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My Nextar Q3 is a few years old and when I was trying to charge the battery while in my car the screen went blank and stopped giving directions. I tried restarting the unit but the screen went on briefly and then went blank again. Is the battery dead? If so, where do I get a new one and what kind is it?

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You need to open it and check the wires behind the power board sometimes those wires get loose from the solder weld the battery its ok if you have it connected to your car lighter, I had that happen to me so I opened it and found broken solder welds at the end of those wires, it is a very delicate work to get to it but I think that's what it is.

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