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Old 03-23-2015, 01:53 AM   #1
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Zumo 550 died. Advice please

Had a Zumo 550 for several years, no problems till last weekend. I just turned itself off during a ride and gave a few strange beeping noises to the starcom intercom when I tried to turn it back on. Nothing. Tried the remove battery trick, top left button and on button reset trick, nothing. Is there anyone in aus that repairs these things as garmin wont anymore? Or do I buy a second hand unit and hope it is ok? Or bite the bullet and buy a new gps. Are the new garmin units any good? Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:55 AM   #2
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Zumo 550 died. Advice please

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Had a Zumo 550 for several years, no problems till last weekend. I just turned itself off during a ride and gave a few strange beeping noises to the starcom intercom when I tried to turn it back on. Nothing. Tried the remove battery trick, top left button and on button reset trick, nothing. Is there anyone in aus that repairs these things as garmin wont anymore? Or do I buy a second hand unit and hope it is ok? Or bite the bullet and buy a new gps. Are the new garmin units any good? Any advice greatly appreciated.
Well, you may wish to send it back to Garmin for repair. Actually, the replace them with rebuild units. I still have a 550 along with a 665 and a Navigator V. All are superb units.

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Old 03-23-2015, 03:43 AM   #3
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Hi Mike, garmin wont repair the units anymore. Too old I presume, like me!
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:54 AM   #4
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Hi Mike, garmin wont repair the units anymore. Too old I presume, like me!
Correct, they've stopped doing their exchange program on the 550's now.

Squizzy, I might be keen to have a crack at repairing it, drop me a PM if you're interested
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Old 03-23-2015, 04:14 AM   #5
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I have had my 550 since 2009 (iirc)
It stopped working coming back from Cape York, a dude at a 'battery shop in Cairns used a pencil rubber on the battery terminals and it was going again.
Only trouble since that was the cradle, it would stop working on the road which turned out to be no charge.
If when first fitted to the cradle, if it was leaned back on the base and then rolled forward in to place and it powered on it was fine, no power on doing that and it would not charge. (I got another cradle from the USA which is still new)
Does it charge/work when charged by the wall socket charger and maybe as some have had, the pins in the cradle have corroded under the pin panel.
Maybe it is not the GPS unit.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:26 PM   #6
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I have had my 550 since 2009 (iirc)
It stopped working coming back from Cape York, a dude at a 'battery shop in Cairns used a pencil rubber on the battery terminals and it was going again.
Only trouble since that was the cradle, it would stop working on the road which turned out to be no charge.
If when first fitted to the cradle, if it was leaned back on the base and then rolled forward in to place and it powered on it was fine, no power on doing that and it would not charge. (I got another cradle from the USA which is still new)
Does it charge/work when charged by the wall socket charger and maybe as some have had, the pins in the cradle have corroded under the pin panel.
Maybe it is not the GPS unit.
I have tried 2 different cradles and the wall socket charger. Will send you a pm tonight young gun.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:20 PM   #7
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http://www.palmdr.com/cart/garmin-zu...ice-p-141.html

These folks repair older Garmin units.

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Old 03-25-2015, 08:54 PM   #8
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http://www.palmdr.com/cart/garmin-zu...ice-p-141.html

These folks repair older Garmin units.

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'cept squizzy is downunder in OZ.....
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:49 PM   #9
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Oops,did not notice that.

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Old 04-30-2015, 05:20 PM   #10
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Well, you may wish to send it back to Garmin for repair. Actually, the replace them with rebuild units. I still have a 550 along with a 665 and a Navigator V. All are superb units.

Mike
I have the same problem with my zumo 550. It just died and won't revive, even with a new battery. Garmin says on its website that it no longer offers repair services for this model. So I guess we need to buy a new GPS. The question I have is what models will work with the mount that works with the 550....Anyone know?
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:58 PM   #11
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The question I have is what models will work with the mount that works with the 550....Anyone know?
that would be none......
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:45 AM   #12
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I have the same problem with my zumo 550. It just died and won't revive, even with a new battery. Garmin says on its website that it no longer offers repair services for this model. So I guess we need to buy a new GPS. The question I have is what models will work with the mount that works with the 550....Anyone know?
The answer for you is in JR356's post #7

He recently fixed my Nuvi 550, I highly recommend him.
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