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.
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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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.
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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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.
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It's a ball and socket device. You have to force the suction cup ball device into the socket. It'll pop, and you know it's in there. By the way once it's in, it relies on friction to keep it from moving so do not add any lubricant to facilitate the joining of the two pieces.
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.
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?