Loose ball socket

 

Everytime i hit a bump yesterday and today, my gps tilts downward. I think that the socket that holds thr ball in is loose. Anyone got any ideas on how to get it back to the proper tightness?

Loose Ball Socket Fix Suggestion

I recently purchased a Mountek Blade "nG6000g" mount from Amazon and the ball was ever so slightly smaller than the socket so the nuvi moved around just a bit while fiddling with the screen, so I feel your pain.

What I did was to apply a small strip of adhesive tape around the ball making the diameter larger and taking care that it doesn't slip when remounting the nuvi back on.

Scotch tape was too thin and slippery, tried masking tape and it worked.

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nüvi 3590LMT / ecoRouteHD

The Garmin 'G' Ball

Often gets loose in the summertime heat. The masking tape idea proposed by PaulieUrethane works well but can become difficult to remove during cold weather.

Be cautious about what type of tape you use. I tried adhesive tape once on an old mount and I couldn't get it apart. The adhesive glued the parts together on the hot dash. I've since switched to non adhesive teflon pipe thread tape. It has to be reapplied occasionally but it never sticks.

Blue tape

How about using blue painter tape. Thick like masking tape but adhesive is not sticky like most tape.

I think the blue tape

I think the blue tape deteriorates the same way as other masking tape. Maybe at a different rate. The weaker/thinner adhesive probably leaves less residue, but I don't think it eliminates the residue.

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WuLabsWuTecH wrote:

Everytime i hit a bump yesterday and today, my gps tilts downward. I think that the socket that holds thr ball in is loose. Anyone got any ideas on how to get it back to the proper tightness?

An orthopedist?

But seriously, try calling the manufacturer. Had a problem with Garmin's suction cup falling off the windshield, and they sent a replacement no questions asked.

In the future, simply slip a

In the future, simply slip a piece of a paper clip between the metal ring and plastic in the clip that attaches to the GPS. That will provide sufficient pressure to prevent the GPS from shifting positions.

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Will have to give that a try!

Will have to give that a try!

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Maps -> Wife -> Garmin 12XL -> StreetPilot 2610 -> Nuvi 660 (blown speaker) -> Nuvi 3790LMT

Loose Ball

Anybody tried a plain old piece of paper around the ball. Tear off the excess so it isn't seen

Brilliant! Thanks.

Strephon_Alkhalikoi wrote:

In the future, simply slip a piece of a paper clip between the metal ring and plastic in the clip that attaches to the GPS. That will provide sufficient pressure to prevent the GPS from shifting positions.

Great idea! Thanks for posting.

Apparently lots of people

Apparently lots of people have this issue!

Indeed!

WuLabsWuTecH wrote:

Apparently lots of people have this issue!

I've pretty much given up on the Garmin "G" ball mount. I switched to the RAM mounting system a few years back. A bit pricey but they never wear out.

Loose ball socket

I had the same problem with my Zumo 660 on my motor scooter. I successfully solved the problem by wrapping the ball in a sandwich baggie and then forcing the ball into the socket. I then ripped off the excess plastic resulting in a very neat result. Depending on how loose the fit is you may have to try different thicknesses of plastic, but I have not had a problem with my set-up.

Walt

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North Star in SW Ohio

There ya go!

I never thought of using a plastic baggie before but I think that's brilliant. No sticky residue and don't need to worry that the tape slips off while making the ball larger.

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nüvi 3590LMT / ecoRouteHD

Loose Ball Joint

I've never experienced this before.

Do you remove and remount your unit often ?

In my case...

Quote:

I've never experienced this before.
Do you remove and remount your unit often ?

I ran into the problem with the Mountek unit as mentioned up thread. It replaced the Garmin bean-bag mount (pad wore out and slides across the dashboard), where the mount that holds the nuvi, fits the ball perfectly and holds the gps steady. The Mountek ball, not so much.

As for removing and remounting the nuvi, I just push the release button and leave the mount in place and take just the nuvi with me. It's one on the powered mounts so that might be confusing.

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nüvi 3590LMT / ecoRouteHD

I have never had an issue...

...With the ball socket on my mounts. I just detach the GPS from the mount and then put the bean bag mounts (which I use on both of my units) away. However, if I had an issue, I would try the paper trick on the ball. I would think that would work.

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Find yourself some liquid

Find yourself some liquid electrical tape and coat the ball in a thin layer.

Do you

AKBiologist wrote:

Find yourself some liquid electrical tape and coat the ball in a thin layer.

realize that this post is/was three years old ?

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, SmartDrive 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Do you...

Melaqueman wrote:

[...realize that this post is/was three years old ?

Yeah, it's an older post but here's my experience. I have a 10-year-old Nuvi 1450 with a ball and socket mount. Three years ago the metal ring inside the socket broke so that the ball no longer snapped in. The socket is part of a piece that snaps over the top and under the bottom of the 1450's case for easy installation and removal. I bought a new socket piece from Amazon for I think $6, and everything has been fine ever since.

Phil

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

You bet I do. This was not

You bet I do. This was not for OP. I just figured someone looking for a solution might stumble on this thread like I did.

Like me!

AKBiologist wrote:

You bet I do. This was not for OP. I just figured someone looking for a solution might stumble on this thread like I did.

Like me! thanks

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Emma

So inexpensive

These things are so inexpensive that I couldn't be bother screwing around with It to make it work. I'd just order one from Amazon if needed.

OP Here! I remember this

OP Here! I remember this thread! Jeez that was annoying! But that was a few generations ago. I'm on to a freestanding dash beanbag thing now that works quite well!