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Old 06-27-2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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Anyone change Homelink visor to switched power?

Has anyone change Homelink visor to switched power? I ask this because I park my Focus in my driveway due to other cars in my garage. I am worried that someone could gain entrance to my garage by breaking into the Focus and pushing the Homelink button on the visor. I am thinking about changing the voltage applied to switched voltage and not constant voltage. I also wonder if it would hold the garage door opener code if it didn't have a constant voltage applied.

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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With all this talk about switched power, my question is this....

What is the difference between having a clip-on remote in your car with a battery vs the always-on Homelink? If you have a clip-on, are you going to take it out of your car every time you park in the driveway?
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What is the difference between having a clip-on remote in your car with a battery vs the always-on Homelink? If you have a clip-on, are you going to take it out of your car every time you park in the driveway?
My other two cars have clip on style openers, but they are usually parked in the garage. I had the typical clip on style in the car the Focus replaced as well, but I clipped it up under the front edge of my seat. All I had to do is reach down and push the button. You could not see it unless you looked up under the seat.
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Do all garage door opens have a lock on the control panel, so that it locks out the remotes and only allow the control panel or a keypad to open? If that is the case, then just lock it at the control panel and not worry about it.
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Has anyone change Homelink visor to switched power? I ask this because I park my Focus in my driveway due to other cars in my garage. I am worried that someone could gain entrance to my garage by breaking into the Focus and pushing the Homelink button on the visor. I am thinking about changing the voltage applied to switched voltage and not constant voltage. I also wonder if it would hold the garage door opener code if it didn't have a constant voltage applied.

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The power to all interior things including the visor shuts off in a few mins after you leave your car...so unless youre worried about the interval of 5 mins after you leave your car, then why bother...
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The power to all interior things including the visor shuts off in a few mins after you leave your car...so unless youre worried about the interval of 5 mins after you leave your car, then why bother...
That sounds good. I'll have to test it out.
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The power to all interior things including the visor shuts off in a few mins after you leave your car...so unless youre worried about the interval of 5 mins after you leave your car, then why bother...
But as soon as you open the door, the power comes back on. Just lock the doors.
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Unplug the garage door motor.
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The power to all interior things including the visor shuts off in a few mins after you leave your car...so unless youre worried about the interval of 5 mins after you leave your car, then why bother...
I tested this last night by leaving the window down a bit and locking up the car. After 20 minutes or so, I reached in and pushed the homelink button and it was still active. My garage door opened.

I'll have to test if the homelink loses its programming if power is removed. If not, I'll pull down the plug the visor plugs into and see if there is switched 12V there. If not, I'll run a line with switched 12v up to it and re-pin the connector.
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Unplug the garage door motor.
Kind of defeats the purpose of having a garage door opener with remote, doesn't it.
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