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Garmin eTrex legend Joystick not working

Hi, I have a Garmin eTrex Legend of which the joystick does not work.

I opened the unit, and have found that the unit when shorting two pins for each direction, works 100%, but the actuall toggle switch must be broken.

If anyone knows where to get the spares, please let me know. Everything else works 100%.

Garmin has used inferior quality joystick switches on this product. They don't last very long, and they (garmin) say they don't have any joystick button spares.

Been stuck with this issue for months.

So anyone that can point me in the direction of the spares would be appreciated. Either just the spare or a dead GPS unit that I can strip.

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  • vernvision Jul 31, 2008

    I have the same problem hope someone can tell us what we can do. No sence sending it in cause its not worth it!

  • Anonymous Sep 28, 2008

    Same probem as above. Will not buy another Garmin.

  • Fire304 Nov 19, 2008

    I have a Vista with the right joystick zone dead, can jump pins to make it work OK, need a new joystick.  My joystick has 511GB 3210 on it,maybe a part number?  Any electrical engineer types might recommend a replacement unit?

  • Rodriaan Dec 15, 2008

    I have the same problem with my Legend. It looks like a standard 4 way micro switch. Should be available from the original manufacturer (which of course is NOT Garmin).
    It would be nice if someone could suggest where to get such a micro switch.
    Anyone able to help us?


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I see this problem in another forum, and seems the best option, tell me if works

http://www.loshombres.org/californication/2005/11/deconstructing-garmin-etrex-vista.html

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

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You can find this part at www.digikey.com for about $1.34 a piece.

Digi-Key Part Number 401-1130-1-ND Price Break Unit Price Extended Price 1 1.34000 1.34 25 1.23920 30.98 100 1.13580 113.58 250 1.03252 258.13 500 0.92926 464.63 Quantity Available Available Manufacturer C&K Components Manufacturer Part Number TPA511GLFS Description SWITCH TACT NAV 4DIR W/SELECT

Enjoy, Chris

Posted on May 05, 2009

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I had a similar problem with my first unit. I returned it to the store where I bought it, and they were kind enough to give me a new unit because it was still under warranty. Normally, it would have to be sent to Garmin for replacement under warranty. It might be worth a try if your unit is still under warranty.

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Totally works and don't forget to update your software since the B/W models will go blank due to the changes the government made to the WAS... format

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