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Garmin 541s rear tansducer does not read after plaining out

I have two Garmin 541s units on my G3 center console boat. The rear unit will not read after I plain out. Also the unit shuts itself off. Anyone get a fix on this problem. Wouldn't recommend Garmin on a boat.

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First of all it wont read after you plain out and as far as cutting off connect it straight to the battery see if that fix your problem

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Unfortunatly that transducer will not work on the new unit. The sonar sensor is not compatible with this transducer and I would doubt it would even match up to the plug in the Garmin. These units are very propriatory and you will have to use the transducer that came with the machine or one that was specifically designed for the sonar unit. The transducer for your newer unit should be able to mount flush on the hull without having to pull your boat out of the water. These newer units have the capability to see through the hull without having to mount them externally.

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I have a Garmin 2010c on my boat and turns off every 10mins.. what can be the problem?


Bad connection or a fault to the unit.

Do you have it on a separate battery? It is best if they are, or connect direct to the starting battery, not connected via power that you find in the console or on a power bar.

Make sure you are using good quality copper stranded wire of the correct gauge with soldered or properly crimped connectors. I think it is 18 gauge, but your installation instructions will guide you. Also mentions 24 AWG. Manual states;

Wiring
There are two wiring diagrams provided for you convenience. The first is a simple hook-up showing the GPSMAP 2006/2010 (using the 18-
pin wiring harness), the GPS 17 and the alarm circuit. The Alarm does not have to be wired for the unit to function. The second is a complete
wiring diagram showing the GPSMAP 2006/2010 (using the 18-pin wiring harness) interfacing with a variety of different equipment. The extra
5-pin wiring harness that came with the unit is intended for future interfacing features and does not require connection. Refer to the wiring
diagram that will best suite your needs. Make sure that all connections are good. For extra lengths of wire, 24
AWG (unless otherwise noted on
wiring diagram), shielded, twisted-pair wiring is recommended. We advise soldering all connections and sealing the connection with heat shrink
tubing. If you experience difficulty wiring the unit, please contact an installation professional in your area.

Make sure the connections are good on the rear of the unit including plugs to the transducer. You can coat with a little Vaseline which his electrically conductive.

States the unit is susceptible to RFI and should be 3 feet away from a radio antennae.

Finally, make sure the inline fuse and connections to it are good.

If all that seems good, the first thing to do is swap out the transducer for a new one. Still does it? Send the unit for repair.

Does it also do it at rest in the marina, or do you trailer the boat?

I have a Humminbird 998 HD Si.

http://static.garmin.com/pumac/47_2006_2010_GPS17Installation.pdf

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G'day
I had a similar problem of the unit turning off when the engine was started.
I simply replaced the battery as the one one boat was only registering about 11 amps. This unit requires amps to be over 12 to maintain the readings. This fixed my problem at least.
If you are not getting a reading on the transducer you may need to make some slight adjustment on the transducer itself. Is it installed correctly? There is a manaul with pictures detailing the exact method of installing the transducer. It is very important you get this right.
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I have been doing some research and I haven’t been able to determine if the Garmin has a compatible output for your Furuno. I can not recommend any service center particularly since I have no idea where you are located, but any good marine shop should be able to help you.

The Furuno uses NMEA Inputs for the GPS, and like I said I haven’t been able to determine if that Garmin uses that as an output. I would suggest that you inspect your installation to determine if there are any cableing between the two units. If no wires connect the two that you can be sure that the units are not communicating.

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