Posted: 7/9/2011 22:31:59
Hello, The antenna connector just spins on my 295 moving map and I can't get it off without breaking something. Anyone know who repairs garmin unsupported models?
Posted: 7/14/2011 21:12:46
My gps/com 190 did the same thing. You will have to get it apart to tighten the connector fitting from the inside.
Posted: 7/14/2011 22:56:07
Yep, it does soound like you will have to get inside to tighten the connector, if it isnt broken already. I am not a licensed avionice tech, but have had many years in the medical electronics field, and even more as a ham operator. I would be willing to take a look just to see if I could fix it, and I do have some small connectors. I am not totally familiar with the 296 and its innards, but have repaired some of the hiker versions before. My e-mail is email@example.com. I am in Gunter, Tx, 40 or so miles due north od Dallas.
Posted: 7/15/2011 10:31:57
I recently bought a Garmin 295 from a friend and had a similar problem with it. I ended up taking mine apart myself and fixing it. It's not that hard but you need a very good set of screwdrivers (the kind you would fix eyeglasses or jewelry with). After you take out the batteries, there are 8 small phillips screws that hold the two halves of the unit together. When you take it apart, be sure to keep the bottoms of the two halves butted together as there is a ribbon cable that you don't want to damage. You can use one of the small screwdrivers to tighten the nut that holds the antenna mount. I had to take mine apart a couple of times before I got it tightened real good. Hope this helps. Here's a google link for more info: http://tinyurl.com/63raole
Posted: 7/15/2011 12:51:58
Thanks Kevin, Joe and Doc. You have given me confidence to dig into the guts of the GPS beast. The more stuff you work on the more you realize your abilities are greater than you thought. Great support on 365 ! Noel