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Poor gps signal outside, just started for no reason, what can i do?

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Question--did you move the gps to a different location on the dash or in the car? GPS units need a clear line of sight this means that things like wiper blades or being to high in your windshield can block the signal off. Best position for a gps is 3- 4 inches above the dash and in your direct line of sight. Be aware though that fog, smog, and other weather patterns as well can interfere with a signal from gps satellites. Hope this helps.

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