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why does my compass keep telling me to calibrate it?

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by tbomb, October 2, 2002.

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  1. tbomb

    tbomb Well-Known Member

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    for some reason my compass in my truck kept saying "CAL", telling me to calibrate it, so i did it, and it was fine. a few days later, i look up at it, and it says "CAL" again. i live in northern NJ, but i frequently go to philadelphia which is in the next "zone" in the manual, so this time i calibrated it for the NJ zone (the other times i had done it for the PA zone.) could that be the problem? i guess ill find out in the next week or 2 - if i see "CAL" up there again.
     
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  3. Robert

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    Going from NJ to Philly shouldn't be the problem. I drove mine from Ohio to Arizona, crossing several zones in the process. Not once did mine ever say to calibrate it. I did calibrate it once I got to my final destination, but not because it said to.
     
  4. tbomb

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    well, at my job, i spend a decent amount of the day hanging out in my truck, doing my paperwork, but i have the accessories on to listen to the radio, i dunno if that has anything to do with it. i guess ill just have to wait, and if it does it again, i start poking around in the compass system - at least its nothing major, heh.
     
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    If you have anything magnetic near it, that would knock it out of whack.
     
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    Large magnetic CB antenna on the roof above it? (Forgive me if this sounds dumb, but it's all I could think of...)
     
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    nope. i dunno whats going on. it only started doing it since i moved to NJ, heh. im hoping when i move to long island in 5 months, itll stop.
     
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    did you by any chance get an eztag or other tollbooth thing?
     
  9. tbomb

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    YEAH! i got an ezpass when i moved to NJ. could that be it? id try to mount the ezpass tage somewhere else, but theres really nowhere else to mount it, heh.
     
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    It's telling you to move to CALifornia

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Slow day at work.
     
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    must be real slow, heh.
     
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    My '95 got stuck in cal mode. I followed the cal procedure by finding a parking lot and driving around in a circle a couple of times to fix it.
     
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    yeah, thats how you calibrate it. i do that every few weeks, heh.
     
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    It's your EZ tag. Mount it on the lower driver corner of the windshield.

    Alec strikes again!
     
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    oh man, that makes sense; i never even thought of that. thanks alec :)
     






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