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Old 09-16-2010, 11:53 AM
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Power Port Never Turns Off

I've realized that the power port never turns off. In every vehicle I've had, that I can recall, if there was a port that never turned off, then there was a port or cigarette lighter, that did turn off when the vehicle was turned off. This is absurd.

Has anyone come up with a workaround? Wiring it to one of the aux switches? Wondering how easy/difficult that would be.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:40 PM
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simple cure unplug whats pluged if you dont want it powered. Wish new car didnt turn off with ingniton so cell phone will charge. I wouldnt call it ubsurd just a small inconvenience.lol
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:45 PM
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My last truck had some plugs that stayed on (i.e. for a cell phone) and others that turned off (i.e. for a radar detector). Also, I've seen this be dealer configurable on other vehicles. Never had a vehicle where both always stay on.

I don't want to have to unplug my radar detector everytime I park and unplug it everytime I get in. Somehow I would mind less if I just had to flip a switch. Can't be that complicated to wire up - just wondering if someone had done it.
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Just leave your Radar Detector Plugged in or Wire it in. I have mine wired in and it never turns off. If I want to turn it off I just hit the Power Button.

And sure there is a workaround.

Pull your dash re-wire cigarette lighter so it keys on and off with the truck probably through your fuse panel would be the easiest.
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Or you could do what I did with my Expedition and I plan on doing in my F250. I tapped into the 12v ACC power and ground for my radio and installed a 12v accessory plug and tucked it away in the dash. I then routed my GPS cord through the top, front of the dashboard into the plug. From then on, my GPS would power up with the truck and turned off when shut down. All electrical connections properly fused and insulated of course.
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