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Attaching the portable friction mount

I bought the friction mount for my Nuvi 660, but the ball on the mount is too big to fit in the back of the 660. Do I just need to push real hard to get it in? I do not want to break anything. No instructions were included in the package.
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  • AKlilac Apr 18, 2008

    Thank you, I had totally spaced out that it came with a cd! I just applied a little bit more pressure than I was using and it snapped right in and back out.



    Problem solved!!

  • Anonymous Jul 04, 2008

    The ball just doesn't want to go in. I feel like I'm going to break this.

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It should be the same as mounting it to the suction mount that came with the 660. Check the sizes, they should be the same. There are instructions on the supplied cd, but also in the built-in memory, visible when you connect it to your computer, and if that is missing, on Garmin's website. It does take some force, but it shouldn't feel like it's going to break something.

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How do I connect the garmin nuvu to portable friction mount


Hello.

The Garmin Nuvi GPS unit can be taken on the go or set up inyour vehicle. Most units come with a window suction mount that attachesdirectly to your window while some have a sticky dashboard mount. These twooptions can leave permanent marks on your car, with a dark circle on yourwindow or leftover adhesive on your dashboard. Use a friction mount to avoiddamaging your car. The mount uses bean bags to hold it in place withoutdamaging the dashboard.

Instructions
1 Place the friction mount bean bag on the center ofyour dashboard. 2 Snap the Nuvi unit into the plastic mount and set iton top of the bean bag mount. 3 Position the Nuvi at the angle you prefer for bestvisibility while driving. 4 Hold the mount in position and slide the switch tothe "Lock" position. 5 Connect the cables to the Nuvi and you are done.
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Sep 06, 2011 | Garmin GPS

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Nuvi 660 On/Off Power Switch Problem


Note - I originally wrote this article for the Nuvi 350 but I am now seeing this problem show up on the Nuvi 660 as well.

For those of you that own a Nuvi 350 & Nuvi 660 with a on/off power switch problem....don't worry you're not alone.

Two days after I purchased my Nuvi 350, my switch broke too. The problem I faced was that I bought it from a so-called "Authorized Dealer" on eBay. Turns out that Garmin never heard of the dealer and therefore refused to register my Nuvi and honor the warranty. They did however offer to fix it for a flat $170.00 fee.

So what do you do in this type of situation? I did some research on the web and discovered that this is a common problem with the Nuvi 350 and now with the Nuvi 660 as well.

Here's why it happens:

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 on the button, the very small solder leads of the switch are stressed and eventually the switch breaks off the main PC board. This is a design flaw and it could have been easily prevented by glueing a small piece of custom-fit 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.

Another possibility of failure because of poor support, is that the switch body may have bent down and away from the case's on/off flap that pushes the switch. There is a plastic stop pin in the case that prevents the flap from going down too far. So, if the switch has been bent down as much as 1/16", the flap will never reach the button on the switch.

Can it be fixed? Yes but it's not just a simple matter of just resoldering the switch. Without fixing the original support issue, the problem will certainly happen again. In some cases, the printed circuit board tracks may have lifted up off the board and need to be bypassed with wires.

The proper way to fix this problem is to improve the mechanical mounting of the switch by securing its metal body to the motherboard groundplane with pre-tinned buswire. The mechanical leads of the switch are not enough to secure the switch to the board. A custom-fit plastic block needs to be glued between the rear body of the switch and the SD card housing. Bottom line, if the switch can't move, the leads won't be stressed causing them to break.

It's very unlikely that the switch itself is bad. The life cycle of this switch is 250,000 cycles. For example, if you pressed it 20 times per day for an entire year, that would add up to 7,300 presses per year. Divide 250,000 cycles by 7,300 and it would take 34.25 years before the switch would fail. No doubt the switch will outlive the Nuvi itself.

Taking the Nuvi apart itself requires the right tools. The internal flex cables for the antenna, touch screen and LCD screen are delicate and can be torn easily if you're not careful. The antenna flex cable runs through the swivel antena shaft and is very delicate. The Nuvi 660 is a little more complex to take apart due to the additional flex cables and their location.

You will need a surface mount desoldering/soldering station with illuminated magnifier. A standard soldering iron is far too big to solder the leads and will overheat the solder pads, lifting them off the board. All work should also be performed with proper grounding to eliminate static charge issues.

To determine if your switch is broken with no other issues, please
confirm the following:

1. Pressing the on/off switch has no effect and the switch feels mushy
when pressed - no soft click.

2. The unit powers up and operates normally when using the car adapter
or USB adapter and can be turned off by pressing the reset button.

If the above conditions appear to be the symptoms of your Nuvi 350 or Nuvi 660,
then most likely, the on/off switch has broken off from the main
printed circuit board.

Please contact me at KS3R at sharc dot net if you would like further information about this problem and how to get it quickly repaired.

Best wishes,
- Jim
Pittsburgh, PA

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I have the garmin portable friction mount bean bag. I can't figure out what to put on the back of the gps unit itself to hook to the "spike" that I have put into the "vice" holder in...


I'm guessing your Garmin is the Nuvi model. You need an additional mount that mounts on the unit itself. Go on ebay and search Nuvi car mount you will see many of them on sale on there. The mount you need for your unit is kind of U shaped with a hole in it to attach to the post on your friction mount.

I hope this helps you out and if it does please leave me some feedback.

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How do you attach the portable friction mount to the garmin 255w gps


You attach the suction cup mount to the flat space in the centre of the portable friction mount.

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Best way to mount on dash


Go to garmins web site; https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=13431&locale=en_EN#accessoryTab
Click on Accessories. From the list click on Portable Friction Mount.
Weather conditions will not affect this friction mount.
You may find the mirrow-mount setup from Ram mounts a better alternative;
http://www.ram-mount.com/?gclid=CO-wgIan750CFYdd5QodFQsfLA

Hope you find this helpfull!
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I have a Garmin Nuvi 660 and the suction cup fell off the inside of the windshield and broke the screen on the GPS. I believe it is only the touch screen portion because the picture looks and acts fine. ...


If the unit is under warranty, then send it back to the manufacturer. I had one customer that had the same thing happen and the manufacture offered to replace her unit free of charge.

If the unit is out of warranty, the manufacturer will not sell you a replacement screen. You can find them on eBay, but unless you know how to take the Nuvi apart, you face damaging the unit further.

If the touch screen is bad, the Nuvi will not recognize any presses on the screen. Having worked on many of these units, there is really nothing to go bad on a touch screen unless its physically damaged or has become disconnected from being dropped. If it appears that the glass is cracked, then it is the LCD display that is bad. The touch screen is a clear film layer that lays over the LCD display.

I would strongly suggest that you purchase a Garmin friction mount and no longer use the window mount. With a friction mount, your Nuvi will not fall and the friction mount is legal in all 50 states, whereas a window mount may not be.

- Jim

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Garmin nuvi 660


Owners can select a pin code to use which locks the unit preventing use by theives. Sat Nav theft is a big market. The unit needs to be sent to Garmin who will verify you are the registered owner and unlock it for you. If you bought at a market is there a good chance it may have been stolen?

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