the windshield suction cup will not stay stuck for very long.
is the something I can do to make it stick longer?
try and use windex to clean the windsheild, that should fix it!
My windshield mount work well for a few months on short trips.During travel from VA to FL it came off and luckly no damage to the unit.Got various suggestions using cleaner for windshield and water on the pad.I invested in the Friction mount for the dash and no problems since.Just not worth the risk to me in damaging the units.It would be nice if the unit would come out the package with a different mount along the lines of on the dash or re-design the suction mount so you could move it a lot farther down on the windshield. I suggested to Garmin about moving the small rubber strip to the top that is use to break the suction from the winshield .That would allow you to get the unit much lower and still get your fingers on the strip to remove it.So if it did break loose it would be less chance for damage.It would also make it less noticable for us in Va because we are not allowed to put anything on the windshield to block our view.
put a small amount of water onto the black rubber suction and evenly redistribute it around w/ ur finger then put it on the window. it'll provide some additional suction.
Do a search. This problem has been discussed several times. The only permanent fix seems to be 'buy a bean-bag mount'.
Just a few threads:
I dont use the mount that came with the unit, i went to a ram mount for the windsheild, heftier and sticks lick super glue to the window!
I have never tried this myself but I seem to recall reading somewhere that running a tube of Chapstick (or similar) around the edge of the cup makes a good seal. Probably leaves a little ring on the windshield when you remove it, too, but I would imagine that would wipe off easily enough.
I use one of the eyeglass cleaning wipes periodically on both the glass and cup. Sticks so well it is difficult to get off when I really want to remove it.
I haven't tried it yet but I've heard if you use a little very lite coat of cooking oil, baby oil or something like that it will hold better and longer. I will be trying them as I'm using the suction on a motorcycle right now until I can get a ram mount.
Get a new window.
The Garmin beanbag is what i use. You can put it anywhere you like and makes it alot easier to hide unit when not in use.
To keep mine in place, I used a little 3M adhesion promoter. We use it in the body shop to reactivate glue on certain types of trim pieces. I remove it to clean my windshield easily, but when I put it back on it is not going anywhere. Apply it to the suction cup only, not the glass.
Mine never comes off. Windsheild was cleaned with rubbing alcohol as was the cup.
you can also use vasaline as posted in other threads
I put off (way too long) shelling out the $$ for the bean bag mount. Even got the updated suction-cup mount free from Garmin. I couldn't tell you how many times my nuvi fell from the windshield. In addition, it's so much easier to move from one vehicle to another. My suggestion is don't put it off any longer, get the bean-bag mount.
Your saliva (spit) works great too on the suction cup.
Cleaned the windshield and cup with a little vinegar and water. Works great!
Weather conditions I believe can play a big part as well freezing cold conditions gave me troble. Cleaning the windshield and the rubber mount is really the ticket weather it be vinegar or alcohole work great for me.
Weather and time will make it fall eventually no matter what. Get a Brackton bean bag mount from Amazon for around $15.
On our last trip, I used the dashboard disc mount that came with our Nuvi. Instead of using the permanent adhesive that came on the back of the mount, I used a couple "command strips" that you can buy to hang hooks and posters on walls. Just two strips secured the GPS pretty good, and then at the end of the trip, to my wife's delight, the disc and strips came off with no sticky mess or marks left.
My guess is that even if you don't have one of these discs, you could just put command stips on the suction cup and stick unto the dashboard.
Oh yeah, this is a LOT cheaper than buying one of those beanbag friction mounts.
I use water on the rubber. Stick better. Frequent cleaning of the windshield help
tried spit, did not last any longer! will give other ideas a try.
Clean the suction cup with rubbing alcohol and the location on the windshield. Then DO NOT TOUCH THE RUBBER SUCTION CUP WITH YOUR FINGER and place it on the windshield. That should do it for ya!
Get the portable friction mount and you won't have to worry any more....besides then no one will be able to see those round circles on your winshield and break in to get your GPS. Well worth the investment...
the bean bag is the only way to go
Be very careful using an oil of any kind on a 'rubber" part, many oils can breakdown the rubber in time and you will ruin the mount.
Another problem on mounting a windsheild mount is to pick a flat area of the windshield even a small curve makes the mounting difficult
You've got lick it before you stick it.
I used saliva, oil, and water. Everything seemed to work for a while, but eventually came the day where it just let go again. Finally gave up and got a bean bag. I can't recommend it highly enough!
Oh yeah - and no matter how many times I clean the windshield, if the sun hits it just right I swear I can still see that damn ring!
I second this and if you clean it well enough, it won't come down and there are no rings to whip off.
I use water solution though, works like a charm.
i'd be wary of the bean bag/gps slamming into passenger/driver's face if car came to sudden stop.
