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Old 07-09-2015, 01:04 PM   #1
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Accessory power points always on

So the power ports in the car are always on in my 2011, and while it doesn't particularly bother me, I have a radar detector on the dashboard that is always on. Its becoming tedious to turn it off manually. On my wife's Cruze, the power ports lose power as soon as the key is out and the driver door is open.

Is there anyway to have it turned off like the Cruze?
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Accessory power points always on

You would have to rewrire the power wire to a wire that's only on when the key is on. Such as your radio power wires. Pretty easy to do something like this.


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not w/o rewiring it as Prima said.
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So the power ports in the car are always on in my 2011, and while it doesn't particularly bother me, I have a radar detector on the dashboard that is always on. Its becoming tedious to turn it off manually. On my wife's Cruze, the power ports lose power as soon as the key is out and the driver door is open.

Is there anyway to have it turned off like the Cruze?
Do you have an auto-dimming mirror? If so, you can tap into the connector on the back to power your radar detector. It will be on the accessory delay circuit.

I did this on my '13 and it was pretty simple. My radar detector uses an RJ-11 plug for power, so I just hacked up an old phone cord, soldered on a couple of gold-plated pin connectors, and stuck them in the back of the connector supplying the mirror. Just be sure you don't short anything or you'll be replacing the accessory delay fuse (ask me how I know).
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I do indeed have the auto dimming mirror, is there a guide on how to do this?


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There should be one out there. They also sell a pre-made "mirror tap" that does what I described, so you might try Google searching for that term.
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I think I seen those wires on Amazon.com

I have my GPS plugged in to my center power receptacle on my 2102. The receptacle is on all of the time and I always leave my GPS plugged in and just turn it off. My radar detector is AA battery powered just the way I like it. No wires at all.
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Here's the website that sells the pre-made MirrorTap with in-line fuse: MirrorTap Radar Detector Power Cords.

That said, if you are handy with tools, you can make your own for under $10 (probably under $5 if you omit the fuse, which isn't really necessary as the circuit in the car has is fused already).
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I have the same problem, it burn up my radar detector

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I have the same problem, it burn up my radar detector
What problem was that?
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I can't see how that can happen.

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Are you talking about the wire to plug it into your mirror?
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Just install a toggle switch, I have one for my boost gauge

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Keep in mind that every electrical circuit is protected by a fuse, which was sized to protect the wiring circuit, based on a maximum anticipated load. I'm guessing the typical radar detector would not impose that great of an additional load to worry about, but when adding a new load to an existing circuit be aware of why there are different fuse sizes for different circuits.
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Keep in mind that every electrical circuit is protected by a fuse, which was sized to protect the wiring circuit, based a maximum anticipated load. I'm guessing the typical radar detector would not impose that great of an additional load to worry about, but when adding a new load to an existing circuit be aware of why there are different fuse sizes for different circuits.
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