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sat navs and tinted windows

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9y, 2w agoPosted 9 years, 2 weeks ago
will a traffic sat nav still work inside a car with tinted windows? please advise!!!!!
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9y, 2w agoPosted 9 years, 2 weeks ago
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[helper]#1
Should do however it won't work with cars that have "quick clear" windscreens ie the ones that have very fine wires embedded in the windscreen to heat it....
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gari189
Should do however it won't work with cars that have "quick clear" windscreens ie the ones that have very fine wires embedded in the windscreen to heat it....


The Chick has a Fiesta with Quick Clear front windscreen and out Sat Nav works fine!
#3
Maybe. maybe not. Depends on the coating. Anti UV tends to reflect a lot of the signal so you get a poor lock, as do heated screens. Just get an external ariel for it and it'll be fine.
banned#4
Did everyone know it was illegal to have Sat Navs placed on the windscreen in field A where the wipers sweep? It seems everyone I see has them placed on their windscreen smack in the middle of their field of view.
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lumoruk
Did everyone know it was illegal to have Sat Navs placed on the windscreen in field A where the wipers sweep? It seems everyone I see has them placed on their windscreen smack in the middle of their field of view.

Where did you get that info?
#6
i read this before from the instruction booklet that came with a satnav.
#7
Just to make this a bit clearer....

http://www.ukmot.com/new_pa7.jpg

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banned#8
gari189
Should do however it won't work with cars that have "quick clear" windscreens ie the ones that have very fine wires embedded in the windscreen to heat it....


yes they do as we drive ford focus with quick clear and it works fine:thumbsup:
#9
Yeah we have a focus too and no problems. Mind you, I do like to have mine mounted on the far right of the screen in the corner.
#10
thanks guys, youve all put my mind at rest!
suspended#11
This is taken from TomTom website,hope it helps you:thumbsup:
Question
What is the best place on the windscreen to mount my TomTom, PDA or Mobile device?
Answer
TomTom is committed to make driving more safely on the roads. Our navigation systems encourage you to get from A to B as safely as possible.

Any TomTom device should be placed in a position on your windscreen that does not block your view of the road in any way and enables an optimal usage of your device. Our advice is to mount your TomTom product at the lowest possible position on your windscreen. Your TomTom device should not be placed directly under your rear-view mirror. With the alternative mount kit it is possible to mount your TomTom in many other positions like attached to your dashboard or ventilator.

Some athermic heat-reflecting windscreens and built-in windscreen heaters block the GPS signal reception inside the car. Very often, such heat-reflecting windscreens have a hole behind the rear-view mirror or the heat reflection is limited on the left (or right) side of the windscreen to let signals pass through. If you can not get a signal, place your GPS on that position. Alternatively, you can use an external GPS antenna or buy an extension lead to extend the GPS cable and place the GPS receiver in the back of your car (remember: your GPS receiver should always have a free view of sky).

The magnetic, waterproof External Antenna for TomTom ONE XL, ONE 2nd Edition, ONE 1st Edition and TomTom GO 510/710/910, GO 300/500/700 overcomes this and ensures optimal GPS reception, should you place it inside or outside the car.
#12
Of course the Sat nav will work, its meant to be placed at the front window wo it has a clear view of the sky, your not meant to tint the front windscreen, so you should 100% be alright.
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.please dont tell me you tinted your front one? :giggle: :w00t:
banned#13
saxo_appeal
Of course the Sat nav will work, its meant to be placed at the front window wo it has a clear view of the sky, your not meant to tint the front windscreen, so you should 100% be alright.
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.please dont tell me you tinted your front one? :giggle: :w00t:


I do see plenty of idiots that have.
#14
never had a problem in any of my cars.. Ford quick clear and Vauxhall,Peugeot 'solar' UV windscreen all work fine
#15
gari189
Should do however it won't work with cars that have "quick clear" windscreens ie the ones that have very fine wires embedded in the windscreen to heat it....


They do - work with quick clear windscreens, that is.

I've got 3 sat navs and two cars with quick clear windscreens, and there's no problem with them at all.

The problematic windscreens are the athermic ones that have a coating that deals with heat reflection. They normally do cause problems with sat nav reception. There's normally a small area of the windscreen that doesn't have the coating (often near the rear view mirror mounting), where an external aerial for the sat nav can be placed.

Renaults and Citroens seem to have these sort of windscreens.

Quick-clear ones shouldn't cause a problem, though.
#16
I have real problems getting mine to work in my Xsara Picasso at the front, but it works on the back seat which is really flipping usefull :x
#17
Dude1971
I have real problems getting mine to work in my Xsara Picasso at the front, but it works on the back seat which is really flipping usefull :x


I'd say you've got 2 options:-

1. Some people with such windscreens and similar cars, mount their sat nav actually on the drivers-side door window, (or quarter-light, where the car has one) and find that works, because the side windows don't tend to have the same coating as the windscreen.

2. You could get an external, patch, antenna for your sat nav, and because of it's small size, stick that on your windscreen, where there's a gap that's not coated (normally near the rear-view mirror).

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