My garmin does not turn on when it is plugged into the lighter socket. I bought it new last December 2005 and it has worked wonderfully. But all of a sudden it wouldn't turn on. We changed the fuse but that did not solve the problem. What else could it be?
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If you left your Garmin c330 on running
the battery will have 1% life left. If you turn c330 back on again, it
will flash screen for 3 seconds then die, even charging it at this
point will not wake it back up. TO BRING IT BACK TO LIFE... plug in the
power home or car into Garmin c330. There is a tab in the front Garmin
gray frame of your screen. You must take like your fingernails and
under the logo "GARMIN" pull the whole gray plastic frame off.
Underneath the plastic frame to the right hand side. There is a "RESET"
button. Make sure power is plugged in while hitting reset. Your battery
should come back to life. Cheers
>>>>>Posted by judyferris82 on Mar 15, 2009
Garmin nuvi 650 stopped keeping a charge for more than 60 seconds. It
is still connected to the car charger. Will a battery replacement fix
this problem? I have had this unit for 2 years."
<<<<<REPLY: In your case, the battery seems to be getting weak. You must change it.
I've had a couple of Garmin C330 units and a C340. They're good quality except for the flimsy power plugs. My first one out of the box had a defective plug which made intermittent contact when I plugged it into the lighter. Tightening the knurled nut on the tip of the plug helped somewhat, but didn't fix it completely. It became a non-issue after I bought a friction mount which came with a better cord and plug. The friction mount also stopped the problem of the suction cup constantly falling off the windshield.
Oh man.. I also bought the c330 on black friday... powers on and wont get past the blue street pilot screen--just shuts off! Will "work" when connected to the PC, but who's going to drive around with a computer?
Make sure that you age getting power from the plugin.
Test: With the unit OFF plug adapter into cigarette lighter.
The Garmin should turn on automatically. If it does not,
you are not getting power to the unit. Make sure you have
good connection at the holder.
Generally it powers off by itself because it is not receiving
power from the plug.
take off the front face plate. hit the reset button on the right. charge it.
I've got a 320. Same thing happened. On the 320 if you look closely there is a fingernail shaped indent on the inside of the square colored face plate. just pull the face plate towards you and it will come off with very little effort.