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Old September 12th, 2009
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I have gotten false laser alerts due to a loose fit of the 12 volt cord in the socket, as a matter of fact my 9500 was doing it yesterday because I grabbed an adapter, or splitter to take on the road with me and it wasn't made quite right to fit in there snug.. I looked on the adapter, and it said Made in China.
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Old September 12th, 2009
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I also know for a fact that you can get the 8500 repaired and you won't get a phone call saying they can't fix it. The repair charge is around $80. You will not find a detector anywhere that will perform as good as your 8500 for $80.
Thanks. We can absolutely repair it. That FCC ID is shared with some X50s so the repair fee may not be the flat $80 (technically $79.95).

Again, call our service department, they can help you rather quickly.
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Old May 31st, 2010
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As useless as Laser detection is being an engineer I had to figure this out and have a viable solution. The interference in my case was from my motorcycles electrical system and does not require a modification to the radar detector itself, but rather to the power supply cable. I was using a direct wire cord purchased from Escort. It is not shielded and has no ferrite cores. I have no problem with the direct wire connection in my Honda Accord.

I took a USB cable that had a ferrite core at each end and was shielded (most are) and cut the ends off, thus leaving me with a 4 conductor shielded cable with ferrite cores at both ends. Having an Escort 8500, it uses an RJ-11/RJ-12 connector using the center two of the 6 pin positions. I attached an RJ-11 to one end of the cable and the other to my fuse block. I re-enabled laser and no longer have false laser alerts as a result of the bikes electronics. Sure I still get false Laser alerts from other sources, but the problem for me is solved.

Lets face it with Troopers aim a laser at a car's license plate and a beam spread of about 4 feet 1,000 feet out the car being shot is blocking all the signal. If you pick up laser it is just confirmation your speed at that moment was clocked. If you don't see any lights in your mirrors and no one ahead signals you to the shoulder then you know how fast they let you get away with, at least for that trooper. You get clocked with laser your cooked, I just had to solve this problem for my situation and radar/laser detector.
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Old June 7th, 2010
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My 8500 just started getting crazy with my 1994 Cadillac Eldorado in the past few weeks. False lasering when door locks are triggered and when horn is pressed. (also each and every time I turn my car on or off as it has an autolocking feature that is not easily disabled)

Also getting Self-Cal messages and the occasional Service Required that is fixed by unplugging the unit for a while and plugging it back in.

If I hit a button at Service Required, it reads "Cal3 Error."

Don't mean to thread jack, but does the noise filter sound applicable to me? Or is this maybe a problem with the detector? Can't find my ZR3 head unit to save me from laser at least 100% of the time seeing as the detector "works when it wants to" (but when it is working, it does a DAMN good job. KA hits from over 3/4 mile with a slight hill. NO idea why it wants to self-cal.)

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Old June 7th, 2010
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The service required message means that the Passport needs servicing. It typically means the antenna could not resolve it's tuning and will not detect properly.

Please contact our customer service department at 1-800-543-1608 between 8am-6pm Eastern time Mon-Fri to set up a repair.
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Old June 14th, 2012
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I am having the same false problems in a Acura TSX with the four cylinder with variable valve timing. So Escort radar detectors won't work in my car? BOGUS!

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The noise filter may work, and is worth a try, but it is doubtful.

The reason that hard acceleration is setting off the laser circuit is that the laser circuitry uses a high-gain amplifier. Any strong electrical interference, electrical noise, will trigger a laser alert. Your vehicle is equipped with a variable valve timing system which, due to the electro-magnetic clutch of the system, emits a large amount of noise which the detector is picking up when the valve timing is being adjusted during hard acceleration. Some horns are also as noisy electrically as they are audibly.

It is possible that a capacitor in the laser circuit has degraded out of spec or that some shielding has worked loose. We have equipment tuned to replicate strong EM noise so that we can diagnose and adjust this circuitry to reduce this interference.

FYI we are not the only detector manufacturer effected by this phenomenom, using a high-gain amplifier is common in laser detection circuitry.
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I am having the same false problems in a Acura TSX with the four cylinder with variable valve timing. So Escort radar detectors won't work in my car? BOGUS!
I don't believe that's what EscortRadar said. And I hope that you read his last sentence: "FYI we are not the only detector manufacturer effected by this phenomenom, using a high-gain amplifier is common in laser detection circuitry."

Basically, your Acura makes a lot of electrical noise, and even other manufacturers' RD may be affected by it.

There might be other models that Escort makes that could be more immune to this noise. But the root cause of the problem is the Acura.
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Old June 18th, 2012
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I am having the same false problems in a Acura TSX with the four cylinder with variable valve timing. So Escort radar detectors won't work in my car? BOGUS!
It will certainly work in this vehcile. Either try a noise filter as outlined above or call us to have your laser detector de-tuned slightly. If it's under warranty then we will cover this service.

The noise if probably caused by a poor ground in your vehicle's lighter socket or electrical noise from the VVT system (or a combination). Any good laser detector will most probably false alert in your vehicle too.
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Old June 22nd, 2012
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Default laser falsing is common on x50, and rx65, among others

lasr falsing is very common with these units and called bel/escort rep and he told me his sti does the same thing at different times. mainly if the sun rays catch it in the wrong way, etc. and as told above, possible noise from engine, and a filter may solve it but more likely not. Sun rays arent noise but light. i have shifters in place now and will consider turning of my laser on rd unit now. i am wondring if this will make unit faster in other bands just like when x band is shut off? if so, now that i have a shifter and working...if theres a chance this will make it a better rd unit by not scanning the laser with its computer processor, than thinking of doing it...but if you dont have shifters, god luck cause this has been happening to me on high end units since 2000 with sun rays, engine noise or whatever causing laser falsing, especially at every toll booth or near airports, some garage door openers, and some lexus/toyotas use laser for the cruise control...all the more reason to shut it off.

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Old June 22nd, 2012
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Disabling laser detection will not effect the radar detection performance on our detectors. Laser and radar detection are handled by entirely different portions of the radar detector unit.

If your detector is laser alerting along with high engine revs then we can modify the laser circuit to reduce these alerts. Please call us to set up this service at the number in my signature below.
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