You might try using Velcro in adhesive backed strips.
As you know, Velcro come with two side that inlock.
I would cut two strips the width of your device. put the matted side the hookside on each strip before mounting in the car.
Next, I would remove the adhesive cover film from the matted side and put it aaginst the back of the unit (leave room to add the second strip), then add the second strip parallel.
Then go to the car. Leave the hook strips attached to the matted strips, but peel off the adhesive flim cover. Clean a spot on the dash with some evaporating cleaner such as alcohol. Now place the unit against a the dash. Peel the Velcro strips apart and reattach them.
Your strips will be in prefect alignment with the hook type strips attached to the car and the matted type strips attached to the unit.
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The mounting bracket is meant for mounting on the windscreen. It won't stick to the pebbled vinyl surface of the dashboard as the surface allows air in. You take off the thin clear plastic cover. The black disk that came with the satnav can be stuck to your dashboard if you want to mount the satnav there. Clean the dashboard and peel off the plastic cover off the disk to stick it to the dashboard. Be sure not to put it where there's an airbag. You can then attach the satnav to the other side of the disk the same as to the windscreen.
To attach the satnav to the windscreen press the suction mount against the screen and press the lever towards the screen. To remove it pull back the lever and lift the tab on the suction pad.
Yes, the dashboard disk gets stuck to the dashboard. Then the unit gets stuck to the disk. This is because the suction system used to mount the unit will usually not stick directly to a car's dashboard because of the material or shape, but will always stick to the disk.
Step 1: Make sure the dash is clean and dry.
Step 2: Take the dash mounting DISC that came with the unit and remove the cover sheet (yellowish in color). This should expose the adhesive.
Step 3: Place the adhesive side of the disc on the area of the dash where you want your unit mounted. Be aware that the disc will not remove easily after being placed.
Step 4: Press and hold the disc in place and put pressure on it to squeeze out any air pockets.
Step 5: Once the disc is in place, ensure that the smooth surface of the disc is clean and dry, and free of grease.
Step 6: Press the suction cup on the back of the TomTom windshield mount onto the smooth part of the disc, and rotate the locking ring clockwise until it won't turn any further. The locking ring is used to form an air-tight seal between the suction cup and the surface it is mounted to.
To remove the suction cup from the dashboard disc, simply rotate the locking ring counter clockwise and remove the unit from the disc. The disc remains permanently attached to the dash.
my Magellen came with a black disk with adhesive on 1 side. Intended to be adhered to any smooth surface (e.g., windshield). The mount for my unit includes a suction cup. So, mount black disk to windshield and attach suction cup to smooth side of black disk. Be sure disk is positioned where suction cup and bracket and GPS will have sufficient room to mount everything.
The disc in the package with TomTom is for mounting the unit on any flat surface on the dashboard instead of the windscreen glass. Stick the disc anywhere you choose on the dash and then use the normal suction (windscreen) mount on it.
There must be someone in the world that has found a use for this, but I don't know anyone that has.
Remember that any GPS system works better if it has clear "view" of the sats ! Why anyone would ever need to put the unit deeper inside the vehicle ( and therefore reduce the signal and also have it out of their line of sight ) is a mystery to me.
The disc seems to be a useless bit of extra kit.
Alcohol works to a great degree to clean some surfaces. I have used lighter fluid to dissolve glue or adhesive residue that may exist. The alcohol will not work on a poorly cleaned surface. And lighter fluid does not seem to harm plastics. Use sparingly and clean in two or three apps.
Your solution seems to be that you are trying to attach the GPS suction cup to the dash without the plastic disc that comes with the unit. Glue the disc onto as flat a part of the dash as possible, Prefferably on the top of the dash. Then attach the Tom Tom with the cup onto the disc. A slight downward pressure while turning the locking handle is all that is necessary. I had a momentary adjustment time to learn how to lock mine. Love the TomTom GPS compared to the Navigon I returned to get an
California nor Minnesota allow windshield mounted objects. Garmin an a few others sell a device that has an antiskid pad, has shot (lead) for weight so it stays put on the dashboard. It is shaped like a donut, about 8 or 9 inches in diameter. In the center it has a smooth surface so that you can install the suction mount that otherwise would go on the windshield. You can buy them at Wally World or Fry's. Even some of the Worst Buy stores carry them. They are $39.00 however in the first 2 places you can find at around $24.00 to $29.00. Z
You don't say what kind of mount you are using. There are a couple different kind. One kind uses an adhesive (like double sided sticky tape) to secure the mount to the dashboard. For this kind of mount you can simply purchase some new adhesive tape to apply. This is available from most hardware or electronics stores.
The second type of mount uses a suction cup type device to secure the GPS to the dashboard. For this type you will want to make sure you are attaching the mount to a smooth, nonporous surface. Make sure that the area you are attempting to afix the suction cup to is clean and dry. Make sure that the suction cup itself is clean and moisten it with just a little bit of water before attempting to get the mount to stick.
If you still can't get the mount to stick to the dashboard you might need to look at other mounting options or purchase a replacement mount.