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I'm trying to direct wire an Escort 8500 in my RTL and so far I can't find a circuit that goes off when the key is off. I tie into a fuse in the panel by the parking brake, for example #9 the one for the rear accessory outlet. This is only on when the key is in position 2 or 3. However, my radar is on all the time. I've done the same install in two previous cars, an Audi and Infiniti and it works great. Does anyone have any ideas for me to try?
 

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If you go to H and A, http://www.handa-accessories.com/ridgeline/automirror.pdf, look at the install pdf documnet for the auto-dimming mirror, you will see there is a connector up underneath the overhead console that can be used for your detector. I direct wired my Valentine1 detector there last week. It took a whole 15 minutes.

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Thanks for the idea to try other fuses. I didn't have any luck using #29, on all the time. I did find that #32 did work only when the key was in position 2 and 3. Just slipped a little wire around one of the fuse prongs and pushed it into place. Almost a easy operation until I dropped the fuse behind the panel. Could not retrieve it so replaced it with what I had available. It is now a 10 amp instead of the 7.5 that was there. Will that be a problem? Should I replace it when I get the proper size fuse? Thanks again.
 

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tothfixr said:
Thanks for the idea to try other fuses. I didn't have any luck using #29, on all the time. I did find that #32 did work only when the key was in position 2 and 3. Just slipped a little wire around one of the fuse prongs and pushed it into place. Almost a easy operation until I dropped the fuse behind the panel. Could not retrieve it so replaced it with what I had available. It is now a 10 amp instead of the 7.5 that was there. Will that be a problem? Should I replace it when I get the proper size fuse? Thanks again.
Never a good idea to oversize. Better be undersized anytime.:)
 

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tothfixr said:
It is now a 10 amp instead of the 7.5 that was there. Will that be a problem? Should I replace it when I get the proper size fuse? Thanks again.
Yes. It can be a problem. Whatever device is hooked there with a 7.5 amp fuse could be damaged if too much juice goes through there, but doesn't trigger the 10 amp fuse.
 

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tothfixr said:
I'm trying to direct wire an Escort 8500 in my RTL and so far I can't find a circuit that goes off when the key is off. I tie into a fuse in the panel by the parking brake, for example #9 the one for the rear accessory outlet. This is only on when the key is in position 2 or 3. However, my radar is on all the time. I've done the same install in two previous cars, an Audi and Infiniti and it works great. Does anyone have any ideas for me to try?
See this thread.

I posted pictures of my tap into the auto dim mirror wires. Best way to do this.
http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2021&page=2&highlight=valentine
 

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Yes. It can be a problem. Whatever device is hooked there with a 7.5 amp fuse could be damaged if too much juice goes through there, but doesn't trigger the 10 amp fuse.
If the connected device draws more than 7.5 amps it is already damaged to begin with. The fuse would not have been able to have prevented that damage.

The purpose of most fuses in electrical wiring is to protect the wiring from burning up and starting a fire in the event of a current overload condition. What causes overloads? Connecting too many devices on the circuit, exceeding the amperage rating of the fuse. Also if a frayed wire shorts to ground, this will also cause an overload, which will then trip the fuse.
 
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