While driving a borrowed 1997 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight the other day, I
noticed something odd stuck to the windshield.
At the very top of the glass, centered above the rearview mirror, is a
long thin plastic bar that says (IIRC) "CLIFFORD" on the back of it.
It's about as long as the rearview mirror is, and is affixed to the
windshield with adhesive. There is a wire running out of it on the
left that disappears up into the headliner.
Does anyone know what this is, and what it does?
I thought it might be a light sensor, although there are two sensor
bulbs in the dash that appear to perform that function. The car does
not have automatic climate control, nor does it have Onstar. (Not that
I'm sure it was offered in '97...)
Most professional mobile electronics installers will usually affix an
aftermarket antenna directly above the rear view mirror, because this is
probably the best placement to receive signals from a keyfob, from outside
the vehicle. Sounds like a Clifford alarm system, keyless entry system,
remote starter, or a combo unit, which would include both an alarm and
starter in the same unit. More than likely, when you received the keys to
this borrowed vehicle, attached to the keyring was probably a Clifford
keyfob to arm/disarm, lock/unlock, start/stop the engine, and possibly even
pop the trunk or sound a panic alarm, depending on the device installed in
the vehicle. Any of the above are nice features, when the system is
installed by a professional, otherwise, they can wreak havoc on the cars
electrical system when they misbehave.
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