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Fairly easy fix - headphone jack on iPod Classic

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iPod Classic

iPod Classic Headphone Jack & Hold Switch Replacement

iPod Classic Headphone Jack & Hold Switch Replacement

45 minuten - 2 uren

Very difficult

Mijn probleem

The jack had just stopped working on my son's iPod. I couldn't bear to junk it, couldn't afford to have it fixed, am just a DIYer at heart. The cost of parts and tools was very reasonable.

Mijn oplossing

The toughest part of this job by far was getting the case open at the very first step. Plastic tools were neither tough enough nor sharp enough. The metal spudger might have helped if its tips were sharper, but they were just too blunt (I ended up not using it at all). I ALMOST got into the case with the flat end of the nylon/plastic spudger but it, too, was just slightly too blunt. I ended up (very carefully; mine was pretty sharp) using the large blade of a Swiss Army knife to get enough of an opening into which I could insert the plastic opening tools.

The putty knife was an absolute MUST. I could not have gotten past the small metal one-way tabs that line the inside edges of the back of the case without it. Once you lever in to the opening you've made with the plastic tools, DON"T get too vertical as you force the flat tip of the putty knife downward into the opening. I did this, not realizing how the metal catch mechanism that holds the back panel of the iPod onto the front is attached (spot welded?) around the inside perimeter of the case's back piece. By pressing down too vertically, I caught this metal retainer in one spot and bent it way out of shape. It took some finesse along with force to put it back into place once I had the case completely open. So, once you're able to get the putty knife into the opening, angle it a few degrees (probably only 5-10 degrees ought to do it) as you press it into the case opening. I was surprised how much force was needed to get the putty knife "all the way in" (actually was only maybe 3/16" or 3-4mm). I did not have any difficulty with the corner where the headphone jack is located, as cautioned in the excellent article.

Mijn advies

I have done a fair amount of small-scale repairs and thought my assortment of Philips screwdrivers would be adequate for the job. But couldn't believe how tiny the retaining screws for the headset jack itself, and the Hold switch are. So if you don't have a size #00, purchase the one offered with the kit. I was lucky enough to have a friend who was a certified Apple Repair outlet for some years, who loaned me this tool.

The nylon spudger was very helpful when manipulating the tiny plastic tabs that hold the ribbon cables in place, and when clicking these back into place during reassembly. Pay close attention to the wording on Step 18 - disconnecting the battery ribbon cable: you only need to lift the hinged plastic retainer clip, not remove the entire plastic connector piece from the circuit board (which was relatively easy for me to do by getting the tip of the spudger down very low into the small opening) - see enlarged photo where the spudger tip is in exactly the right place to lever under this rounded black plastic "clip" to pop it loose.

iPod Classic (Thin) Headphone Jack & Hold Switch afbeelding
iPod Classic (Thin) Headphone Jack & Hold Switch


Spudger afbeelding


1.5" Thin Putty Knife afbeelding
1.5" Thin Putty Knife


Metal Spudger afbeelding
Metal Spudger


iFixit Opening Tool afbeelding
iFixit Opening Tool


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