Have you (or the car) recently made a major east-west move? Dave Burns
is right - you MUST perform the "region adjustment". The failure
symptom is exactly what you describe - it says that every direction is
South (or whatever).
Unfortunately, adjusting the compass on my early-build '02 is extremely
frustrating - the procedure in the manual doesn't seem to work as
described. I have been told that there is a new improved procedure, but
haven't been able to uncover it. If anyone has it, I would be grateful
for a copy.
I go back and forth twice a year between Maine and Arizona. Bought my
Explorer in New England, and when I got to Arizona a month later it was
doing the exact thing you describe. Since it was still under warranty,
I took it to the dealer, who adjusted it at no charge, but kind of
chided me about my dumbitude. Since then, I have adjusted it as soon as
I can when I move one way or the other - but occasionally I haven't
gotten around to it right away, and Bingo! The same problem recurs.
> das wrote:
>>I've got an '02 Explorer Eddie Bauer edition that has a
>>compass. Seems that has forgot where north and east is and every
> thing is
>>shown as west or southwest or south regardless if you pointing due
>>Any ideas how to fix this or reset it? Thanks!
> I just bought a 2002 Explorer XLT and was reading the manual over the
> weekend. I believer you can reset the region code for your compass in
> order to improve its accuracy. Based on how these embedded electronics
> typically behave, I suspect updating your region code will act as a
> hard 'reset' of the compass and may fix your problem.