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Power connector My power cord connection is broken, 5 year old lost a part (spring) and it won't supply power when plugged in.

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That spring is very important. If you remove the metal tip at the end of the charger, there is a spring on top of a fuse. The spring keeps the metal in contact with your vehicle's charger. Without that, it will not charge. Your only options are to purchase a new cord from Garmin, or charge the unit thorough the computer.

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