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Calibrating Overhead Compass - How Many Turns with Truck?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tunngavik, May 15, 2011.

  1. May 15, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    Tunngavik

    Tunngavik [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm trying to recalibrate my overhead compass and have followed the owners manual to a T.

    1. Program in correct declination
    2. Have display on CAL and drive slowly in a counterclockwise circle in an open parking lot (i.e. no nearby buildings, no powerlines etc).

    It won't go off the CAL setting. I've done this twice - one time making 13 circles and still nothing. I'm worried if I do it any more someone is going to call the cops on me for weird behavior. I've programmed a family members GMC truck and Nissan X-Terra so I've done thing before with other makes/models.

    How many times do you have to turn in a circle to calibrate this thing? If anyone can provide some helpful feedback it would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. May 15, 2011 at 6:50 PM
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    anethema

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    What are the exact instructions? Could you type em out here for posterity or take a pic even? I have the compass. I set the correct declination then just pressed the button to get out of programming mode, but might not have been right (tho seems to be working 100%).

    There is also a VAR setting and CAL setting and I'm not sure which is which.
     
  3. May 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM
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    Tunngavik

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    1. stop vehicle where it is safe to drive in a circle
    2. press overhead console switch until VAR appears on display
    3. press switch until your declination code is complete - if the direction is displayed several seconds after adjustment then calibration is complete
    4. if not complete, press the switch until CAL appears on the display - at this time compass direction is locked at N
    5. Drive vehicle in a circle at 8kph until direction is displayed
    6. when CAL goes off and the compass display returns to normal mode then calibration is complete
     
  4. May 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM
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    vtdog

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    I used the instructions in the owners manual and it set after 1 circle. The compass was set to TX (where built) and showed a noticable change in ordinal points after the re-set
     
  5. May 16, 2011 at 10:06 PM
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    anethema

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    Awesome thanks for the info!
     
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