Extra note on assembly - as mentioned above, this is a great spot to stop and connect to charger without powering on. you should get a solid orange light and charging icon / percentage on the screen. make it quick with the connect and disconnect
I need about 2.5 hours to complete the repair but did not find it particularly difficult. It was a lot of slow movements and double checking everything that caused the most pain. The really only nervous moments are getting the unit and shell separated, removing motherboard, removing battery. All with simple steps but be gentle above all else.
Disassembly - this will be your most nerve racking moments of the guide. i did not use a heating element and was still able to get the battery out using spudgers, picks, razor, whatever it takes to wedge under it slowly. I found 1 spot of adhesive on the bottom center, top right, and the entire left side. I was very unlucky with so much tape on the ZIFs that my top left connectors could not fold back and the battery cover was peeling off. I worked from top middle, along right, then bottom, then up the left side until it was loose enough to pivot out from beneath the ZIFs.
Assembly - the old battery took most of the adhesive with it so placement was fairly simple. Make sure to take care of the battery cable on your way back through assembly.
Disassembly - did NOT use a heating element. GET THE ZIF WIRES OUT OF THE WAY at this point. I started at the top middle with a pick and spudger then worked my around the right of the motherboard. gently lifted it out from right to left using spudger as needed to remove from battery.
Assembly - placement is critical here between all the wires. I started by putting the motherboard bottom in place then laying it down watching each wire was positioned correctly as I went.
Disassembly - Before the screws, mine had 2 wires connected (black and white) connected to motherboard at the top left. remove those first and make note of which ones goes where. then take out the screws. thankfully these are longer than the previous t5 screws, so you won’t mix them up. I also had tape covering part of the LEDs and extending onto the black microchip to the top left.
Assembly - put the screws then the wires.
Disassembly - I was one of the lucky ones to have pretty much this ENTIRE SPACE covered in tape. I peeled off the middle pieces completely using spudger and tweezers. for the ones over the ZIF’s….i peeled enough off to get them free then I used tweezers to lift the excess tape and my straight edge razor to cut the excess. be careful especially around the volume cables if tape is on them. At this point, disconnect the black cable on the right at the bottom and fold it away, then tackle the disconnects. the top left disconnect will be your worst enemy b/c the cable is folded under the mother board. be gentle.
Assembly - use tweezers and spudger to get the connectors back in…double check all of them. I did the top left one first as i knew it would frustrate me the most. the rest went quick and easy.
Disassembly - pretty easy, don’t strip the screws and use spudger. The pictures do not show that you might have a small rubber gasket on the screw closest to the charge port…KEEP IT. I also had a white wire that attached just above the charge connector.
Assembly - as Jason said…the most frustrating part of assembly was getting that dang connector aligned into place. Put the white wire and gasket back in place before attempting. I gently used my fingernail until I felt it on the connector then had to give it a GOOD amount of force to pop in. then add the screws.
Disassembly: did not use any heating elements. used my straight edge razor near the top left side opposite the volume rocker (it should go in pretty far and worked until i heard the first clip pop. worked around the top and down the right side. as others mentioned, you’re getting the top loose then rocking out the unit to not screw up the charge port. DO NOT LOSE THE POWER BUTTON.
Assembly: hold the shell with charge port up and place the power button (this keeps it from falling out while assembling). put charge port in first then slowly work your way around the side little by little. I started hearing the clips pop into place maybe as I working around the perimeter on the 3rd try. after that, give it some good force as the unit should almost be flush with the shell.
Do yourself a favor and get a proper set of small screwdrivers including smaller Torx bits T5-T10 (especially with magnetism)…you’ll thank me later. Getting the cheap kits from Amazon or included in the order will likely not work or strip easy.
Disassembly: be easy with the screws and don’t strip them. organize your workspace. i put the top screws next to my top speaker grill on the left of my workspace (and worked left to right…so that assembly was right to left) and bottom torx next to my bottom speaker grill.
Assembly: be easy with the screws and don’t strip them. you will definitely feel the stopping point and don’t add extra torque.
Be careful on these steps to not bend the grill while removing.