If you intend to get a radar detector and you are worried that your device will require a lot of maintenance to work properly, then let us put your mind at ease.
Unlike many other items that can usually be found in a car, the radar detector only needs an occasional dusting with a dry and soft piece of cloth.
It is important to note that sprays and liquid substances are best avoided because they can easily protrude through the small openings of the device and, consequentially, damage the unit.
Your device Doesn’t Need Washing, But The Suction Cups Do
In general, drivers prefer to install the radar detector in the lower section of the windshield so that the cord of the unit doesn’t get in their line of sight.
However, almost all manufacturers recommend mounting it as high as possible for the device to pick up signals more efficiently. While many don’t like the idea, they eventually opt for a high windshield mounting to enjoy the maximum benefits of the radar detector. This type of installation will generally require utilizing suctions cups for easy access and removal.
While cleaning your radar detector implies wiping the dust off, it is necessary to mention that you can wash the suction cups with warm water and mild detergent. Depending on where you bought them from, you can even wash and rinse them in the dishwasher, as some owners have pointed out.
However, this method is not viable during hot summer days as the high temperatures might cause the suction cups to get unstuck, and the fall could damage the device.
Consider Using a Visor Holder
It is important to note that some manufacturers sell radar detector mounts that you could easily attach to the sun visors.
These mounts will not only ensure that your gadget is placed as high as possible for optimally detecting the signals, but represent a good method of protecting the unit from sun exposure.
Whether or not the visor holder is a viable solution for preventing damage to your radar detector depends a great deal on the type of car you are driving.
To put it simply, as automakers continue to manufacture vehicles with tinting on the top, it will become increasingly difficult for you to mount the holder in a suitable position safely.
Besides, some drivers have complained that the cord is seriously affecting their comfort and line of sight during driving.
Fortunately, some radar detectors come with accessories that allow you to connect the unit to a hidden power cord, so it no longer hinders your driving.
Not to mention that keeping them clean does not imply a lot of work, and it is similar to washing the suction cups.
Don’t Leave It in the Sun, Ever!
As most manufacturers point out, to keep it clean and to work properly, it is highly advisable to avoid leaving it on the dash exposed to heat and direct sunlight for prolonged periods.
For instance, if you are going to the mall with your family and you know you have to leave your car out in the sun for a few hours, then remove it from the dashboard and place it in a dry and cool location.
While some devices are built from top quality materials, sun exposure will eventually cause warps on the frame.
On a side note, besides causing exterior or/and interior damage to the gadget (as it can happen with poor quality devices), it is necessary to mention that leaving the radar in plain sight might make your vehicle more attractive to thieves.
As it happens with most things people carelessly leave in their cars, someone can simply smash your windshield and claim it.