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The retaining screw of the battery compartment is defective.

It feels like the above retaining screw was driven too tightly and causes the nut to spin in the socket. It sounds like the ribbing in the nut has worn out the receiving socket. It is my son's GPS receiver which he used when he was deployed in Iraq. Where can this be repaired?

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  • alouis_99 Jan 28, 2009

    I tried to unlock the battery compartment, but unfortunately, the screw comes out without opening the compartment. I need to know how can I reach it as it will be very difficult to send it from Egypt to the US to get it fixed .
    Kindly reach me on: if you have any solutions.


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I used a Dremel too with a small drill bit to drill it out. Got it out, but now am wondering where to get a replacement screw...

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