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Discussion in '348/355' started by Geohop, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Geohop

    Geohop Karting

    Feb 2, 2013
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    My 5 day old (for me) 99 spider has a button on the center console just below the power mirror control. It is inside a molded 90 degree angle. In my manual this space is empty. Thank you all
     
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  3. greyboxer

    greyboxer F1 World Champ

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    It sounds non-standard but a photo would help
     
  4. X11OUD

    X11OUD Formula Junior

    Mar 22, 2008
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    Congratulations on the new arrival, the position you mention was the location on the ABS override button on early 2.7 cars for the euro market, but I've seen a few aftermarket switches placed there. Try posting a pic if possible.
     
  5. WATSON

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    Yup. ABS override is what the hole in the console is for. Not legal in the US so it is plugged.

    Mine had a toggle switch in there when I bought the car. I turned that switch on and off for a month. Car on, Car off, parked, driving. Could never figure out what it did.

    So one day I pulled the ashtray out and then the panel to see where the wires went.

    No wires went to switch at all. hahahahaha
     
  6. redwedge

    redwedge Karting

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    Mine has a cat bypass override switch there :)
     
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  8. vvassallo

    vvassallo F1 Veteran

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    That might be a the valve guide or header failure activation button. ;)
     
  9. Geohop

    Geohop Karting

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    #7 Geohop, Feb 19, 2013
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    Apologies for the state of the console. Help is on the way. Here is a fuzzy pic of this mystery knob. Not ready to activate header failure quite yet
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  10. bzubi

    bzubi Karting

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    Radar Detector
     
  11. Geohop

    Geohop Karting

    Feb 2, 2013
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    Thank you! Makes sense there is a detector mounted somewhere - undiscovered. I hope it is able to turn the volume down. Previous owner must have have been deaf. In my neighborhood it is on constantly and very load. Appreciate the help
     
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  13. WATSON

    WATSON F1 World Champ
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    Mine will soon :)
     
  14. stevew3765

    stevew3765 Formula Junior

    Oct 27, 2012
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    So, now we know. So, let me ask the owner. Are you going to leave the radar detecter in there if one is present. Also could you please take a pic of your dash in the middle. Or maybe would be easier for you to tell us where the radar detecter is located. Thanks. It's just that I have an aftermarket one custom built in from lord knows when.....
     
  15. Geohop

    Geohop Karting

    Feb 2, 2013
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    I intend to leave it in. It is apparently brand new. There are 2 tiny LEDs up on the dash. Looks like a 1st class install. I just want to quiet it down a bit and I'm trying my new button to turn it on and off. It appears to have been on for the truck trip Phoenix to the Tx coast. I'll take some pics. I am using Stickynomore for the console issues and all three vents. Thanks again!
     
  16. bzubi

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    On the K40 Radar Detectors, if you turn the knob counter-clockwise, you would lower the volume. If you turn the knob clockwise, you would increase the volume.
    If you turn the knob all the way to the left until it clicks, you just turned the detector off.
    The lower ring is for City vs. Highway signal filtering.

    There are two parts to the K40, one mounted near the rear bumper towards the driver side and the other near the front bumper also towards the driver side.

    Hope this helps.
     
  17. Christian Sasfai

    Dec 31, 2012
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    Yes, that's a K40 radar detector. Mine is in the same spot. Center knob is volume and larger outer knob has three positions: City - Off - Highway. When you rotate the outer knob from center to either the right or left, it should give you a series of beeps and chirps as it goes through a start-up test. The dash LEDs show if it's detecting radar in the front or back. I suspect with new technology like laser, these radar detectors either are, or will soon be, obsolete.
     
  18. Hexus

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    May 24, 2008
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    #15 Hexus, Nov 18, 2014
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    My car also have this knob but it looks little bit different. Any clues what is it? Moves only left-right with center position. Feels like OEM not aftermarket but there is nothing in manuals regarding it.
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  19. Dave rocks

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  20. Hexus

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    May 24, 2008
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    Yes I know that ABS cut-off is for Europe only but I'm in Europe. Car is '97 (5.2) and it also must not have ABS cut-off but there is this rotating knob %)
     
  21. Shootfighter65

    Shootfighter65 Formula 3

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    I asked this same question mine had a button there I couldnt figure out what it was for...Its aftermarket so you will have to trace it. It cant be diagnosed with a picture. I purchased a replacement panel from ferrparts I'm going to remove it this winter..
     
  22. Hexus

    Hexus Rookie

    May 24, 2008
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    Yes I will. Maybe it is just subwoofer control or something.
     
  23. WATSON

    WATSON F1 World Champ
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    Pull the ashtray and take a look. As noted...mine went nowhere :)

    Mine now has a rocker switch wired to the conv top override switch. I lower & raise my top that way....until I fix the seat pots and God knows what else is wrong with the electronics of it.
     
  24. Shootfighter65

    Shootfighter65 Formula 3

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    Another spider top story..they are a POS. I disconnected mine and do it manually...its not a hard job. If I sell the car I will reconnect it
     
  25. WATSON

    WATSON F1 World Champ
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    I think it is just the seat pots. No big deal. I bled the system, it work fine mechanically. I just need some quality time to sort the electrics. That is what winter is for :)

    Back on topic..... :)
     
  26. drbob101

    drbob101 F1 Rookie
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    No they aren't They work great and as designed. If you don't want to fix the things that go wrong on your car properly then why bother? Really...

    Watch the video, untouched, unmolested Spider top working as it should:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw2p9ijbfV8
     
  27. 285ferrari

    285ferrari Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Not OEM, the ABS is a flat push button
     
  28. Enzojr

    Enzojr F1 World Champ

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    My top also works ;)
    We are happy campers waiting for that marvelous spring time sun to reappear.
     

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