Question about Tomtom GPS
The battery no longer holds a charge. There is no obvious screws holding the case together. Does the case snap together? If so, where are the pry points?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
TomTom will not service tomtoms out of the warranty period. I tried them and they dont . They say / argue that there are many companies offering service . I would suggest that the battery is user replaceable with a little bit of DIY knowledge. You need the correct screwdrivers whicth are Torx type. You can buy them cheaply in sets from size T5 up to T20. First remove screen surround by pushing the windscreen mount clip underneath the tomtom , towards the screen. This will push the surrounf out enough for you to grab the bottom of it and pull it off. Next unscrew the 4 torx screws located in 4 holes around the screen. Next , extract the tomtom 'innards' by easing the assembley out of the front of the case. Next , unscrew the 2 torx screws that hold the speaker in place. Next , remove the 2 smaller torx screws UNDER the speaker. This will then allow removal of the plastic clamp that holds the cylinder shaped battery in place.NEXT , unplug the battery ( theres 3 wires go to a little plug on the circuit board ) and withdraw it through the gap left by the speaker. Fit NEW BATTERY ( available off ebay ) and reassemble in reverse order. Of course all this should be done very carefully. DO NOT RUSH. Work on a clear bench and put something soft on the bench to protect the tomtom. DO NOT force anything , it should all come apart easily. If you are unsure , inexperienced at messing with fiddly things or just plain nervous then get someone else to do it.
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
I have tomtom rider 1.
There are 3 sizes of Torx screws; 3 sets of 2 screws each.
The largest is at the top back. I watched a fellow on YouTube take the back off. That was very helpful.
Someone called that T6 screw. I found a little set of security torx drivers for this.
The 2 bottom corner screws are smaller and then inside that on each side of the door are 2 more (smaller size but longer) screws.
Then carefully take the back off. There are wires connecting the back to the main board.
Take the card out before you try to take the back off.
Hope it works ok for you.
Posted on May 26, 2009
i repair these everyday, so take that in to consideration while evaluating my solutions...be careful what advice you follow on this web site..just because someone claims to be an expert doesnt mean they are.
the title says 4040 but your post doesnt say what model you have, so if you have something other then what i have provided below, please let me know.
Ill assume you have either a 31XX, 4XXX model since those are the ones that are alittle harder to get apart then any other Magellan. Read below what I have replied to others with this question.
You have to be careful taking them apart or youll Break the power port and the head phone port right of the board And it will probably screw the board up. had a few were ppl tried to Take them apart the wrong way and broke the tracers right off the board (now there junk)
Note: always start on the side opposite the power port
Anyway, after the screws are out, use your finger nail if you can,(that's what I use) if not get yourself a very small flat screw Driver (jeweler type) and starting from the side opposite the power port (pictures below) and Head phone port (start on the side the power BUTTON is on, starting at the bottom, Slip it along the seam where the front and back of the case Meet, but don't force it down inside the 2 halfs, you want to just put the blade In far enough so it slides along the seem and that its is separating the 2 just enough to unlock the tabs from Each other see the pics There are 6 taps to break free..2 on the top, 2 on the bottom and 1 on each side....don't worry about the on on the port side. Just tip the back of the case upward and that side will come free on its own. When you put it back together, the port side goes in 1st. Tip the rear of the case up and slide it in under the ports and then lay the back down on to the front half and it will snap together.
IF YOUR GOING TO SOLDER ON THE BOARD, DISCONNECT THE BATTERY AS SOON AS THE REAR COVER IS OFF!
if you need further help, just post back
I Bet I made that as clear as mud. I'm not much of an instructor as you might of guessed by now.
Posted on Jun 20, 2010
Testimonial: "Thanks Bill, Thought it was this kind of hooks but didn't want to break anything. Came apart just as you said it would. Found a bad solder joint on charging port, works great now."
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