Although most Garmin GPS units come equipped with a conventional suction cup-style windshield mount, you may opt for a friction dash mount. Some cities restrict the use of windshield mounts to certain locations on the glass, which may not work well for you. Garmin friction mounts fold flat, letting you hide the GPS unit in certain high-risk areas while providing a secure environment for your navigation device. A friction dash mount makes moving the navigation device from car to car faster and easier, useful when renting or in a multi-car household. Additionally, Garmin friction mounts mold to your dash, allowing stable performance and low vibration in nearly any car.
Find a location on your dashboard that facilitates easy quick viewing of your Garmin device without causing undue obstruction of your view. Make sure to check that your charging cable can safely reach this location without interfering with your steering wheel, shifter or pedals. Possible locations include directly above the radio cluster or to the left of your gauges, depending on your vehicle's internal layout.
Clean the dashboard surface thoroughly using an alcohol wipe. Remove as much residue from protectant sprays and other contaminants as possible.
Set the mount on the dashboard. Press the mount's pliable base to conform as much as possible to the contours of your dash. Your Garmin unit will encounter less vibration the better the mount molds to the surface.
Click the Garmin GPS unit's socket onto the ball on the mount. Grasp the unit and aim it in a comfortable direction to facilitate at-a-glance operation. Lock the unit in position with the rotating lock nut.
Items you will need
- Garmin friction dash mount
- Isopropyl alcohol cleaning pad
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