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This is a discussion on Compass Broke within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; So my rear view mirror compass is broke. It reads North all the time. Well, kind of. It reads either ...

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    Compass Broke

    So my rear view mirror compass is broke. It reads North all the time. Well, kind of. It reads either N, NE, or NW. Nothing else, if I'm going north or south it reads N. If I'm going west its NW and east is NE. I just noticed it around 2 weeks ago. It would read W and E back then but now never does.
    Anyone ever have this strange thing happen? Thanks.

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    It might be broke, or need to be recalibrated. I believe in the manual there is a way to recalibrate it by driving in a few circles. Just don't come back and say you have a huge magnet sitting on your dash and can't figure out what's wrong. lol
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    haha, Yeah, I actually thought of that. I asked myself a few times, "Did I put a magnet near this thing?" I'm pretty sure I didn't. I hope I can recalibrate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by losinspace View Post
    haha, Yeah, I actually thought of that. I asked myself a few times, "Did I put a magnet near this thing?" I'm pretty sure I didn't. I hope I can recalibrate it.

    These auto dimming compass mirrors are a somewhat "common" problem...50% of the time they can be re calibrated and 50% of the time they have failed...Also the auto dimming liquid inside the mirror develops spots and if that happens a new mirror is required...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvoEatr View Post
    These auto dimming compass mirrors are a somewhat "common" problem...50% of the time they can be re calibrated and 50% of the time they have failed...Also the auto dimming liquid inside the mirror develops spots and if that happens a new mirror is required...
    probably what i have to do huh... my auto dim works like a champ, but my compass doesnt work at all?... good thing i own a gps unit to tell me where im headed.. lol.
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    Found it.
    Large, open, level area.
    Turn off all nonessential electric equipment
    Press & hold left button for 3 secs (Enter CAL mode)
    Drive in 2 or 3 slow circles until CAL disappears

    Now I just got to do it somewhere.

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    I just did it. Worked like a charm!!!! Yippee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jusino View Post
    probably what i have to do huh... my auto dim works like a champ, but my compass doesnt work at all?... good thing i own a gps unit to tell me where im headed.. lol.

    Def. worth a try to recalibrate before going out to spend, I believe over $100 on a new auto dimming compass mirror...

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