How to Disassemble a Garmin Nuvi 200 GPS

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How to Disassemble a Garmin Nuvi 200 GPS
The circuit board in your GPS can be permanently damaged if your unit is exposed to excessive levels of heat. (circuit board image by mite from Fotolia.com)

You may find it necessary to disassemble your Garmin Nuvi 200 GPS unit for several reasons. You may need to replace your LCD screen, or you may need to change your battery. Or, if you're a little more adventurous, you may even decide to try and swap out the circuit board. No matter what your reason is for wanting to take apart your GPS unit, you can accomplish this disassembly by following a few steps.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat-headed screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the Garmin label located on the back of your device to expose the screws.

  2. 2

    Remove the two screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Pry the case apart with the flat-headed screwdriver. Work your way around the unit with the screwdriver until the power button cover comes off.

  4. 4

    Remove the three screws securing the circuit board with the Phillips screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Lift up the circuit board to reveal the battery.

  6. 6

    Disconnect the battery by pulling the battery's wire and connector from the socket.

  7. 7

    Pry the battery out of the unit using the flat-headed screwdriver. The battery is held down with an adhesive so you may have to use a little force to get it loose.

  8. 8

    Place the new battery into the battery compartment and reconnect the wire and connector into the socket.

  9. 9

    Replace the circuit board and secure by screwing the three screws back in with the Phillips screwdriver.

  10. 10

    Put the power button cover back on.

  11. 11

    Snap the device shut.

  12. 12

    Screw the two screws back in with the Phillips screwdriver.

  13. 13

    Place the label back in its original position.

  14. 14

    Charge the Nuvi for at least four hours before operating it.

Tips and warnings

  • Check to see if your GPS is under warranty before doing repairs yourself. Opening the GPS yourself can void the manufacturer's warranty.
  • There is a battery recall out for the Garmin 200. The battery is known for overheating and can cause damage to your device.

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