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Tollroad transponder tape fail

Discussion in 'California (Southern)' started by TestShoot, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. TestShoot

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    Guys, many of you probably have FastTrak, Express lanes, EZ Pass or other toll road transponders. I am having tape issues, maybe some of you have experienced this too. I own multiple cars but this unit stays primarily in one car.

    The tape adheres to the windshield with no errors, but new strips of Velcro will not stick to the transponder itself. I have bought three kinds of tape and even tried a rubber cement and all fail within a week or two. It's like the damned thing is coated in some anti-glue repellent and it is not like the temperatures are through the roof either.

    I took a sharp turn with the window open and my cat-like reflexes caught it as it shot out the window. I mean, it was a "Hail Mary" fingertip catch.

    No way will I tape it to the dashboard and some of those suction cup holders won't fit into the gap where I need it to.
     
  2. Streetsurfer

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    I just use a silicone mat and set mine on the dash, then put it away when not using the tollway.

    Have you cleaned the plastic unit well with acetone and or alcohol before applying the velcro tabs? Our other vehicle’s tab has not let go and it is in the sun all the time, though at a point farther north than you.
     
  3. TestShoot

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    I cleaned the plastic, and it failed, then i used crazy glue, and it failed, I am about to try hot glue on a roughed up surface.
     
  4. ridege55

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    I do the same. The adhesive on that Velcro leaves a mess
     
  5. dm_n_stuff

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    we used to use hot melt for all kinds of applications. I'd recommend using something that remains flexible, not unlike the hot melt used to attach labels to cans. Stays sticky forever.

    https://www.amazon.com/Surebonder-H-810R-Performance-Acrylic-Adhesive/dp/B00AF8P7R8/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1514579878&sr=8-12&keywords=flexible+hot+melt+glue+sticks

    Maybe this?

    Or use those peel strips that 3m makes that are used for hanging stuff on walls? Considering they stay stuck to walls with 50lbs hanging on them?

    https://www.amazon.com/Command-Refill-Strips-6-Strips-17023P-ES/dp/B000FCGS5Y/ref=sr_1_8?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1514580095&sr=1-8&keywords=3M+wall+adhesive+strips+removable

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  6. ar4me

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    I have never had the velcro tape come off the transponder. We have had a few where the the velcro tape would come off the windshield. Either from years of heat/sun exposure or not cleaning the windshield well enough before applying. Maybe clean the transponder surface really well, sand it with super fine sand paper, clean again, and then apply a "high" quality velcro tape...
     
  7. mpurcy

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    I leave it in the tray next to stick shift....it registers just fine.
     
  8. RonH

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    I have 2 cars and one transponder registered to both license plate numbers. I don’t bother switching the transponder between vehicles. So they just get my license plate when I go through and they seem to find my account transponderless.
     
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  9. 308inSD

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    Similarly, I’m wondering why they need a transponder at all? 73 Toll Road already just snaps a pic of a license plate. Why can’t they do this wherever FastTrack is used?
     
  10. RonH

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    I suspect you don’t need any transponder at all.

    As I said I don’t use the transponder for my second car and I would bet I don’t not need it for the first either. As long as you register your plates against your account I bet you will be fine. I have never had a problem and have been doing this for a couple of years.
     
  11. TestShoot

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    I have a 2-character plate, cops even think it is fake, so some older readers have no idea it is real and it triggers CHP to come pull me over to verify. If the transponder fails I 100% get a traffic stop on the 73 or Golden Gate Bridge.

    The main car is my very conspicuous red X6M, thick windshield, thick steel, and if it is not up against the glass, it rarely triggers, thus prompting CHP to come say hello.
     

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