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Greetings,


I will soon be taking delivery of my Xc90 and was wondering if anyone had their Valentine One or Escort hardwired.
If so, where did you draw power from?
Does anyone have any suggestions as to where the ideal place would be?



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Yes. I hardwired my valentine. I found the under hood fuse that powers the console 12v outlet. I used a fuse tap and ran power wire to the interior via the rear of the fender and into the dash.

Thank you , may I ask why you chose the fuse in the engine compartment instead of say the dome/map light area or ?
 

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Just had my Escort hard wired professionally and he soldered it to the 12volt socket on the console near the gear shift. Took about an hour and cost $75. Nice job.
 

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Don't have pics, but he ran the cable from the unit mounted on the lower windshield down and across the right below the windshield blower. He removed the right windshield pillor fascia over the airbag and the right console cover. He said these snap on and snap off. The cable then followed this path under the dash board ( not sure if anything was removed there ) to the socket
 

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Don't have pics, but he ran the cable from the unit mounted on the lower windshield down and across the right below the windshield blower. He removed the right windshield pillor fascia over the airbag and the right console cover. He said these snap on and snap off. The cable then followed this path under the dash board ( not sure if anything was removed there ) to the socket
 

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Got to appreciate the irony. People buy a Volvo mostly for the safety, and then buy radar detectors so that they can exceed the legal speed limits.
 

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Thank you , may I ask why you chose the fuse in the engine compartment instead of say the dome/map light area or ?
So, that 's a really interesting question. I looked in the manual that seemed to show three fuse blocks - rear luggage area, front passenger footwell and underhood. I would have preferred to use the passenger footwell block but couldn't find it to save my life. I asked the dealer's service manager to locate it. He THOUGHT it was under a bolted on panel beneath the glove box. He also cautioned me to be careful where I tapped into the existing circuits because, "These cars are so sensitive to electrical draws." I searched under the glove box and still couldn't find it.
I elected the underhood block for two reasons. 1.) The fuse for the console mounted 12v outlet is there. And I figured that circuit would be 'safe' since had I used the standard cigar lighter power cord it would be on that circuit. And 2.) the run of wire from the underhood to the dash area was more direct and shorter than the run from the luggage area. Since I could find no existing hole through the fire wall, I covered the power wire with corregated covering and a short portion of it is visible between the rear of the front fender and the place where I tucked it into the weather stripping near the dash. That parts not optimal.

SO, has anyone found a fuse block in the front passenger foot well or in that area?
Hope this helps.
 

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So, that 's a really interesting question. I looked in the manual that seemed to show three fuse blocks - rear luggage area, front passenger footwell and underhood. I would have preferred to use the passenger footwell block but couldn't find it to save my life. I asked the dealer's service manager to locate it. He THOUGHT it was under a bolted on panel beneath the glove box. He also cautioned me to be careful where I tapped into the existing circuits because, "These cars are so sensitive to electrical draws." I searched under the glove box and still couldn't find it.
I elected the underhood block for two reasons. 1.) The fuse for the console mounted 12v outlet is there. And I figured that circuit would be 'safe' since had I used the standard cigar lighter power cord it would be on that circuit. And 2.) the run of wire from the underhood to the dash area was more direct and shorter than the run from the luggage area. Since I could find no existing hole through the fire wall, I covered the power wire with corregated covering and a short portion of it is visible between the rear of the front fender and the place where I tucked it into the weather stripping near the dash. That parts not optimal.

SO, has anyone found a fuse block in the front passenger foot well or in that area?
Hope this helps.
Thank you, i also thought about the passenger side fuse box but have not looked at it.

Why hasn't anyone drawn power from the dome/map lights ?


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If you go to the blendmount.com site (they make very nice sturdy radar mounts) they offer wire taps that tap into plugs in and around the rear view mirror. The car is so new that I'm not sure anyone has figured out where to tap into. Beyond that, I would avoid the dome / map lights for a couple of POTENTIAL reasons. 1.) you want to be sure the circuit you select is not powered all the time. You want the detector to shut down automatically when the car is turned off. The dome lights may be powered independent of the ignition. 2.) it's possible that the added draw on those circuits could trigger a 'bulb out' or other warning as those circuits my not be expecting the extra couple of amps needed for the detector.
 

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You make a good point,
I had looked at blendmount, they do not have anything available.


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Well - if you view safety as a type of "capital"...then you can spend that capital on risk mitigation or you can spend that capital on keeping the risk level the same and increasing your speed... ;-)
 

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#cognitivedissonanceforlife.
Respectfully, I see it differently. First, the car is so smooth and quiet it's easy to exceed the speed limits which are generally only 65 or 70 in my part of the country. Secondly, driving 5 to 10 mph over the limit seems to be the norm and you end up doing that just yo keep up with traffic flow
That can earn you a ticket at almost any point in time. I count on the car to keep me safe and the detector to keep me "informed ". ;)
 
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