Cont.—-I would love to make my own pictorial about it because I had to push on it in such a way that I could still use my headlamp to see what I was doing and control where the nail set was pushing and not let it slip out of place. Before I started pushing I also used 1 of my blue plastic triangles to wedge some coconut oil down both the battery side and screen side. I really do think that helped a lot and may have even been a key factor so if anybody has a more appropriate lubricant for this type of electronics, I am open for suggestions. I wouldnt want to do it again but it was very beneficial to learning about how much force it can take and discovering some other tools that worked better in that situation. Also taking apart an ipod that didnt have a battery issue was so easy, I feel like a master now, lol.
It is possible to remove a swollen battery although I think the correct term is definitely birth a swollen battery, as I just did 1 successfully and 1 unsuccessfully to the rest of the ipod, but still removed! If the battery is swollen, in most cases the screen may already be cracked or will get that way in order to get it out. Very poor design to retrieve Li-ion batteries for recycling. The battery that I was successful in getting out without damage was actually much more swollen than the other one but I learned from the 1st 1. I used a carpentry nail set so I did not put the tip inside the hole but on that piece of metal, which is quite strong. I put a piece of paper over the headphone connection to add some protection in case my nail set slid off while pushing. It took at least an hour or more, probably more but I had to take lots of breaks. Most of the time seemingly not budging it at all. My hand hurts now where I was gripping the ipod.
Grrr, because they must want to motivate women, moms, people on the autism spectrum and environmentalists to learn how to teach themselves microsoldering, electronic and appliance repair, and get involved in activism to create laws to prevent them from making all of us go into a self inflicted death spiral of empty materialism. I have had enough! Also, because they must really not care about how difficult it is to mine rare earth metals and like the challenge of who can destroy the planet 1st. That is why I think they make them hard to remove, even if they don't know it yet.
I used electrical or beading tweezers that were in my kit to remove headphone jack, seemed to work well also.
Also used #000 on all screws around bevels based on comments with success, thanks peeps!
For my model, 1637287 it was actually designed to slide out like a battery cover on a cell phone. The only place that might have reqired a little prying was on the white part of the case near the card reader/reset hole. There is a little plastic edge underneath, I pried that up then was able to wedge a spludger between the brown and white case line and slide up. Once I created a little space, I could push down and slide the white part up and off. To remove the brown case, there were 2 black screws revealed underneath that were holding it in place. Removed those, then I was able to do the same thing, push down and slide UP towards the top of tablet, the same direction as that the white case came off. Doing it the other way may brake some tabs, not sure how many models there were but this was the correct way to do it for mine. You wouldnt be able to fully pry off the brown part anyway because of how it is held in with 2 screws on mine.
A plastic card (I used an old AAA a card) worked better since it is more flexible. On my model 1637287 the battery was just held in place 2 pieces of short (about 3/4 in.) 3M like adhesive on either side. Not sure if it was age or the wide card I used but it was not too bad at all to get it to release, not like a Kindle battery or anything.
I used an Avid Power heat gun at setting 3 heat and 2 fan and did not melt it. I pointed it at the metal case not the plastic thanks to tip above and kept my hand wrapped around it so I could tell how hot it was getting. If it was too hot to keep my hand there then I deemed it would be too hot for the plastic. That seemed to do the trick and loosen the adhesive just a little bit to help with extraction. Thanks gordon.
What is that black tape holding the antenna called? It is metallic on the other side. I dont think mine will re-stick is there something else I can use or do I need to find the same stuff? For this Kindle, reversing your steps doesnt quite work if you dont know what tapes and adhesives to get to close it up. I found the yellow tape is called a heat transfer tape but I still have no idea what double sided adhesive to get to mount the screen/digitizer assembly and bezel back on. Dont think Ill be putting any back on the battery and dont think I want it to be as difficult as the original, any suggestions please? Im stuck at this step and am having trouble finding the answer anywhere!
So if I am just replacing the screen/digitizer do I need to remove the battery and mother board? How is the digitizer connected? Hope you see this & can answer. Thanks