Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dirty Gps? 6 Steps to Help it Last

Caring for your GPS unit is essential to ensure that you are able to find your way. The 6 steps below are a quick and easy way to care for any of your GPS units (Auto, Handheld, and Sports units).

1. Turn off the GPS unit and disconnect any wires.

2. Lightly remove as much dirt and debris as possible using a dry rag or brush.

-- To remove dirt/sand stuck between the buttons and the case try inserting a needle or a safety pin just before the particle and gently pry it out. CAUTION: Do not insert the needle or pin too deeply, this could affect the water resistance of the unit.

-- Also remove any dirt or debris from the back side of the unit. Open the battery compartment and wipe out with a dry rag. If the battery compartment of your GPS is visibly dirty you should use a slightly damp cloth to wipe it out. After it is clean let the compartment dry completely before closing it back up (this will prevent corrosion).

3. Now that your GPS is dusted off it is time to clean off the hard to remove stuff. The easiest way to do this is to use a separate rag that is slightly damp with window cleaner or soapy water, then wring it out (excess moisture to ruin your GPS). With the rag gently wipe the screen first, the goal is to avoid scratching the plastic so you can continue to see clearly on your next trip. Once the screen is clean you should wipe down the rest of the unit, taking care to remove any dirt from cracks and crevices.

4. Before your unit dries you need to take another damp rag(water only) and wipe away any soap or cleaning residue.

5. Once clean, dry your GPS with a soft rag and allow to air dry for at least 12 hours (preferably 24 hours) before turn the unit back on. Doing so will ensure that any moisture that might have seeped its way inside dries up.

6. Ensure you put the batteries back in the battery compartment and hook up anything else you need your GPS.

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