How to Crack a Garmin

Written by eric cedric
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Garmin GPS units are made for a variety of purposes. The company offers GPS units for truckers, auto drivers, backcountry hikers, aviation and nautical purposes. These GPS units are powered by batteries, AC outlets or through a vehicles cigarette lighter or battery. If you have a need to get to the inside of the Garmin GPS unit you need to "crack" the shell and casing. Use caution when doing so; check your Garmin warranty as cracking into the GPS case may nullify the warranty.

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Things you need

  • Small optical sized Phillips screwdriver
  • Small optical sized flathead screwdriver
  • White paper
  • Flat work surface

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  1. 1

    Spread white paper over a flat work surface. Use the white paper as contrast to make finding any dropped screws easier.

  2. 2

    Unscrew any retaining screws on the back of the unit -- these are typically Phillips head screws. Unscrew over the white paper. Place the screws in a safe location once removed.

  3. 3

    Slip the flat end of the flathead screwdriver -- use one of the smaller optic style screwdrivers -- into the crack along the edge of the casing. Gently pry until the casing pops open. The GPS units have a rubber gasket to make the unit water resistant. Take care not to rip the rubber as you insert and pry.

  4. 4

    Pull the two casing pieces apart to expose the inner workings of the now cracked Garmin GPS unit.

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