Garrett Metal Detectors   United States
Discover What's Hidden Below


Troubleshooting

There are some common issues that many hobbyists experience that are universal to all makes and models of metal detectors. Here are a few proven remedies to some of these common symptoms.

 
SYMPTOM SOLUTION

No power

1. Ensure batteries are installed in the correct position.
2. Replace all old batteries with all new batteries.


Erratic sounds or Target ID
cursor movement

1. Ensure your searchcoil is securely connected and the coil is tightly wound around the stem
2. Ensure you are not using the detector indoors or where excessive amounts of metal are found
3. Reduce your sensitivity setting
4. Determine if you are close to other metal detectors or other metal structures such as electrical power lines, wire fences, benches, etc.

(NOTE: Iron targets may cause erratic sounds or Target ID Cursor movement. You can identify iron targets in an All-Metal Mode)


Intermittent Signals

Intermittent signals typically mean you’ve probably found a deeply buried target or one that is positioned at a difficult angle for your detector to read. Increase the sensitivity on your detector and scan from different directions until the signal becomes more definite. In the case of multiple targets switch to the All-Metal Mode or press PINPOINT to precisely locate all targets.

 

(NOTE: Iron targets may cause Intermittent Signals. You can identify iron targets in an All-Metal Mode).


I'm not finding specific targets Ensure you are using the correct mode for the type of hunting you are doing. If you are hunting for coins, ensure you are in the COINS mode. You may also use the All-Metal mode, which detects all metal targets to ensure desired targets are present.

Target ID Cursor bounces

If your Target ID Cursor bounces erratically, chances are you’ve found a trash target. However, a Target ID Cursor may bounce if a good target (such as a coin) is not parallel to the searchcoil (e.g. on edge). It may also bounce if there is one or multiple "junk" targets laying next to the good target. Scan from different directions until your Target ID Cursor becomes more stable.