Question about Garmin GPS Devices
This is a common problem with the Nuvi series. It's a design flaw. 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.
If you would like for me to repair your GPS for a very reasonable price, please email me at KS3R at sharc dot net. I repair the unit and reinforce the switch so it won't happen again.
Posted on Jul 06, 2008
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