I never cleaned the window. spit on my suction cup, rubbed it around, put it on the window, pulled the flip bar to create more suction... it's never come down. And the unit is a heavier c530... in a semi. (which bounces around all over sometimes). I wonder why some peoples works so well and others not at all. Is there a difference in design? Did they get cheaper on some models?
In a sudden stop or frontal collision, everything flies FORWARD, not back towards the passengers. Getting hit by loose objects on your dash might happen if you were hit from behind, though.
Clean the windshield with a little alcohol. Then wet the suction cup a little and then re-apply. That should do the job. I also have heard that heat effects how they hold. So you may want to start thinking about the bean bag type if you still experience the same problem. I have one and love it. Never slides or moves.
make sure your windshield is clean!
also moist the suction cup before mounting to the windshield and you should not have any problems.
I think this is getting ridiculous...please by the bean (friction) bag and get on with life....My god how many different ways have you been told what to do and nothing has worked yet....
Garmin bean bag works great
has anyone tried one of these? http://www.handstands.com/retail/ipod-accessories/isticky-pa... attaching the suction cup to one of these and then placing it on the dash.
thought I had read on here somewhere that someone had done so!
or one of these?
I tried everything with the Garmin suction cup mount.
Every time there was a drastic temperature change,
I would come out to the car and find my C530
lying on the dash. Mostly happened on hot sunny days.
I went to Best Buy to drop $40 on a bean bag,
and they had plenty on the wall. As I was about to
go pay for it, I glanced down to find an opened
package (looked partially opened) and retaped for
$23 and change ! It was new, didn't appear used at
The best thing about the bean bag is that the whole
thing easily fits in the center storage bin on my
Tribute. The suction cups always left a tell tale
ring on the windshield if I tried to "hide" the
I haven't had this problem yet but will probably when it starts getting hot. But I also don't keep it attached when I'm just driving to work, just when I'm going someplace I don't know very well or on long trips.
Garmin sent me a second suction mount free of charge. I finally gave up on this system and purchased a friction mount for my Streetpilot c340. It works great and easier to hide also.
Garmin sent me a second suction mount free of charge.
After I contacted Garmin about this problem, they sent me a new suction mount as well. Since I am constantly on trips for my work and all three of my cars are convertibles, I needed something reliable. Like Zuma, I decided I wanted something COMPLETELY reliable. So I took drastic measures.
For my cars at home, I put (ahem!) super glue on my suction cups and glued them to the windows. Talk about your tell-tell sign! And for my rental cars, I purchased a bean bag mount.
Now I do not have to worry about the suction cup or bean bag flying off the dash and out the convertible, and I do not have to worry about a silly suction cup popping off and dashing my gps to the ground when I am traveling.
Problem solved! *** Just hope I do not need to replace my front windshield any time soon. hehe ***
You superglued the suction cup to your windshield. That is a dead give away. You might as well leave your GPS on the hood of your car. That way they won't have to break your window to steal it.
*smile* Hmm.. A dead give-away... Dang it!
Seriously, I have a convertible Trans Am, Sebring, and Jeep Wrangler. If someone wants to steal anything from me, all they have to do is reach in and take it. I always take my GPS with me whenever I park and leave the car topless so that the baddies can browse at their leisure. My hope is that the baddie will feel obligated to help arrange some items and maybe clean-up a bit while they are looking. So far in my thirty years of owning only convertibles, I have never had any incidents of theft. Of course I do not leave candy sitting around when I know there are hungry children about.
Put the suction cup on window, grab a hammer and a nail, and give it a good wack. It won't go anywhere. Or a self-tapping screw and a Dewalt screw gun. Orrrr....do you know anyone who can weld? I bolted mine with 3/4" bolts.. don't forget the lockwashers.
I had a similar problem, contacted Garmin, and they sent me a new one that has worked fine. I simply emailed customer support.
use a little water and keep the cup and window clean
I have seen that windscreens with a steep vertical angle have the harder time keeping the suction mount attached for long periods. Those windscreens with a shallower, raked angle have an easier ability to keep the mount attached.
If you have a car, like a Jeep, with a near vertical windscreen you might consider other mounting options...
I was having the same problem with the suction cups coming loose. Tried about every thing. Called Garmin and they sent me a new mount. No joy, it came loose, also. I drive a Camaro Z28 and (once in a while) make hard launches. Not so much now with the price of gas. Any way the blankety blankety GPS was winding up in my lap or on the floor. Went to the Walmart website and ordered a friction mount (bean bag) for $29.00 and it works PERFECT with my C-340. Works super in my Envoy too. The friction mount "sits" lower on the dash and does block your view. Easy to hide when you park your car with no "tell tell" signs on your windshield or dash. Really recommend the friction mount. Took me about 4 months to do it and have been kicking myself in the tail for not doing it earlier.
screw fix it on windshield!!!!????
jokes apart - same problem i used solution to fix it on my dash board. it looks ugly; but no other option that to buy new suction cup.
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