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The car charger that fits on the back of my garmin i have to hold it in with my fingers to get it to connect what can i do to fix this?

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  • sheltonplane Dec 05, 2008

    Ok the model number is 19A259741 garmin 200 nuvi thats all i know about it. When i put the charger onto the back of it the charger will not fit snug and i have to hold it on there to get a result. The garmin works fine but only if i hold the charger to the back of the garmin. I noticed the little clip i put the charger on in the back moves up and down slightly. What can i do?

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I need more info.... what is your Garmin model number? Nuvi 2xx? Nuvi 3xx, 6xx? Is this the GPS cradle or the plug that's giving you the trouble? let me know and I'll have a solution for you.

- Jim
SHARCNET-USA

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    SHARCNET-USA Dec 05, 2008

    The problem you are having is a loose Mini-USB jack. The contacts of this jack have come loose from the board. The jack either needs to be replaced or resoldered. To see a picture of what you are describing, please click on this link:



    http://www.sharc.net/nuvi_charger_repair...



    Look at figure #1. In this picture, the jack has completely fallen off. In time, yours unfortunately will too. If your unit is still under warranty, please contact Garmin at www.garmin.com and they will replace your unit.



    - Jim





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