How to Mount a Garmin GPS Unit on the Windshield of a Car

By Candi Lemon

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Before you install your Garmin GPS in your vehicle, check your state's laws and ordinances regarding suction mounts on windshields. Some states prohibit the use of suction mounts, and others have restrictions as to the positions where you are allowed to place such objects and allow suction mounts to be located only in specific locations on the windshield. Armed with this knowledge, follow the instructions provided in your Garmin manual on how to mount your Garmin GPS on your vehicle's windshield.

Step 1

Snap the cradle into the suction cup arm. Typically the suction cup arm has a ball that fits into the circular opening of the cradle provided with a Garmin GPS.

Step 2

Clean your windshield with glass cleaner and dry it with a lint-free cloth. Remove the plastic covering the suction cup and clean the suction cup with the lint-free cloth.

Step 3

Position the suction cup on the windshield where you decided it's safe to place your Garmin GPS and press firmly. Flip the suction cup lever back toward the windshield. The suction cup and the cradle should now stay mounted on the windshield.

Step 4

Plug the vehicle power cable into the back or side of your Garmin GPS depending on the model.

Step 5

Fit the bottom of the GPS into the bottom holder of the cradle and tilt the GPS back until it snaps into place in the cradle.

Step 6

Plug the other end of the vehicle power cable into your car's power outlet. Your Garmin GPS is now mounted and turns on automatically when you start your vehicle.