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Haven't been on my bike in about 4 days went out this morning for a ride cranked her up to leave looked down to my gps to see if it was ready to navigate and I could not read the screen.It looked like someone had took the screen off and wadded it up in their hand ,then tried to put it back on.Well I went for the ride and the gps was working fine you just can't see the screen to well.I emailed Garmin and they told me to send it in and they would fix it under warranty.I just wonder what caused this.I had noticed some moisture under the screen months ago,but it would burn off kind of like your wrist watch does if it gets a little damp.I thought these units were water proof but I guess not.One good thing it happened all at once and before the warranty was up.Has anyone else seen this trace amount of moisture on their screen or had it to wrinkle up?John
 

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Ditto

Same thing happened. I saw a little bubble on the screen and the next day it was wrinkled. Within 2 days the entire screen coating flaked off. Called Garmin and they said the same thing, send it in.

It's on the way back.
 

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jfrazsr said:
I had noticed some moisture under the screen months ago,but it would burn off kind of like your wrist watch does if it gets a little damp.I thought these units were water proof but I guess not.One good thing it happened all at once and before the warranty was up.Has anyone else seen this trace amount of moisture on their screen or had it to wrinkle up?John
I have noticed from time to time some moisture in the center and under the screen, always in the same spot. It always clears up while riding. When I first saw it I was riding for a week in the rain and I fiqured it was because of that, but I have also seen it come back when it hasn't gotten wet, like on a cloudy day when it looks like it's going to rain. The spot has always went away when the sun shines on the screen for a while. I always use the Garmin screen cover on the 2610 when the bike is parked and I have even started to take the 2610 in the house instead of leaving it on the bike in the garage but it has made no difference. My 2610 works just fine and the screen coating looks fine, it's just annoying me that this unit is supposed to be waterproof and I'm getting this moisture spot under the screen. I wonder how the moisture is getting inside the unit.
 

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I've had that happen twice. The second time they replaced the entire unit, although the warranty had long expired.

As with all new technology, time has a way of showing us the bugs.

I was quite pleased with Garmin's response to the problems.
 

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I have still been having moisture under the screen with my 2610. The moisture under the screen will come and go when the unit gets warm, so the moisture has got to be trapped inside the unit. BTW, my friend is having the same problem with his 2730.

I then thought of opening the compartment door where the CF card goes in the unit and riding around with the power on to heat the unit up to see if the moisture would get out of the unit through the CF compartment opening. I also let it sit in the sun with the power on and with the CF compartment door open. The moisture has seemed to have vented out of my unit now and the screen looks great now.

I just thought I would mention that so if anyone else is having the same problem.
 

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I had the same problem on my 376c on the way to Alaska. We were riding in the rain. The first day I didn't cover it up, so it got pretty wet. After that I kept it covered but even so it got so bad I couldn't see the screen at all. Finally, in desparation I took it apart. There was actually a little free water in the bottom of the unit and some very fine dust.

Cleaned and dried it (twice), left it open and sitting on the hotel window sill in the sun for a couple hours, when I reassembled it was good as new. Rode the rest of the trip with a baggy over the top (even though it is supposed to be water proof) and never had another problem.

When I got back I called Garmin and they had me send it back. I even told them that I had to open it up on the trip. They sent me another one in a new box, wrapped as new but very close inspection showed it was a refurbished. No problem with the refurbishment since works great (except for a discoloration on the screen that I had to remove, same as my original 376C) but that's in a different post. http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=63237
 

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I'm glad to see that Lowrance isn't the only manufacturer with moisture/display issues. Garmin has, except for rare reports, been very good to fix these problems.
 
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