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Turning unit on

We haven't used our t6210 talkabouts for a few years, and now, after replacing the batteries, one of the radios won't turn on. The unit that won't turn on had a little battery corrosion on one of the contacts but was cleaned and didn't show any leakage into the unit. Any ideas on cause or cost for repair?
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I had the same problem. I opened the battery cover, to access the back of the radio (no batteries installed). There are two areas the batteries contact the case using a spring clip type of contact, the upper left corner and the lower right corner. Lucky for me, my corrosion was confined to only the lower right corner which is easier to access. Remove the two screws at the bottom of the radio, at this point you'll be able to slip a small screw driver between the black and yellow casing at the area just above the screw you previously removed (this creates some pressure to further separate the case). Then in the slot just above where you placed the screw driver, grab a second screw driver and pry the yellow casing tabs outboard so you can further separate the case. Do the same for the opposite side. Now you will be able to access the little spring tab clip on the lower right side. I placed a napkin around the spring tab and some vinegar/water solution (alkaline neutralizing solution) to further clean the tab. Wipe up the excess solution with the napkin and allow it to dry. Get some fine grit sandpaper and clean the spring tab and the areas the tab will contact. Put the radio back together using this process in reverse and try it out. Again, as I said the battery corrosion on my radio was confined to the lower right side, so I didn't have to access the other spring tab. And the corrosion on mine did not corrode the tabs all the way so all I had to do was clean it. 

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It sounds like you may have internal corrosion damage, possibly from the battery situation or from having been damp at some time. If cleaning the battery contact with a pencil eraser doesn't do the trick, you are out of luck. This model is not repairable, as parts and schematics are not available, it would need to be replaced. Here is a link to the owners manual

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