Just wanted to let everyone know that if you leave your Garmin suction mount attached to the inside of the windshield too long the rubber will bond to the windshield. I just found out the hard way (it was attached for about 4 months).....
I tried to remove the mount today and it would not come off unless I used a large plastic blade to seperate the the rubber suction from the windshield. This caused some of the rubber to remain on the windshield.
Here are some pictures
Luckily, the wife's C320 is under warranty and they are sending me a new mounting bracket.
Garmin did not even want the old bracket back so at least we can use the GPS.
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Looks like it definitely gets trashed from extreme hot/cold conditions and my guess it's from heat. Did Garmin say if the new suction cup is made differently or are you going to have that problem again??
Did not ask. I believe it is the same based on pictures on the website.
For better alternative mounts for all kinds of devices check out http://www.proclipusa.com
Bought two mounts from them, one for each car. They even make base mounts so one unit can work in either car.
In California, it is illegal to mount a suction cup device on the windshield. Not that they would stop you for it, but why take the chance. I found a mount I really like that works on the Garmin C3X0 series GPS units. It is easy to grab the mount and gps and throw them in the trunk when I get out.
Try this URL: http://www.tigergps.com/gapodamofors.html
I found this to be a good price for what you get. I have not had a problem with it wanting to shirft or move while driving. Sure easier than putting on and taking off the suction cup mount.
Mine fused to the windshield also!!
Yikes! I just bought the nuvi 680 today. Does anyone know if the mount has been modified or improved?
I was on a 2 week run in Michigan and got back home cause I needed to put it in the van. It was stuck too. I did need to take a razor to clean the rubber off the windshield.
Wow! That looks bad! mine was not that bad though.
That site you posted is great for accessories but just for anyone looking for memory...a little off subject but.......go to ebay.....less than half the cost for memory then @ ://www.tigergps.com/gapodamofors.html.
Now i am gonna order the mount for my c330 from that site = )
Has anyone tried the beanbag mount for the Nüvi? My friend had one included with his older StreetPilot 2610 and it is such an easy way to transfer between vehicles. I know there are the adhesive discs, but I really dont want to stick something to my dash.
i use the bean bag with my c530. it is the only way to go.
My c-340 did the same thing. I took mine (bracket) to Walmart and swapped it for a new one. Now, I just make sure to remove the new bracket from the windshield every now and again. So far, it seems to be working.
That's the OEM friction mount from Garmin and the price is cheaper than garmin.com (about $13 in savings). I should of asked for that when they were sending me the replacement suction mount.
Get it here with Google checkout and it comes to $25.48 including shipping.
I just got my Garmin last week and that was in the back of my mind.
Thanks for answering my question before I even asked it.
I bought one of these 3-fingered friction mounts for my c550 and it's great! I was doing donuts in a parking lot (it snowed like crazy here yesterday) and it didn't move even a little bit. I only got it to move one time in the couple weeks I've had it when I was going entirely too fast around a hard corner. Even then, it moved only about an inch. Mashing the gas or brake doesn't affect it at all.
Also, it's a lot easier to hide when parking the car or put on when you get in the car, compared to the suction mount.
The only problem I have with it is, like has been said before, in the event of an accident, it could become a projectile. But as it says in the manual, as long as you don't put it on top of where an airbag deploys from, you should be fine.
At first when you press the screen, it tends to wobble slightly, which makes it not as easy to get a positive feel of what button you are pressing, compared to the suction mount. After using it for a few days though, you get used to it and tend to just have a softer touch with your GPS.
Overall, I recommend it.
Do you have the one that comes with a ball mount, or the one that requires the dash mount kit purchased separately?
Garmin said they do not recommend the one with the included mount for the c5xx series. They didn't say why, but I assume it's because the c5's are substantially heavier than the Nuvi's.
But if you've had good luck with it, I'd rather save the $30 than spend it on the dash kit!
