I got tired of this. I decided to fix this by using a spring clamp to mount the GPS to a handy dash board vent. This won't work for everyone as you may not have a vent in a good location. This ible is also one of those rare cases where I didn't have to use tools (aside from a knob on the GPS mount). Everything worked out to be the right size and in the right place. So while you may not have a Magellan Roadmate 2000 and a 2005 Ford Taurus, this ible may serve as an inspiration for solving your own GPS mounting conundrum.
Just a note of caution. If you do buy a Magellan product be aware their customer service is abyssmal and their staff are inept.
Step 1: Materials & Tools
- 1 Magellan suction mount that has gone wonky
- 1 Small spring clamp
- 1 Non-metallic washer (Mine is nylon I think)
I didn't use any tools aside from a knob on the GPS which served as a wrench. But here are a few tools you may find helpful if the project gods did not smiles on you as they did on me:
- A drill
- A Dremel
- A wrench or sockets
Step 2: Disassmble the Mount
Step 3: Assembly of Clamp Mount
1) Thread the bolt into the hole in the lower handle of the spring clamp. (If your spring clamp doesn't have a hole, you'll need to drill one. I suggest a tight fit. Also the lower handle was chosen as mounting the GPS to the upper handle would have left it pointing at the ceiling.) I got the bolt started and then spun the clamp around until the bolt was in as far as it could go.
2) Position the non-metallic washer in between the two prongs on the back of the mount.
3) Pass the bolt through the holes in the prongs and the non-metallic washer.
4) Thread the nut onto the bolt until finger-tight. Then tighten down the nut with the knob or a wrench until it is frimly in place.