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Re: passport 8500 escort
If you are in an area where the police are not equiped with laser radar guns, most areas are to cheap to implement them, you can simply cover the laser sensor with black electrical tape and this will prevent it from going off every time you go anywhere near store with door opener sensors and a million other none cop sources of reflected laser light. Also if a cop hits you with a laser it is traveling at 186,000 miles a second and I don't think you will be able to hit the breaks before he gets the reading. the laser only goes off where he tags someone. Basically laser radar detectors are useless. This solution works 100%
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This is fixable as described in other threads here. This is annoying and seems to be random, though it also does it sometimes when the wipers are turned on or I use the windshield sprayer. 2 minutes with a smal Philips screw driver and a Q-tip will fix it. I just did mine and it works great now.
Unscrew the three screws, pop the three components apart (it really is a no-brainer since they only fit back together ONE WAY, so don't be nervous. There is not anything that is going to fall apart or spring into a hundred pieces in there.
I used canned air to blow everything out and just used the Q-tip on the front window and the parts that looked like the detector window internally... I didn't bother swabbing all of the board.
IT WORKS! GREAT FIX!!!!! DO IT!! NO MORE FALSE LASER ALARM WHILE ACCELERATING and randomly.
Does this happen in the city or does it happen when you are out in the middle
of nowhere? I have seen laser detectors that are falsely triggered by various
lighting devices that contain wavelengths of light similar to those used in
If this is annoying and you dont want to hear it, you can locate the receiver
element that detects the laser signal and cover it up with a piece of black
electrical tape. That should stop whatever is causing your problem unless there
is something actually broken inside the unit.
Got to the bottom of my false alarming situation. I finally called Escort and discussed the behavior with the technician who immediately concluded the antenna was failling and needed a repair. $30 worth of shipping and about a week later I got my repaired unit back and it works perfectly. Not sure the root cause but I am going to treat it as gently as possible and hope it keeps working, I sure like it better than the V1.