Question about Passport 8500 Radar Detector
My 8500 has developed a nasty habit of ringing the laser warning - even in my garage at night - and in parking lots - as well as every couple of minutes down the road
As a deterent to spirited driving this is working perfectly - As an annoyance to driving, take a guess - Getting pulled over with a passport on the dash would make any cops day - and ruin mine cause I have unplugged it due to its pissing me off factor -
Is it possible I need to reset via the options?
Has it bounced one too many times across the dash as the suction cups let go?
Help me Obi Wan, your my only hope
I had the same problem. I called the company and the warranty was up, the wanted $80.00 to fix it and said that it must be the filters????? "rare problem but that is what it is"
I read another post on this site and someone said they took the unit apart. I tryed it and the unit works perfect now. All I did was take the unit apart, cleaned anything that I could (which wasnt anything really) with a q-tip. There are two parts to the unit that come apart, both look like they have reset buttons on the inside (3 total). I dont have a clue what the hell i did but the unit hasnt put a laser signal out for 3 days. It was goingoff about 15 times in a 2 mile radius.
Try it, its easy and you have nothing to lose at all.
I'm very happy now!!
Posted on Oct 18, 2008
I fixed my Radar, No Manufacturer help, no cost to me at all. I got advice from a forum member on a satellite forum I belong to. So what I did was I took apart the radar. Watch carefully how it comes apart so you can reassemble again after. Get a Dry Q-tip (ear swab) leave it dry so you do not end up leaving and residue on the diodes etc. Start by cleaning the horn, wipe the electronic board all over gently with the Qtip , blow ou the diffusion screen (leave the spit in your mouth). After all that I did not see a spec of dirt on the Q tip I used..there was no sign of dirt, residue but whatever I did do fixed the problem. I have been using it for three months and not one false alarm from the laser mode.
Good luck all......
Posted on Sep 30, 2008
I have the same problem when I put the unit in my new car (Mazda 3) but I don't have the problem in my older car (2006 Volvo XC90). I'm thinking that it has something to do with the bluetooth connection in my new car. The Laser alarms seems to go off when I have the bluetooth activated. My older car doesn't have bluetooth so I don't have the issue there. Does anyone else see a similar pattern?
Posted on Aug 31, 2009
I fixed my by changing two capacitors on the inside to bigger values. Mine seemed to give a false alarm when the voltage changed like during acceleration or when washers were on etc.
After you open it up, pry up the metal cover where the laser circuitry is. There is a small surface mount cap there, replace it with the same size but a large capacitance. I used 330uf. There is also an electrolytic cap. It is black and is the size about 3 large watch batteries stacked on each other. I replaced it with a 220uf 25V cap that was only slightly larger but it fit. PAY ATTENTION to polarity when removing any pieces and when installing new ones. Hope this works for someone else. I haven't have a false alarm in two months.
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
Mine started doing this while still under warranty-it was set off in my '03 Protege when I adjusted the mirrors, hit the garage door opener, etc. I sent it in, they worked on it, and now there are no false alarms. Unfortunately, there are no laser warnings at all, even 50' from a laser gun pointed right at me. Be aware that if you get it back from service without falsies, it may not protect you at all. Next time I'm getting a Valentine!
Posted on Jul 01, 2010
I had the same issues, take the three screws out, take a q tip and wipe down everything, and then press the mute on the front, the two buttons on top and hold, then power on and reset, and that fixed the problem for me.
Posted on Jan 12, 2010
I had the same problem. I finally turned off the laser when driving my '71 Vette, but it worked ok in my GMC Serria. Then, it started getting hung up on self calibration and finally just went to 'Service Required'. I read this thread last night about the Q-tip solution so.... while I was waiting on hold for an Escort rep to answer today, I took my X 50 out of the case and wiped everthing off with a Q-tip. I put it back together while talking to the rep and walked out to my truck and plugged it in.....and it worked PERFECTLY...lol Saved myself $59.95. That wasn't a bad deal though. He said for $59.95 everything was checked out including newest version and a new Smart Cord and windshield mount and cups if you include yours. I would certainly recommend trying the Q-TIP before sending it in!
Posted on May 13, 2009
One thing I have noticed, if battery voltage is lower than usual, the escort behaves oddly...ex. laser alarms, service required message..etc. In this case, making sure your battery is charged is one step to check, clean out the unit, and if you want to go extreme, change the capacitors with higher uF values. (capacitors changes shouldn't affect calibration, they are merely power storage reserves).
Posted on Apr 08, 2009
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
Posted on Oct 19, 2008
Same problem, plus service required all the time.
Posted on Oct 03, 2008
Just got my 8500 back from Escort. I had a couple of pieces of velcro on the bottom since I use it on my motorcycle, too. That bottom piece is the same, but the top, front and rear windows are brand new. I opened it up and not a speck of dust; inside looks brand new, too. The Repair Information Report says, "repaired lazer circuit and test." I think they put my old bottom on a brand new unit and sent it back. Works for me! $59.00. I will let you know how it works after a couple of weeks. I remember sending it in for something a couple of years ago and suspected they sent back a brand new one then, too. Can't complain about that.
Posted on Sep 29, 2008
Mine is also going off every 5 minutes. so frustrating! If anyone finds a way to fix this - please share!
Posted on Jul 13, 2008
Wow.... everyone seems to have the same problem. My laser goes off for no reason driving down the road. It does it like every 5 minutes... Is this something we have to send in to Escort?
Posted on Jul 09, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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