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    Help! Newbie Question.

    Waddup.

    Jus bought a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac - special edition blah blah blah (ill show pics later) hmmmm im tryin to hook up my radar detector... problem is... even if tha car is off and the key is out.. the dam detector is still on... in my old car 2001 Dodge interpid i never had this problem... soon as the car turned off the detector turned off (yes its the same detector) hmmm.... is there any way to make this work the way it did in my intrepid or do i have to plug it in and out every time... which would lead me to sellin the detector....

    grrrrrrrrrrrrrr


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    ive done google searches... and nothing... ive came up empty handed... i found this site while googling for the answer... :-\

    hope you can help

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    How do you have it installed in your car? In the lighter outlet or hardwired to your battery?

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    take it out the lighter socket and wire it through an ACC line, ford sockets dont usually turn off with the ignition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v8 scimitar
    take it out the lighter socket and wire it through an ACC line, ford sockets dont usually turn off with the ignition.
    whats the best wire to feed off to hard wire it? can it result in any electrical damage? :-\ im not the most crafty electrican...

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    8 or 10 guage electrical wire (MAY be over kill, but meh) run from your battery. Red to positive, Black to ground. Doesnt have to be the ground of the battery, can ground it on your car. OR, if you want to go the ghetto way, connect the positive to your fuse panel, Like a dome light or something. Though you run the risk of blowing the fuse. Doesnt the instructions for this have a 'permanent' installation? Then again, some other members may have some other ideas...Im still learnin myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimoire
    8 or 10 guage electrical wire (MAY be over kill, but meh) run from your battery. Red to positive, Black to ground. Doesnt have to be the ground of the battery, can ground it on your car. OR, if you want to go the ghetto way, connect the positive to your fuse panel, Like a dome light or something. Though you run the risk of blowing the fuse. Doesnt the instructions for this have a 'permanent' installation? Then again, some other members may have some other ideas...Im still learnin myself.
    And then you still have an always on radar detector.

    If you have some skill...

    My recomendation, go to walmart and buy a ford wiring harness so you can reference which wire is the ignition wire for your radio. Then take out the radio (you need a few nails and some patience to do this, google removing a ford headunit) and find the corosponding wire that is the ignition. Cut it, strip some wire off, twist it together with a positive wire and run that positive wire to your radar detector. And while you are at it you can run the negative wire from your radar detector to a ground wire behind the radio the same way.

    Ignition is only powered when the car is on, but you don't want to run heavy duty equipment (like an amp or a headunit) off of it.
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    An alternative is to check your fuse box for an unused fuse that turns off when you turn the ignition off. Then just run the detector's positive wire to it. It is a good idea to connect to the fuse end which is not powered when you take the fuse out. That way you can put a small fuse in the fuse holder and protect your syystem.
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    I have an infiniti, i will run - and + from battery, and the ignition wire from sig lighter+? (it turns off when key is out). Would this work?

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    you could always install a relay inline with the cig lighter socket and have it switched by an acc lead (could be found on the radio harness as mentioned above)
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