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Okay, I really miss the compass function associated with the rear view interior mirror. Friday evening I was reminded of that. Happily, I was in near-familiar territory, and it wasn't a large problem.

I need (really, really) to add a compass mirror to my interior. Am I correct in understanding it simply requires only a mirror replacement from a recycler?

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Warren

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I have no compass mirror capability in my dinosaur, so hears what I want...the compass on steroids!

http://www.garmin.com/products/nuvi360/

They're going for around $500 on eBay. If I drove out of town any more than I do, I would have had one of these yesterday. So for now, it's not made it past my "wish list". <_<

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Warren I got mine at Lakewood Auto Parts in Lindenhurst, speak to Scott at 957-3200, tell him Cadillac Mike told you to call, only speak to Scott. Mike

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Yes it's just as simple as getting one from a junk yard or anywhere else.

That's what I was told. Thanks for that.

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Warren

Warren I got mine at Lakewood Auto Parts in Lindenhurst, speak to Scott at 957-3200, tell him Cadillac Mike told you to call, only speak to Scott. Mike

Thanks Mike.

For once, I typed faster than you. :D

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Warren

EDIT: It would appeaar NOT. :P

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I apologize in advance, I am not trying to hijack the thread....

But if I may ask a follow up question.... what is involved in installing that???

You have to get power up to the mirror somehow, correct???

I'd love to do this to my Dad's truck.... what's the best way to do this??

Thanks guys.

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Just so you guys know, magnetic north is shifting. Good luck with your compass.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/20...north_pole.html

If you really want to make people safe drivers again then simply remove all the safety features from cars. No more seat belts, ABS brakes, traction control, air bags or stability control. No more anything. You'll see how quickly people will slow down and once again learn to drive like "normal" humans.

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I apologize in advance, I am not trying to hijack the thread....

But if I may ask a follow up question.... what is involved in installing that???

You have to get power up to the mirror somehow, correct???

I'd love to do this to my Dad's truck.... what's the best way to do this??

Thanks guys.

My old mirror was the autodimming type. I bought a compass auto dimming unit at the scrap yard took off the old one, plugged in the new one, calibrated it by driving slowly in circles in a parking lot and it works perfect... Very easy. The hardest part was physically installing the new one on the windshield a big PIA... Mike

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My old mirror was the autodimming type. I bought a compass auto dimming unit at the scrap yard took off the old one, plugged in the new one, calibrated it by driving slowly in circles in a parking lot and it works perfect... Very easy. The hardest part was physically installing the new one on the windshield a big PIA... Mike

Not that I've done the install yet (my mirror is just horribly loose), but from the instructions in my Chiltons (getting an FSM for the holidays!) it involves use of some force ending with a "pop" noise :huh:

Is this what you encountered, Mike? If so, any pointers for not breaking the w/s?

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As a matter of fact, I <i>am</i> driving 70 MPH in a phone booth.

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There is a calibration for offset of magnetic north versus true north. The owner's manual for cars that offer the compass mirror tell how to do that. Basically, you use a paper clip to push a button under a small hole at the bottom of the mirror on the passenger's side to put it in one of about 20 zones. I can scan it in and post it if anyone wants it.

Marika, yes, the Earth's magnetic field is changing. It's getting weaker and the North magentic pole is moving. However, the mirror compass only has eight directions -- N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, ane NW. Chhanges in magnetic north that are big enough to seriously affect this compass will be long enough in coming to ignore.

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My old mirror was the autodimming type. I bought a compass auto dimming unit at the scrap yard took off the old one, plugged in the new one, calibrated it by driving slowly in circles in a parking lot and it works perfect... Very easy. The hardest part was physically installing the new one on the windshield a big PIA... Mike

Not that I've done the install yet (my mirror is just horribly loose), but from the instructions in my Chiltons (getting an FSM for the holidays!) it involves use of some force ending with a "pop" noise :huh:

Is this what you encountered, Mike? If so, any pointers for not breaking the w/s?

Mark

Its funny the FSM provides specific directions as to how to install the mirror. Given that I bench press 225 pounds I would have thought that it would have popped right on! :lol: No such luck... I can offer no advice with the mirror, i struggled with it in the summer heat and it finally popped. If you want I can post the FSM directions later.