Mine was "stuck" after only a week, but was only a little difficult to remove. It just took a little extra tug to get it off, but I am sure glad to hear about this before it became a problem. Apparently, there was no damage to the suction cup.
As always, You guys are really on the ball!
Has anyone ever experienced a problem like this while keeping it mounted to the dash? I would hate to have some sort of circular mark left behind on my dash.
I've been having problems with the suction mount in the colder weather. The Nuvi can only take so many plunges to my car floor before it gives up its ghost I figure.
I read about the mountguys' products, and tried their dashboard vent. Rock solid once installed - but it's not meant to be taken off after each use. (I use my GPS just once every 1-2 weeks, mostly when I travel out of the area.) The plastic fingers holding it to the dash seemed very flimsy and ready to break, and getting it off was a pain.
I'm wondering about the 3 finger or dashboard friction mounts. Anyone have experience of really hard braking, or being hit in an accident, and these things go flying? Or hard cornering? Friction only lasts for so long when high forces are applied. I'm just wondering how long that is. First hand knowledge being sought. Returning gadgets and paying for postage both ways gets to be expensive.
i have a beanbag mount for my c530. it has solved my problem in oklahoma, and that is saying alot with our roads in oklahoma. no problem with breaking.
My biggest concern is the moment it gets warm here and I open up the car windows. If that suction mount lets go when I'm making a turn, that nice expensive piece of electronics could end up as road trash when it flies out the side window. Anybody in warmer climes have a close call??
Previously, I used the suction mount and had my unit fell off quite a few times. Each time, before reinstalling the mount, I would clean the windshield, exhale on the suction cup and remount it (last for a few months).
I then found out that suction mount in CA is illegal, so I've switched to the bean-bag mount and happy ever since. Bean bag mount has both weight + slightly sticky rubber surface underneath that adhere well to the dash. Yet, it still enable me to reposition the mount anytime.
My mount would fall off several times a day, so I used some bottled water to help get it to stick better. When I did this, it BONDED to the window in less than a day!!! Had to remove with a sharp scraper...
I have since started to use chap-stick to help get a better seal and keep if from forming the bond to the window. It works! Now the mount will stay up for over a week.
Yesterday I didn't have any chap-stick and used water again. BIG MISTAKE! I had to scrape it off the window again and now it is missing so much rubber it will not stick at all... I need to call Garmin and get a new mount that is not missing big chunks. >:(
I returned 3 (three) suction cup to Garmin.
Finally I bought a good Velcro, I put it on the dashboard and on the suction cup and now I've no problems.
I can also move the suction cup from one car to the other without problems.
thank for the info
Will the bean bag come disloged in an accident and if so how much does it weigh. I am not sure what the best answer is here but in an accident I would prefer the GPS flying around with only the plastic winshield mount rather than a heavy mount.
Most certainly it will move in an accident. I think I'd rather be hit with the bean bag mount than the actual gpsR
Anyway, here is some more reading on places and ways to mount your gpsR.
read more here
The only time I've mounted mine to the windshield was the day I bought mine, from the store to home. I mount it elsewhere in the vehicles, as noted in the above link.
When I called about the fused suckstion cup, they just sent me a new assembly and did not want the original back.
They must have warehouse full of the suctioncup assemblies. When will they realize that they have a POS suckstion cup design / material.
the debate goes on. if i have an accident more than likely i will have more problems than the bean bag mount. i have all sorts of loose stuff in my car. as i said before the bean bag mount has served me well on oklahoma roads, and that says a lot.
at how many people have had problems ! I only use the suction mount on relatively long trips of which I have taken 6 in the past year, about 24,000 road miles . It has only come down once (I forgot to moisten it) and no problems with it otherwise. It has been from NH in the COLD to Las Vegas, AZ, TX and rest of deep South in the summer ! I keep it up very high on windshield so maybe that helps.
The only thing I do is make sure glass is very clean before I mount it and just use a little "mouth moisture" aka spit on the rubber !
