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Old 11-05-2004, 01:59 AM   #1
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My recalibrate compass code has been showing up every couple of days. I reset it according to the directions in the owners manual, but it only stays set for a short period of time. It all started when I had my front motor mounts replaced and new tires installed. My question is ...... could either of these events have caused something to be moved or damaged that would cause the compass to lose its' calibration. My lack of understanding on how my car'* compass works may be very evident by my question.
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The sensing unit is in the trunk and sometimes can get blocked or kocked around. Beware if you have subs as the magnets can really mess it up.
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I have installed no new electronic equipment in the the car. The only magnet that has been in the trunk will have been the magnet that is on the speaker located in the rear door panel. I had the door panel laying in the trunk for two weeks while waiting for my rear window regulator to arrive. Would that magnet have been powerful enough to do any damage?
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Would that magnet have been powerful enough to do any damage?
I really don't think so, but it could possibly have an adverse affect on the compass module. Do you pass near any sub stations or high voltage transmission lines in your travels?
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As far as I know there are no high voltage lines anywhere near where I drive. If I must replace my compass transducer it will cost me $208.00 Canadian. When I replaced my window regulator it was to cost $471.00 C so I ordered it from the good folks at Puritan Pontiac and it cost me $212.00 US. However, when I try to find any compass parts on any of the gm parts websites I come up with nothing. So if anybody has any tips or website address for finding a new compass transducer please let me know. Thanks
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junkyard.. or car-part.com [that'* the URL, right? it'* early]


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Thanks cart-part.com is a great website, but alas no mention of anything relating to compass parts.
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Personally, I use www.junkyarddog.com/ Because you don't have to pick from a drop down menu, you just make a description. Their junkyard search isn't as large as car-part.. however I have always gotton the part replies back from each part I have requested.. so they aren't that small. The only thing I suggest, is if you get a reply saying "we need more info, please call xxx" that means they don't have it. Just a little tip


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Thanks for another great website to add to my favorites.
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it can also be anything metal. My problem ended up being my lug nut t bar sticking out
of my milkcrate of stuff. I took it out and problem solved.
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