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Dead Garmin c550

My c550 was working fine last night and this morning it will not turn on, charge, or give any signs of life. I have tried recharging via the computer and car jack. Nothing will bring it back any suggestions??

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  • Candice0218 Nov 14, 2008

    My Garmin will actually turn on but it will not charge in my car. When I first purchased the Garmin, the charger was broken and I had to order a brand new one from the manufacturer. It worked for a short time, but now the car charger will not charge my Garmin. Does anyone know if this sounds like a problem with the c550 itself, or the car charger?

  • Anonymous Nov 17, 2008

    exactly the same situation for me. it happened days after i replaced the GTM-20 receiver/charger. the new GTM-20 seems to work (green light) so it's not the fuse. likewise, it won't turn on via USB.

    garmin is charging $200 for repairs!!! i'm wondering if it's the LI battery that no longer holds charge.

    i'm thinking of opening it and try to replace the LI battery. and if it doesn't work then i'll probably get one on buy.com for $179. i bought the non-slip mount so it makes sense just to get another. but anyone can shed light as to why the c550 just dies, please lemme know! thanks!

  • averydennis Nov 21, 2008

    Garmin gps was working fine yesterday. Today I went to the car and it is not working. It is dead and unresponsive.

  • stupidbu Nov 21, 2008

    I had the same problem with my SECOND c550 last night, it worked just fine when we were on our way to a restaurant, and left it in the central compartment, and it died when we were about to go home.



    My first c550 died in the same way, and I sent it back to Garmin, and they replaced with another unit, now I have to send this back again.

  • Anonymous Nov 25, 2008

    My C550 just died while in transit. It will not come back to life. I have had zero problems with it up until this point and I have had it just under a year now. I am contacting Garmin to try and have it fixed with the warranty.

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2008

    Same problem.

  • dickey_36 Dec 20, 2008

    Same thing here, All of the sudden one day it did not recognize that it was plugged in to the cars 12v power outlet. I am a little pissy about this because I paid good money for a high rated pile of garbage. It will only run on battery life after i plug it into the computer for hours and the charge only last about 45 minuted.

  • loslocos Dec 22, 2008

    MY GARMIN WAS WORKING FINE LAS NIGHT AND TODAY DID NOT GO ON PUGGED TO TEH GAR JACK THE WALL AND NOTHING JAPPENED WHY DO I DO ? AND WHY DID THE LITHIUM BATTERY RAN OUT?

  • otokomanko Jan 12, 2009

    My Garmin c550 was working until last week, when suddenly stoped completely.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2009

    worked last night slid off of dash and still worked rest of the way home, then went to use it 2 weeks later and it won't come on at all now

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    I tried charging it vie computer using the USB devise

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Had same exact problem. my unit would come on for a minute and then go black. if you take the silver ring around the face you will see the four screws to take the unit apart if you do have to replace the battery. however first try hitting the reset button on the right side of the unit. remember the cover needs to be off. i hit the reset and my unit powered on with no problems

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Check to see that the "tip" of the Garmin Car Charger (the end that plugs into the car's cigarette recepticle) is still there. The "tip" screws into the Garmin Charger and can come out. If it's not there, the Garmin won't charge since it's not making an electrical connection with the car.

A clue that your Garmin charger is not charging properly is to look at the screen display (assuming
you still have battery life). When the Garmin is plugged into the car's cigarette recepticle, the battery icon on the display should disappear. If you see the battery icon on the display, it means the Garmin is using battery power, not the car power.

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Change the fuse in the tip

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