Like I said - have had no problems attaching, unattaching ! Lucky ??????????????????
But, I'd rather be lucky than good anytime !
Other than long trips I use Spider mount so I can transfer between vehicles.
Also use an exterrnal antenna when I use suction mount !
I called them today and told them the thing had bonded to the window. The support guy just verified my shipping address and said a new one is on the way.
I said "I guess they picked the wrong rubber to make them" and he said, "Yea, they changed how they make them in January" I'm guessing the new one will not have the bonding problem again.
I'm happy with this kind of mount and the Garmin support.
Has anyone had any luck requesting a beanbag replacement for the suction cup from Garmin? Mine falls off on a daily basis, and I will be furious if the screen gets damaged. This is a poor design.
I have had absolutely no issues with the suction cup mount, you just have to make sure that the windshield is very clean as well as the cup. Add a thin layer of vasaline and I swear it won't come down.
I had no problems with my suction cup falling off until it got hot. Large temperature changes (e.g. 40s overnight and then 80s in the day) are making it fall.
I had no problem getting a beanbag mount, but I don't like it. Doesn't look secure at all and I don't expect to use it.
Mine falls off on a daily basis, and I will be furious if the screen gets damaged.
I use a small amount chapstick (or something like it) and it says on the window for a week or two at a time.
I am looking for info from someone using a dash mount. I want to try it, but I would need one with a long neck (for lack of a better word). I want to try putting it between the bucket seats on the dash coming up from near the floor. Have you seen any long enough to do that? I really do not want to put the perm. disk on the top of the dash, I don't want it to mess up the dash later if I want to remove it. Is that a possiblity?
Mountguys has a thing that goes under a seat-bolt that's on a goose-neck like thing - that might be what you're looking for.
You might like to try dusting the suction cup with talcum powder to stop it gluing itself to the glass. If it doesn't work for you, you can easily wipe off the talc with a damp cloth. The suction is based of course on air pressure outside the cup exceeding that inside the cup and providing air can't leak in, it should hold. I found that a cup when pre-wetted with saliver caused some sticking once it dried out in the sun and needed peeling off with a blade.
Generally though, to prevent theft, I always remove the mount when I leave the car and wipe off any telltale marks on the windshield.
I live here in Vancouver, Canada and I've found that the suction cup binds like glue to the windshield
even in cool temperatures (mid 40's F. to mid 50's F.)
if you don't remove it periodically. You don't have to be in a location with extreme hot/cold conditions to have this happen. IMO the longer you have the suction mount on the windshield the more difficult it will be to remove it and the greater the chance of damaging the rubber upon removal.
I still take mine with me. I dont trust that it will be there when I return but that is NYC for you.
I agree with Keith. I always take it with me or hide it in the car, even when I'm in FishKill.
Garmin c550...same thing just happened to my hubby's mount. He just changed vehicles and when he attempted to take it out of the old vehicle to put in the new vehicle, the rubber got left behind. i have just sent an email to Garmin support to see what their policy is regarding the mounts as the GPS was only purchased 02/02/07. Currently the GPS is holding up with vaseline as I that option was suggested in a previous posting so I will see if Garmin responds to my email regarding a new mount.
Call Garmin with the serial number and they will replace it no problem! they did with mine and i got it in 1 day! it was SUPER fast
wow that looked really bad there is another type of mount but not for the windshield it mounts on the vent of your car and it is specifically for the nuvi series models I heard those are really good ebay gotem for about 10 bucks
I read on a newsgroup that a good solution is to don't remove the transparent film that is on the new suction cup.
Unfortunatelly I removed, but if someone can try will be great.
Sorry, but I can't find the newsgroup where I found this.
Just called Garmin and they are sending my new suction cup mount today. I have had nothing but good customer service from Garmin.
I have several screenshots of the item. How does it handle. Does it slide around/
Does the GPS unit wobble or shake?
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