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Old November 14th, 2014
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Default MOunt problems in the cold

Well, winter has arrived in Michigan and once again, the damn mount is failing constantly. I am always playing catch the falling detector while driving in rush hour traffic. Is there any better mount available? The suction cup releases after it is on the cold windshield for a short time. What is the fix? I have four (4) mounts for this thing and they all do this.
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Besides the super cup Escort sells you could do one your self: http://escortradarforum.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=12114
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Besides the super cup Escort sells you could do one your self: http://escortradarforum.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=12114
Seriously considering trading it in. Tired of all the issues with this damn thing
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Offering a suggestion...

Take the mount inside and bring a medium sized pot of water to boil (maybe about 1/2 gallon). While the water is heating up, go outside with some Windex (or other glass cleaner) and clean the mounting area. Be sure to wipe it dry.

Go back inside and clean the cup with Windex (or similar), while you're waiting for the water to begin to boil. When it begins to boil, take it off the burner and let it rest for about two minutes. After two minutes, dip the cup into the water for about 20 seconds. After twenty seconds, take it out and shake off the water. Let the cup dry naturally at room temp.

Finally, once the cup has cooled down, go back to your car. Firmly press the mount against the windshield and set the vacuum lever. Let it rest for another couple of minutes and then attach your iQ.

The thing about these suction cups is that they stiffen over time, and cold weather makes them fall off. By dipping the cups in hot water (near boiling temperatures) restores their elasticity.

I hope that you'll give this try.
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Seriously considering trading it in. Tired of all the issues with this damn thing
My V1 C mount and GPS and Cheetah all do the same in cold weather, so its NOT a RD issue, its a "suction cup" issue. Physics, pure and simple.
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Old November 15th, 2014
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It may be physics with suction cups but the IQ mount is worse than most. I ended up buying a super heavy duty GPS mount from Amazon and cannibalized it to make it fit the IQ head. Thing has never fallen off- not sure why Escort can't make something like this.
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Seriously considering trading it in. Tired of all the issues with this damn thing
It might be time. If you have a smart phone with data you will be better off using that for GPS nav and getting a RD that works with it.
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TBNTX...thanks for the sufggestion, however, I am not going to be doing this every morning rushing to work. It is impractical.
I think I will be just saving up and trading this bad experiment in for something decent. Looking at the max and max 2. It's a $50 difference in price, is there any advantages of the 2 over the original?
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My suggestion to refresh the cup wasn't intended to be a daily occurrence, packhntr.

Just do this every so-often. The vinyl suction cups get rigid over time, and a once-in-a-while dip in a hot pan of water refreshes them.

Please try it. It's the chemistry of the vinyl cups, and it's always been a well-known practice to refresh the cups. Just once every-so-often. It's not a daily requirement.

Give it a try, ok?
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The rubber Escort uses on the suction cup is too hard. If they made it out if softer rubber it wouldn't fall off or need special tricks to keep it attached when it drops below 72 degrees.

I guess it's a moot point since Escort decided to pull the rug out from underneath IQ owners and discontinue it altogether.
 

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