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Its funny the FSM provides specific directions as to how to install the mirror. Given that I bench press 225 pounds I would have thought that it would have popped right on! :lol: No such luck... I can offer no advice with the mirror, i struggled with it in the summer heat and it finally popped. If you want I can post the FSM directions later.

Sure, I'd appreciate it if you have time. If not, no big deal since I will be purchasing my FSM in the coming weeks from Helm's. Ah, the days of the torx screw are over ;)

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I think the important thing is to evenly spread the pressure across the surface of the mirror when pushing it back in or when pulling it off. This helps avoid cracking the mirror.

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Okay, I really miss the compass function associated with the rear view interior mirror. Friday evening I was reminded of that. Happily, I was in near-familiar territory, and it wasn't a large problem.

I need (really, really) to add a compass mirror to my interior. Am I correct in understanding it simply requires only a mirror replacement from a recycler?

Regards,

Warren

I am sorry if I sound rude but how can that compass be any help in not getting lost?Navigation system maybe but as far as the compass goes,it's just a "make look fancy" feature.I don't have one on my 98 Deville,I got one on my big rig and I don't care for it.Outside temperature thermometer,yes,very helpfull in the winter and the roads are about to freeze.Just my two cents. ;)

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I am sorry if I sound rude but how can that compass be any help in not getting lost?Navigation system maybe but as far as the compass goes,it's just a "make look fancy" feature.I don't have one on my 98 Deville,I got one on my big rig and I don't care for it.Outside temperature thermometer,yes,very helpfull in the winter and the roads are about to freeze.Just my two cents. ;)

Well, for me it came in handy when I got turned around in an unfamiliar neighborhood and came out at a different entrance. Rather than relying on gut feel, I glanced up and got my bearings quick. I am somewhat cardinal-direction challenged.

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A compass does not necessarily help me around my neighborhood too much, it helps me on the highway and in strange locations so that I have a general idea of where I am heading when I am lost. Being a real estate appraiser I am often driving to 10 to 15 locations on rural roads and the compass allows me to have an idea of my direction. In Brooklyn it helps me on city blocks to know if I am headed right. I find the compass to be very helpful. Would I LOVE a GPS? OH YEA, I am getting one for my laptop one of these days....

I think the important thing is to evenly spread the pressure across the surface of the mirror when pushing it back in or when pulling it off. This helps avoid cracking the mirror.

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Thanks Bruce, this is a good thread to have distractions in it.

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When I first bought my previous 96 STS, I dropped the previous owner off, then had to use the compass in the mirror to get back to the expressway and home. I think it can be very handy and I would include it in all Cadillacs if it were up to me.

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I think with the new onstar system its standard in all caddys and most other models I've seen.

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I am sorry if I sound rude but how can that compass be any help in not getting lost?Navigation system maybe but as far as the compass goes,it's just a "make look fancy" feature.I don't have one on my 98 Deville,I got one on my big rig and I don't care for it.Outside temperature thermometer,yes,very helpfull in the winter and the roads are about to freeze.Just my two cents. ;)

Well, for me it came in handy when I got turned around in an unfamiliar neighborhood and came out at a different entrance. Rather than relying on gut feel, I glanced up and got my bearings quick. I am somewhat cardinal-direction challenged.

I guess I'm cardinal-direction challenged as well. I took my son squirrel hunting last month and we weren't more than 1/2 mile in the woods before I got turned around. Luckily I had my compass and noted what direction we walked in and we found our way out. If it weren't for the compass, we'd still be there in the woods. :lol:

Mike, I was looking at that Microsoft Street and Trips 2007 program with the GPS locator for my laptop as well. Is that the program you were referring to? I read a few bad reviews about it, so I did some searching and that's when I ran across that Garmin Nuvi 350/360. Albeit more expensive, they are really cool; wireless, bluetooth, voice direction (text to speech feature calls out turns by street name.), MP3 player, picture viewer with an SD expansion slot, etc. The Microsoft program does NOT include automatic rerouting once you get off route, whereas the Garmin does. The wireless feature is what I liked most, and the size...fits in your pocket. It would certainly come in handy for your job. If you haven't already, check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Vehicle-Navig...t/dp/B000EXS1BS

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Vehicle-Navig...r/dp/B000BKJZ9Q

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Streets-Tr...r/dp/B000HCXKMG

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Thanks for that Epriced! I will look into it, I love the idea that its wireless also.. Nice

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