Question about Garmin GTM 12 FM TMC Traffic Receiver Receiver

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I actually have a GTM 20 FM receiver and the metal tip came off and is missing. Can I buy a replacement tip so I don't have to pay the full price for a new traffic receiver

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  • bearwife Nov 04, 2008

    I'd sure like to know where I can get a replacement tip too. Mine bounced into my steering column.

  • sadasivam73 Nov 28, 2008

    Hi,

    Me too having the same problem. Guys, if you had found a way to solve that... please share with me.. The new one is costing too high and is not worth to invest. I would like to replace the metal tip so that i can start using the same old one. Please help... any body who is aware of this... please help..

    Thanks and regards,

    Sada Sivam Manickavasagam

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    i also lost my metal tip, i even tried using one of my old phone car chargers, i took it apart and tried to replace the tip for my GTM 20, sadly the tip from the charger was slightly bigger then the one that is needed for the GTM 20. If anyone finds a place to purchase this piece please let it be known.

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There is a repair kit P/N 010-11155-00 for the plug it is about $4
google it for the best price

Posted on May 25, 2010

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If you need it just for powering your device radio shack has the I-go cords and usb tips that will work. If you need it for the fm traffic receiver it will still work without the tip you will have 2 cords. I am using this set up right now.

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Repair kit parts are available on ebay

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I almost gave up looking for the tip before I read all of the above "solutions". I then tore my car apart looking for that infamous "tip". Luckily I found it. But the thread on the black cap is almost worn out, it is now back in place literally "hanging by a thread". What I want to say here is that Garmin is totally customer unfriendly for (1) offering a product with a badly designed part (2) and if the customer needs a replacement because of the bad design, it gives nothing but an expensive solution - what is the logic of paying for a close to $100 replacement when you can get a new complete unit these days for under $200 (and it will likely not be a Garmin if I have my choice) (3) not all of us can be like the people above who can scavenge and rig a homemade solution; and then, why should we even be doing that??

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

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I had the same problem.The tip of the 12v charger for the Nintendo DS was a tight fit but worked. be careful with the threads.

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I had the same problem. I scavenged a tip from an old adapter. It was too wide at the base so I carefully ground the shoulder to fit in the receiver. The tip on the Garmin unscrews so the fuse can be replaced. If you don't have a grinder, go buy a $5 fine file and file it off. Will take 15 minutes. Alot cheaper than $100 for a new unit.

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

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As anyone who needs a Garmin part knows, they refuse to sell components and will only discuss a replacement of an entire unit (since the GTM 20 goes for $120.-150.00, that can be tough).

First, and although too late for you, anyone utilizing a car adapter should regularly check the plastic threaded end-cap to make certain it remains tight to avoid the loss of the tip, spring, etc.

I have heard that a number of people have been successful at "scavenging" parts from inexpensive generic adapters. For your GTM 20, the metal tip you need measures about 5/16" in diameter and 1/4" in length. The bottom has a lip so that it will be retained by the outer plastic cap. If you can find a cheapy at your local CVS or whatever, it's worth a try... especially if they have a cash refund policy if the piece doesn't quite fit on your GTM 20.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

  • aps123 Feb 13, 2011

    Everyone seems perfectly fine with this frustrating plug that falls apart in your hand. I can't find the spring or the fuse. No idea. Where can I find a schematic?

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