Question about Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver
The power button liiks like it has failed, is there a fix for this? Or Should I send it back to the factory for repair. It is only 1 month old.
This is a common problem with the Nuvi series. 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 the button, the solder leads of the switch are stressed and eventually break off the main PC board. This is a design flaw and could have been easily prevented by wedging a small piece of 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.
I have repaired many of these before and the repairs I make prevent this from happening again.
If its under warranty, call Garmin and send it back. No need to worry about this if its under warranty.
If not, and you would like for me to reasonably repair your GPS, please email me at KS3R at sharc dot net.
Posted on Jul 22, 2008
Why do you say failed, is it wobbly, or do you mean it doesn't switch on if you tap it?
Usually you have to press it and hold it for a couple of seconds before the device spring to life.
Doesn't it switch on at all? Is the battery fully charged?
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
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