Compass calibration

David Buchanan

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Have a 2016 base encore with compass not correct. User manual has a calibration procedure but it doesn't seem to apply to his base model. Any hints? I have always found a "calibrate" selection and then drive in circles on other cars but can't find any calibrate setting on this one.
 

DocBrown

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The calibration procedure for the 2016 isn't the same as the others because the menus to do the procedure don't exist. I could never find the correct documentation. When my wife's 2016 did this couldn't figure it out we took it to the dealer, it was a faulty module that was replaced under warranty.
 

DocBrown

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On the 2016 Encore the compass relies on GPS satellites. On a heavy clouded day sometimes it takes a while for the vehicle to lock on to a GPS satellite but eventually does. No going in circle will resolve the issue.
Once they replaced the faulty module directional changes are instantaious. We've never had an issue since.

My 2016 Chevy Sierra however takes a minute or two nearly every time I start it to find where it's pointed.
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2007LucerneCXL

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2007 Lucerne CXL. and 1995 Lesabre currently, past 1973 Riviera, 1968 Riviera
My 1995 Lesabre doesn't have GPS, but I found it isn't necessary as people are so friendly and always telling me where to go, happy motoring.
 

2007LucerneCXL

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2007 Lucerne CXL. and 1995 Lesabre currently, past 1973 Riviera, 1968 Riviera
At least I don't drive around in circles.
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