INSTALLATION OF THE TAXIMETER ITSELF
-by Fred Stock
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Considerations: When you place a taxi meter in a vehicle, of course you must mount it where it will be visible to your customers as well as your driver. Usually that means near center of the vehicle, above the top of the dash, and it should not impede the driver's view of the road.
The wiring exits the meter at the rear in most cases, and can easily be hidden behind the frontal panel of the dashboard in most cases. With today's plastic framed instrument panels, a simple screwdriver will release the frame cover, exposing plenty of room for cables, and easy access to the underside of the dash, where connections are made.
Meter bracket can often be secured inside the same area, then covered by snapping the covering back into its clips. Make sure you don't block off the TAB slots that hold the plastic frontice to the frame. Call us for more info. firstname.lastname@example.org will do it.
Finding "The Wire" is sometimes a problem. There is almost always a place in a car to retrieve a pulse signal that represents the distance the vehicle has traveled. We maintain a huge database of information from our experience over a decade plus. Contact us for information on your particular vehicle. We can create for you an entire package of data on your exact car and your exact meter for as little as $25.00 if you are purchasing your meters from us, just $50.00 if you already have a meter
. See below. email@example.com will do it. The pulse signal source is different on each vehicle. Even if you are doing a fleet of the same year and model you may find differences. Calibration is accomplished by measuring the exact number of pulses in a mile, then telling the computer in the meter about them. The meter then figures out the traveled distance, the fare and so forth. When we sell a meter, we attempt to get the local rates from the client in advance so we can pre-program the unit. This tells the meter's computer what the target numbers will be... but it DOES NOT calibrate the meter. It just tells the meter what to do with the calibration data when you give it to it. Every meter you install in any car, forever ever and just beyond, will require CALIBRATION after it in installed.
We provide for a nominal fee, a complete set of illustrated instructions for your exact vehicle, along with color codes of wires with which you'll become familiar, photographs and diagrams meant to make your life easy in the garage, and tips on avoiding pitfalls and snollygosters (they're awful, you know!) Call us 760-345-4347 or e-mail us with your exact vehicle specifications, meter brand and model, or the list of things you need. firstname.lastname@example.org . We're here to help! We charge $50.00 for a complete illustrated set of directions hand assembled for your exact car, meter, light and situation IF YOU BOUGHT THE EQUIPMENT SOMEWHERE ELSE. PLEASE NOTE: We have experience and expertise on the following meter brands: Centrodyne, Pulsar, RMI, Argo. We DO NOT have information or data on other meter brands. Some require a special programmer to complete your installation, and some require company specific tools that are not generally available to the users. If you are considering a meter other than those above, call us before you put out your money. If you are buying a meter from Fred Stock Electronics - TaxiCabElectronics.Com, the price of the installation info package is cut in half ($25.00) per set).
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