Question about Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver
I just bought a Garmin nuvi 350 after using it I was unable to turn it off. I had to use the reset button. To turn it on I use my usb. I need to open my GPS to fix the power switch in side. So I need to know how to get a part. Could someone help me. Is the face plate clip on. I don't see any screws. Thank's Chris
This is a common problem with the Nuvi series. The on/off switch is a surface mount switch that is mounted vertically off of the main PC board.
The problem is, that there is no support behind the switch, so when you press down the button, the solder leads of the switch are stressed and eventually break off the main PC board. This is a design flaw and could have been easily prevented by wedging a small piece of plastic between the rear of the switch and the SD card housing to give the switch support.
Also, the solder pads for the mechanical connections of the switch could have been made bigger, allowing for more surface area and more solder application.
I have repaired many of these before and the repairs I make prevent this from happening again.
If you would like for me to reasonably repair your GPS, please email me at KS3R at sharc dot net.
Posted on Jul 16, 2008
I think this must be a common problem. I had a Nuvi 350 replaced after RMA number for btained rom Garmin. It was still under warranty. They were very good with replacing the unit.
6 months later with replacment unit. Experiencing the same issue again. This
Posted on Jun 02, 2008
You need to hold the on/off button a couple of seconds before the unit will turn on. This is not an instant on/off button.
In order to take the unit apart you need to first remove the antenna. There are two torx 5 screws underneath the antenna holding the unit together.
If the unit is under warranty or if the unit is only a few days old send it to Garmin or bring it back to the store for an exchange.
Posted on Jan 14, 2008
Likely a mechanical failure of the power switch. I called Garmin, described the problem, got an RMA number, mailed in my 350, and received a refurbished unit in less than 1 week.
Posted on Jan 14, 2008
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