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Rob Gendreau
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I got a used AMB 260DP transponder and I think it's dead. No green light shows on the unit when attached to a 12v power supply. And I tried waving it over a couple of compasses (iPhone and plain old needle) and got nothing; I assume it would register at least a faint pull on them.

There's no way to open the thing up, and I checked for repair services online but only battery replacement for those types of units seems to be available.

I'm new to this, but for a $400 gizmo that everyone has to have this is pretty lame.

Am I correct it's dead? Any suggestions about repair?

Rob

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The life cycle on transponders is abut 5 years if it is treated and charged correctly. I would say yours is dead. Consider it the cost of racing, like new tires and these last longer. When you get a new one you can opt to buy a warranty on it.

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It's a direct-wired version, so there's nothing to charge. But if even that has a 5-year life cycle, then I'd definitely go the rental route. At $25 per, that's 6 events a year and it's guaranteed to work. I'll have to check into that, thanks.

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In 10 years of using transponders I have seen 2 hardwired units go bad. Check for power close to the transponder to eliminate a broken wire. Then contact AMB directly, I think they are in Georgia??? They have been very helpfull to me whenever I have had a transponder issue

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Originally posted by davew:
In 10 years of using transponders I have seen 2 hardwired units go bad. Check for power close to the transponder to eliminate a broken wire. Then contact AMB directly, I think they are in Georgia??? They have been very helpfull to me whenever I have had a transponder issue

Dave

I had one die for no obvious reason. Sent it into AMB for service. They said that since it was out of warranty, all I could do was buy a new one - you could've told me that when you asked me to mail it to you......

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