minein '06) the $60 repair fee is worth it for me.

Mar 22, 2009 | Beltronics Pro RX65 Radar Detector

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Service needed


The internal self-calibration procedure has repeatedly failed, causing your RX65 to display the Service Required message. You need to send it to Bel for repair.

Dec 13, 2008 | Beltronics Pro RX65 Radar Detector

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I have a beltronics 995 radar detector and i have a problem with it. The message "Service Required " appears.Please help . Thank you


This means that your RD has failed several attempts to self-calibrate its internal antenna. Like the message says, you must send in your V995 for service. Bel will fix whatever the issue is, and they will install the latest firmware too. Also, be sure to ask Bel to check and see if they need to replace the existing speaker with their new "high temp" speaker. The new speaker resolves potential issues of the original speaker failing due to high heat conditions.

Dec 03, 2008 | Beltronics Vector 995 Radar Detector

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