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Hey guys.

Well, my car came with a V1 hardwired and it's badass!....well, except that it has never worked, and I want to know why. the previous owner, Serebo1 said it had worked since day 1 until the day it left Cali.

Anyone have one, and do they know how or why this could happen?

I asked specialty to look into it and they said, "oh it's wired right, it must be a software issue."

Does that make sense? And if so, how does one go about fixing that? if not...what the heck do I check?

-Ken
 

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Try to use the cigarette lighter wiring. If it powers up, it's the hardwiring. If it doesn't, it's the unit itself.
 

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Hmm, I don't have the "phone cable" to cigarette lighter connection. I thought about that, but it has the hidden in dash mount too.

quick learning quetion: how is the actual unit connected to the in dash mount? also, how expensive is the cigarette lighter wiring...unless someone has one I can borrow.
 

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If it tapped into the cig lighter wiring, check and see if the fuse is blown. Under the front right access panel, look in the owners manual for the exact fuse. It's a 20amp one.
 

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that's a good point, I'll have to check. I've never even plugged anything into the lighter port so I'm not sure if it's working. I wish I was home, I hate being at work when I want to troubleshoot something haha
 

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Can you post some photos of the hardwiring? Is it run along the top of the windscreen? I read that there really isn't a lot of space to tuck a wire up there. I use an escort but would like to hardwire it like I've done to another car.
 

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my wiring is actually custom. I think it runs down the side sill and is flush mounted into the dash. it's quite nice, if it actually works.

I have the tesla double din dash, so it really adds to the look of it.
 

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Can you post some photos of the hardwiring? Is it run along the top of the windscreen? I read that there really isn't a lot of space to tuck a wire up there. I use an escort but would like to hardwire it like I've done to another car.
I have mine tucked up along that, I used some electrical tape to add some width to the wire and shoved it in there. Has worked really well!
 

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What do you mean when saying "it never worked"?
It doesn't even turn on? Or it doesn't pick up the signals?
 

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it doesn't even turn on. I've messed with the power knob and the power cord phoneline thing.

I emailed Alan today and he said he gaurantees that the detector is fine, but probably unhooked or something.

But specialty car craft said they checked the wiring. i hope it's a fuse or something!
 

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So all of my connections are good. Nothing is loose. I don't know how to test for power. I grabbed my multimeter and just tested each of the four prongs on the chord lol no reading...

I'm at a loss. It seems to be wired nicely. Is there some magic trick to turning it on, or is the knob how you do it?
 

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I think you need some assistance there. Maybe a local stereo shop will help you track it down.

Sounds like you have no power, but "I don't know how to test for power...." is troubling. If you ground the negative lead of your multimeter (the dash tray thing actually works, or use the power plug between the seats) and test each pin on the phone-type plug, one of them should have some voltage on it, like 12V. If none do, then something is disconnected or a fuse is blown.
 

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I may have exaggerated my cluelessnes. But That's how I tested it and got no reading. I'm not sure what it's piggybacked off of so I don't know what fuse to check. And I really don't wanna pull the dash off.
 

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I don't know what is connected to. It's not the cigarette lighter that has power. It's connected behind the start button somewhere but I can't tell where it's spliced into.
 

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Yes lol that's a good question. Sometimes it's that easy. I'm thinking it's spliced inti the head unit. Does anyone know if a double din unit is removed like a regular deck? Using the 2 silver removal keys?
 

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There is usually an inline fuse with these.

The hot wire of the 4 is green:

With clip down, 2nd from left.
 

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https://store.valentine1.com/store/partsdept.asp

The cigarette lighter adapter is only $10 on the valentine-1 online store. I would get one and make sure the valentine 1 detector works with it. Then you know if it is the wiring or the radar detector.

If it is the installation, the concealed cable for valentine 1 has a build-in fuse somewhere. Perhaps it needs to be replaced. Also, if they tapped a power cable or a fuse, perhaps that part got loose.
 
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