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Old November 15th, 2018
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I have a MAX 360 and it has been working for over 6 months with the direct wire smartcord. It started becoming intermittent so checked voltage and it was good at the rj-11 connector. I plugged it into the cigarette lighter adapter that came with it and it works fine. Called Escort support and they sent me a new direct wire kit (great support) and it does not power the detector on either. I did use the same source but tried a different ground.

For reference I have a 2017 Superduty and have it wired to the upfitter switches.
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I have a MAX 360 and it has been working for over 6 months with the direct wire smartcord. It started becoming intermittent so checked voltage and it was good at the rj-11 connector. I plugged it into the cigarette lighter adapter that came with it and it works fine. Called Escort support and they sent me a new direct wire kit (great support) and it does not power the detector on either. I did use the same source but tried a different ground.

For reference I have a 2017 Superduty and have it wired to the upfitter switches.
If the detector works using the cigarette lighter power source, and you've received a replacement direct-wire set, then I suspect it's either a wiring issue, or perhaps a power issue in the vehicle.

Asking this, how are you routing the DW power to the detector? Direct from battery, or from the fuse block?
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Old November 16th, 2018
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If the detector works using the cigarette lighter power source, and you've received a replacement direct-wire set, then I suspect it's either a wiring issue, or perhaps a power issue in the vehicle.

Asking this, how are you routing the DW power to the detector? Direct from battery, or from the fuse block?

It is from a fuse block. The ford upfitter switches in the cab enable you to turn it off and on. Measuring the voltage at the RJ-11 plug I can turn the power on and off. Today I have the DW hooked up while driving and the detector came on and stayed on till I shut the truck off. When I got back in it wouldn't come back on again till I hooked up the lighter adapter. It is really weird. I am a Electronics engineer by trade. I have hooked up the DW to a spare battery in my garage and the detector come right on. I may swap the fuse anyway in the fuse block.
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Old November 16th, 2018
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I found this Ford service bulletin regarding the upfitter switches which may help.
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Old November 20th, 2018
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for the heck of it I swapped relay and fuse and still no go. It has me stumped.
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Old December 6th, 2018
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I have it working now. What it turned out to be is the connector that spliced into the wire was connecting just enough to give me voltage but not enough to provide enough current. I soldered instead of using a connector and it is working fine.
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That's great! Thank you for following up here with the resolution to the issue. It may help others.
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