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Thread: Federal PA15 - 1E Problem HELP!
July 1st, 2012, 08:51 AM #1
Federal PA15 - 1E Problem HELP!
Have a vintage PA15 1E (lat70s-early 80s) installed and the last 2 parades have been on warm days. Near the end of each parade the siren goes to shrill, much faster pulsing tones and does not work correctly. I'm guessing it's getting too hot!. Is it near death, or an easy fix I can do myself?????????? Have a same era PA 20 1E waiting in the wings as a possible replacement. Is it time to replace???????911 Dispatchers tell COPS where to go!!
July 1st, 2012, 10:29 AM #2
It's possible that heat is affecting it, but it could be a capacitor or resistor that's calling it quits.
Last edited by CrownVic97; July 2nd, 2012 at 10:29 PM. Reason: Forgot another A in capacitor...ah-durrr......
July 2nd, 2012, 10:38 AM #3Member
Hudson Valley New York174 Posts
- Joined May 2010
July 3rd, 2012, 07:32 AM #4
If the sound is changing and the selector is in the 'yelp' position, then it could be either capacitors C6 or C7 that are wearing out.
If it's something worse than that and not fixable, then get another PA15A 1E. 1Es are cheap and easy to find.The siren fanatic.
July 3rd, 2012, 01:31 PM #5Member
cleveland ohio164 Posts
- Joined May 2010
I have a great guy that fixes sirens very reasonable
if you want to send it for repair let me know and I can send his info
email me at dcaptain@aol if you need it.
July 3rd, 2012, 09:14 PM #6
When unit is left on for a while then sound turned on, weird tones (sped up versions) are both in wail and yelp.
Thank you to both Wailer and Dale Cohen. Car is back in storage until one last show in August. Will try to check it before then and see what's inside. Both units are the newer 1E, PA15 and PA20 so not exactly correct and cheap. No sure if the 15 if worth fixing in that case. May use the PA20 waiting in the garage.
Kevin in ND911 Dispatchers tell COPS where to go!!
July 4th, 2012, 01:40 AM #7The siren fanatic.