I get radar detector calibrating message when I power up the detector and when it finishes I get "service required"...Then I push the 2 buttons and it tells me "calerror 3". What is my next step? Thanks!
I had the same problem and ventured to disassemble it. Good decision on my part instead of sending it back for repair. I found that the grooves that the top buttons set in were dirty so it made my buttons stick. So in essence the buttons were always pressed downward to the point it had my detector cycling. So it would program and then get the service alert. Once I cleaned the buttons and the grooves in between, everything is just like new. Hope that helps.
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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!
Are you getting any Self Calibration or Service Required error messages? If not, then this means that the basic electronics are good and that the problem is within the antenna. If your X50 is in warranty then Escort will repair the antenna for free. If not, then there will be a service fee ($80). Yet I can all but guarantee you that after Escort fixes the antenna problem then you will never have this problem again.The service fee also includes fully testing and calibrating your X50, and updating its internal computer firmware code to their latest code. So the end result is that your X50 will perform just like a brand new one.
Service Required means that your 8500 has repeatedly failed while attempting to calibrate its radar antenna. This can be fixed by Escort for free if your RD still is in warranty. There is a service fee if your RD is out of warranty, but at least Escort will fully test everything in addition to repairing your 8500, and they will upgrade your 8500's firmware to whatever their latest and greatest firmware is which may help to improve sensitivity, reduce false alerts, or to detect newer laser gun models.