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thomasd
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      08-01-2008, 12:01 PM
is there some secret to keeping the suction cup on the windshield ?
mine keeps comming off
any suggestions would be appreciated


 
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Jack Erbes
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      08-01-2008, 01:22 PM
thomasd wrote:
> is there some secret to keeping the suction cup on the windshield ?
> mine keeps comming off
> any suggestions would be appreciated


Get some glycerin from the local drug store and clean the suction cup
with it, leaving a light coating as a preservative and to improve
retention by minimizing air leaks. It will also help to slow the
deterioration of the rubber from the sun's UV light.

Jack

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Don Simard
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      08-02-2008, 01:07 AM
"thomasd" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> is there some secret to keeping the suction cup on the windshield ?
> mine keeps comming off
> any suggestions would be appreciated



buy a beanbag instead. my suction cup melted to the window before I did that


 
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      08-02-2008, 02:13 AM
On Fri, 1 Aug 2008 21:07:18 -0400, "Don Simard" <(E-Mail Removed)>
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>"thomasd" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>news:rWCkk.1947$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> is there some secret to keeping the suction cup on the windshield ?
>> mine keeps comming off
>> any suggestions would be appreciated

>
>
>buy a beanbag instead. my suction cup melted to the window before I did that
>


You want to buy my suction cup. I used it until my beanbag arrived,
it's up on the shelf now.

Jack
 
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Paul
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      08-02-2008, 02:32 PM
On 1 Aug, 08:01, "thomasd" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> is there some secret to keeping the suction cup on the windshield ?
> mine keeps comming off
> any suggestions would be appreciated


I would have probably bought the beanbag if I knew about it at the
time. I contacted Garmin when my suction cup spring and rubber
material deteriorated and they sent me a complete replacement to
include the adapter which I keep for business trips. My solution was
to buy a kit from proclipusa.comn which works well.

Paul
 
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DougSlug
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      08-02-2008, 05:13 PM
Very simple.

- Clean the glass area thoroughly with Windex (or similar grease-cutting
cleaner), and clean the suction cup surface with dish detergent.

- Make sure everything is dry (preferebly dry with a microfiber cloth)
before re-applying.

- It's important to remove anything greasy, like oil from your skin or the
solvents that outgas from the plastics inside your car and lightly fog the
inside of the glass over time.

- If you apply and remove the suction cup often, you will have to clean
this way periodically.

- Avoid touching either the glass or the suction cup.

- Also, make sure there is nothing on the glass (like that black sunscreen
material some cars have at the top of the windshield or stickers/labels,
etc.), or that the glass area where you are applying the suction cup is not
irregularly shaped in any way (such as a smaller radius curvature).

- I have found that it is not necessary to apply anything to the cup (as
others have suggested), but that might increase the longevity of the suction
even more if you use the right kind of stuff.

- Doug


"thomasd" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> is there some secret to keeping the suction cup on the windshield ?
> mine keeps comming off
> any suggestions would be appreciated
>
>


 
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DougSlug
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      08-02-2008, 05:15 PM
I have one of these beanbags, too. I like it a lot for use in my Prius, but
it doesn't necessarily work in every situation--it depends on the dash area
you have available at an appropriate location for good visibility.

- Doug


"Don Simard" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> "thomasd" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:rWCkk.1947$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> is there some secret to keeping the suction cup on the windshield ?
>> mine keeps comming off
>> any suggestions would be appreciated

>
>
> buy a beanbag instead. my suction cup melted to the window before I did
> that
>
>


 
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John J. Bengii
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      08-02-2008, 06:06 PM
Oils and grease will assist the vaccum seal. Dirt and granular materials
will degrade suction. This is all dependant on having rubber with some
spring left in it. A new unit will be required every few years, then you
will purchase another one, like a digital watch with a dead battery.

"DougSlug" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:489495bc$0$5015$(E-Mail Removed)...
> Very simple.
>
> - Clean the glass area thoroughly with Windex (or similar grease-cutting
> cleaner), and clean the suction cup surface with dish detergent.
>
> - Make sure everything is dry (preferebly dry with a microfiber cloth)
> before re-applying.
>
> - It's important to remove anything greasy, like oil from your skin or the
> solvents that outgas from the plastics inside your car and lightly fog the
> inside of the glass over time.
>
> - If you apply and remove the suction cup often, you will have to clean
> this way periodically.
>
> - Avoid touching either the glass or the suction cup.
>
> - Also, make sure there is nothing on the glass (like that black sunscreen
> material some cars have at the top of the windshield or stickers/labels,
> etc.), or that the glass area where you are applying the suction cup is
> not irregularly shaped in any way (such as a smaller radius curvature).
>
> - I have found that it is not necessary to apply anything to the cup (as
> others have suggested), but that might increase the longevity of the
> suction even more if you use the right kind of stuff.
>
> - Doug
>
>
> "thomasd" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:rWCkk.1947$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> is there some secret to keeping the suction cup on the windshield ?
>> mine keeps comming off
>> any suggestions would be appreciated
>>
>>

>



 
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Howard
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      08-03-2008, 11:01 AM
On Sat, 2 Aug 2008 07:32:38 -0700 (PDT), Paul
<(E-Mail Removed)> wrotG:

>On 1 Aug, 08:01, "thomasd" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>> is there some secret to keeping the suction cup on the windshield ?
>> mine keeps comming off
>> any suggestions would be appreciated

>


I found the following posted a while back and I saved the posting.
This suggestion really works.

>>>>> > While detailing my Vette, I put just a dab of
>>>>> >detailing spray - or wax enhancer -
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks for the tip.
>>>>>
>>>>> Not familiar with this...can you provide a brand name and is it called
>>>>> by those names?
>>>>
>>>>There are a lot of brands out there. Usually found in the automotive
>>>>wax section of auto parts stores, Wal-Mart, etc. I just looked in the
>>>>garage and I have Meguiars NXT Generation Speed Detailer and also
>>>>Eagle One Wipe and Shine Quick Detailing Spray. I've used others to
>>>>brighten up the finish on the car between waxes. All about the same.

 
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DougSlug
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      08-03-2008, 12:42 PM
Certainly you are correct about gritty materials and the condition of the
rubber, but my experience has always been that a greasy surface allows the
cup material to slide relative to the fixed surface, which allows the cup to
draw inward resulting in a prematurely broken vacuum seal. Having a
relatively "sticky" surface, that is, the surface of clean glass, prevents
the cup from drawing inwards keeping the seal intact.

- Doug


"John J. Bengii" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed).. .
> Oils and grease will assist the vaccum seal. Dirt and granular materials
> will degrade suction. This is all dependant on having rubber with some
> spring left in it. A new unit will be required every few years, then you
> will purchase another one, like a digital watch with a dead battery.
>
> "DougSlug" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:489495bc$0$5015$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> Very simple.
>>
>> - Clean the glass area thoroughly with Windex (or similar grease-cutting
>> cleaner), and clean the suction cup surface with dish detergent.
>>
>> - Make sure everything is dry (preferebly dry with a microfiber cloth)
>> before re-applying.
>>
>> - It's important to remove anything greasy, like oil from your skin or
>> the solvents that outgas from the plastics inside your car and lightly
>> fog the inside of the glass over time.


 
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