Question about Garmin Rino 120 2-Way Radio
Rino 120 that will not locate satelites on sunny day, no obstructions. The unit also heats up when turned on (maybe a short internally?). Batteries die in 1/2 hour or less. Ideas? WAAS is off, the mic is not stuck on. Are there any authorized repair centers?
Mine was shutting off between 1 and 10 minutes. Was in the situation of either buy a new one or scrapping it. So I gave it a try. Removed all the screws and pried it open carefully wirh a knife at the bottom. Get the front cover off carefully and disconnect the speaker. Then disconnect the display by removing the pressure on the ribbon connector by releasing the connector lock. Then the cover is off. I looked with a flashlight and I could see corrosion on the memory backup capacitor on the other side of the main board at the bottom end, near the battery connector. Remove the ******** connector and the pushbuttons ribbon .Had to melt the 2 battery connectors solder points to take the board off. Sanded the 0.2 farad capacitor with a 600 sandpaper and cleaned it up with an old toothbrush and some lighter fluid. Put it back together carefully (thats 2 solders and 4 cables!) and turn it on and do a sat search. When you get the real time and date youre ready to go. I can again use my old rino 120 with confidence !
Posted on Dec 31, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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