Question about Garmin StreetPilot c340 GPS Receiver
I bought this GPS last week and while driving for a week it was good but when I went out of town, the battery run out even though it was plugged into my cigarette charger while driving, is my charger defective? I think the only reason why it was working my first week is the initial charge that was in the unit. Did anyone encountered the same problem?
I came here looking for solution and tried the "press eraser in bottom right corner and turn on" but didn't work for mine BUT if you look at the face plate (the part on the front that says "Garmin",) just under the word "Garmin" you see a small indent in the plastic, useing your finger nail, gently pull upwards and the face plate will come up. Also, be gentle while pulling the face plate being careful not to break it. ( I advise that you use your nail and not anythng that might scratch the plastic if you are intending on returning the unit, cause they may suggest that you tampered with it and that "voids the warrenty") Anyway, look at the USB plug (above the ON button on the side) and you see a tab, press it and the unit will reset.
Seems to me that with all the problems Garmin has had with their units freezing up that I should have found this solution on the garmin site! To think that there are people who will throw there unit away because of this problem OR who will pay 150.00 bucks to get it fixed through Garmin.
Posted on Jan 26, 2008
I called Garmin for the same problem. They told me the cigarette lighter really just runs the unit, but doesn't fully charge the battery. They told me to hook the unit up to my computer with the UBS wire that came with it and it should be fully charged after 10 hours. They were right. Now I have four green bars instead of one and no "low battery" message.
That should solve your problem.
Posted on Jan 18, 2008
My 330i unit won't hold a charge. Bought a new 12 v charger and new fuse -still the same agh!!! What is the cure? Does the internal battery have a useful (and limited) life? Would an A/C charger do the trick? If so, I can use that in car w/12V inverter plugged into cig lighter....????
Posted on Nov 06, 2010
My garmin c340 will not charge in car
Posted on Aug 16, 2010
Does the charging symbol come up when you plug it in? If not it's either a broken charger (try diffferent one) or a broken charing port. If they don't give you a new one under warranty, are third party Garmin repair services that will fix it for cheap. Also, I found an DYI GPS repair guide, so you can do it yourself too, not that difficult.
Posted on Jul 12, 2010
I contacted Garmin by e-mail and phone. The person on the phone suggested I need a a new cradle and sent me one. The e-mail suggested I plug it into my usb port of the computer. When I did it charged. I was also told to take the face plate off and press the reset button. The folks at germin were very nice and helpful I spoke to Garmin again and they let me warranty the C330 They told me to put the charged Garmin on the old cradle which I did and the fully charged Garmin read low battery. When the New cradle arrived free of charge I put on the new cradle, plugged it in and it works better than new
Posted on May 01, 2008
Thanks guys for your inputs. I nearly bought another GPS had I not found this site.
I had the same issue. My Garmin c340 suddenly powers on and off with or without the car power adapter connected. I tried the reset button under the faceplate as suggested here and charged it through my PC with my USB to PC cable. It started working again.
Then, I used it for a while using its own battery. Then, I attached it to the car power adapter and powered it off. It's charging again. It appears that the car power adapter can not charge the GPS when the battery level of the GPS is very low.
You can also use the USB to PC cable in your car. Just buy a car power adapter with USB input.
Hope this helps.
Posted on May 01, 2008
Thanks so much! It now works! I wish I could take it back and get something different since it won't charge in the car.
Posted on Mar 30, 2008
My Garmin C340 will not charge at all from the vehicle charger. I charged it completely from my PC (left it plugged in to the USB port all night). Used it for about 4.5 hrs and it is dead again. No wonder they took the product off the market. Wish I had not purchased it.
Posted on Mar 20, 2008
My gps was dead and would not take a charge from the car adapter or usb, reset as suggested here by taking face plate off (2 seconds) and works like brand new. Thanks for the solution!
Posted on Mar 17, 2008
Great info. My garmin c340 wouldnt charge through my computer usb and nothign i read worked until this. Thanks!
Posted on Feb 11, 2008
Omg this helped my friggin garmin died in the middle of pittsburgh( i just moved to PA and dont know where a thing is)thanks so much for the help.... I thought i would have to change the fuse and OMG that would have been awful.so than you sooooooo much for the help my garmin is charging on my laptop right now...thanks oodles and bunches.....
Posted on Jan 29, 2008
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