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    Hidden GPS

    I suspect my ex-wife has hidden a GPS device on my car. What is the best way to find out without tearing the car apart?

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    Pretty much tear the car apart.

    Or you may be able to consult a PI firm or someother such business and have it checked out.

    Then, if you find one, I think you need to consider some serious legal advice.
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    could be anywhere

    You can put these almost anywhere, but certain places are preferred. GPS units like to have an unobstructed view of the sky so they can get a good satellite lock. For my carputer I put the antenna under the dash close to the windshield. Here is a site that sells them where you can get information on placement. If you do find it have some fun and put it on her car, or a strangers. If she tried to save any money it might be the type that she would have to physically retrieve to download the trip data. You can look for any new mapping software on her computer.

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    ...and I thought I had problems.

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    You cannot just locate it with some device because GPS units receive only, they do not transmit. However if this is a GPS unit with live tracking, then it will transmit. Probably on a cellular carrier wave. But those are hard to pinpoint on an object as small as a car.

    If you think it is a receive only GPS and she is manually uploading the data (like those USB thumb trackers with a magnet), then check normal easy to get to spaces.

    Otherwise, trace power lines. If you cant find it, disconnect your major components, radio, ecu, battery, alternator, everything you want to save, then take a nice big wall plug and connect it to your car. Send 120vac through the car and anything you havent disconnected will go bye bye in a nice puff of smoke. Obviously this takes lots of time to unplug what you want to save. Of course try to unplug as close to the connector as possible, becasue if you get lazy and just unplug from a hub, you unplug the "tracker" too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post

    Otherwise, trace power lines. If you cant find it, disconnect your major components, radio, ecu, battery, alternator, everything you want to save, then take a nice big wall plug and connect it to your car. Send 120vac through the car and anything you havent disconnected will go bye bye in a nice puff of smoke. Obviously this takes lots of time to unplug what you want to save. Of course try to unplug as close to the connector as possible, becasue if you get lazy and just unplug from a hub, you unplug the "tracker" too.
    Eeeeyipe!

    NOT recommended.............
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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhite View Post
    Eeeeyipe!

    NOT recommended.............
    haha, I'd have to agree.

    Also, if the GPS was tied into the ignition lines and you disconnected all this before the 120VAC blast, the GPS would not be affected.

    Probably the only way is to look around. I'd start with under the dash. It would probably be relatively easy to find splices in the main harness and power lines running to a device.
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    Are you sure it isn't your cell phone she's tracking? Many phones now have gps capability, don't need a view of the sky, and would not have to be hidden or wired in because you willingly take it and keep it charged.
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    Just get yourself a GPS jammer.
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    Okay, I am new to the site and really need to read up on the gps as i have had radio interference and static on my tv while driving. This has been about 4 months now, about the same time my x-hubby I am assuming sent a hidden keylogger in an e-mail in which i discovered and removed. Thinking it is impossible...I have looked everywhere on the vehicle. I then decided to keep track of when the interference occured, well every morning I start up the van and take the kids to school approx 8am and on my way home at 6!! Oh I so do not have the patience.... HELP! Where can i look to find it? I do not want to spend 300.00 on a device! Thank you

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