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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Apollo SL-40 faceplate Reply with quote

The clear plastic faceplate on my Apollo SL-40 radio has warped and lifted making it hard to read the display. Garmin won’t send parts and wants $550 for the repair. I plan to cut a piece of plastic to replace the warped piece. Has anyone else had to deal with a similar problem?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:06 pm    Post subject: Apollo SL-40 faceplate Reply with quote

Yup. Had a Garmin radio go bad on the faceplate readout. They wanted 500 bucks to look at it and found out from a radio shop in Montana that there were no parts available for that particular model. He had a faceplate sent it to me and gues what it worked. I forget what the faceplate cost me but much less than just looking at the radio from Garmin. VERY disappointed in that customer service profile. Still waiting on an upgrade on G3X tach software fix. First 2 did not work. Been almost a year, no word and no fix. For the price we pay for Garmin you would think would be better. There are a lot of Cirrus customers out there VERY dissatisfied with their service as well.
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On Apr 26, 2017, at 2:16 PM, Jim Fillman <pilot623(at)gmail.com (pilot623(at)gmail.com)> wrote:
The clear plastic faceplate on my Apollo SL-40 radio has warped and lifted making it hard to read the display. Garmin won’t send parts and wants $550 for the repair. I plan to cut a piece of plastic to replace the warped piece. Has anyone else had to deal with a similar problem?

Jim
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:42 pm    Post subject: Apollo SL-40 faceplate Reply with quote

The instructor I use for biennials has a Diamond DA20 with a couple of Garmin units in it. He has expressed major frustration that they obsolete products and don’t supply parts or support for them. They also won’t provide any information so that a third party could do maintenance on them. It speaks to the need for competition that won’t be gobbled up.
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On Apr 26, 2017, at 4:06 PM, Larry Wheat <lwheat2083(at)gmail.com (lwheat2083(at)gmail.com)> wrote:
Yup. Had a Garmin radio go bad on the faceplate readout. They wanted 500 bucks to look at it and found out from a radio shop in Montana that there were no parts available for that particular model. He had a faceplate sent it to me and gues what it worked. I forget what the faceplate cost me but much less than just looking at the radio from Garmin. VERY disappointed in that customer service profile. Still waiting on an upgrade on G3X tach software fix. First 2 did not work. Been almost a year, no word and no fix. For the price we pay for Garmin you would think would be better. There are a lot of Cirrus customers out there VERY dissatisfied with their service as well.
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On Apr 26, 2017, at 2:16 PM, Jim Fillman <pilot623(at)gmail.com (pilot623(at)gmail.com)> wrote:
The clear plastic faceplate on my Apollo SL-40 radio has warped and lifted making it hard to read the display. Garmin won’t send parts and wants $550 for the repair. I plan to cut a piece of plastic to replace the warped piece. Has anyone else had to deal with a similar problem?

Jim
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:59 am    Post subject: Apollo SL-40 faceplate Reply with quote

Jim,
I haven't done such a replacement.
Some plastic faceplates for LED displays are polarized to make them more readable in sunlight beaming down on them. Simple to verify if it is polarized. When you remove the faceplate that you are going to discard, cut it in half or any portion of it. Place the 2 pieces on top of each other and look through the 2 pieces to see how transparent they are then rotate one of the pieces and observe if the transparency changes (i.e. significantly gets darker), if so the faceplate is polarized.
Even if it is polarized, this may not be a big deal replacing the faceplate with ordinary transparent plastic, you just may loose some contrast from the display in direct sun light.
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Ron

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The clear plastic faceplate on my Apollo SL-40 radio has warped and lifted making it hard to read the display. Garmin won’t send parts and wants $550 for the repair. I plan to cut a piece of plastic to replace the warped piece. Has anyone else had to deal with a similar problem?

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