Circular windscreen thingy

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Circular windscreen thingy

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Hi
Anyone tell me what this circular thing is stuck to top of windscreen
About 3 inches across, half inch deep with two cables attached from headliner

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Re: Circular windscreen thingy

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It doesn't look official, so an aftermarket something or other! Possibly a sensor of remote garage or gate opening?
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OK sounds very possible
Do you think I can remove it without causing any trouble elsewhere?
Any idea where wiring would be connected?
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Could it possibly be a tracker? Seems weird that it's wired in and wired in neatly.
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Re: Circular windscreen thingy

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That's possible yeah
Will probs trace wires to see where they go as want to remove it
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Have you recently bought the car? Is there a makers name on the black box?
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Re: Circular windscreen thingy

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Bought van last year just got round to making a few mods
No name brand on it
A few suggestions about purpose think I'll trace cables and remove if doable
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Re: Circular windscreen thingy

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Its an arieal
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Its the GPS/GSM aerial for the Smartnav system made by trafficmaster, its a dealer fit accessory system & wasn't really that good. The screen was either fitted at the base of the drivers A pillar or by the middle heater vents.
Tomtom was already way ahead of it when it came out.
The screen looked like this
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:-D OK that sounds spot on
Will take it out tracing cables and remove
Thanks for info
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Trafficmaster - now there's a name from the past - had that on my C5 and even my Xantia IIRC and yes it was totally crap back then too. I remember seeing the little blue boxes on some motorway bridges for it.
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shawstvs wrote: 02 Feb 2024, 23:12 :-D OK that sounds spot on
Will take it out tracing cables and remove
Thanks for info
There will also me an external mic normally mounted at the top of the A pillar, there will be a big external speaker & a black control unit with a SIM card in it.

It was a bit of a ridiculous system, you could press the button to call an operator & ask them where the nearest fuel station etc was & they could input the destination to the satnav system for you to start directing you there, after the 1st year you had to pay a subscription.
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Re: Circular windscreen thingy

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Sounds like dark ages tech
Vans not that old! :-D
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