Renovating a battered iPod Video
I've had my iPod video since 2005, and it's seen better days. I carry it with me a lot, but never managed to find a carrying case that I liked enough to buy. As a result, the front panel and click wheel have become pretty scratched over the years. After buying a new battery and screen to replace its worn-out innards, I thought I might as well improve things cosmetically at the same time.
As always with an iPod repair, I found the hardest part to be getting the case open. It's easy enough with iFixit's opening tools, but it does take a little bit of patience.
Once the case was open, it was easy to follow the excellent guide to see how to remove the old click wheel. Having done that, it was a simple matter to reverse the steps to fit the new click wheel and put the new front panel back on during re-assmebly.
My iPod now looks good as new, apart from a VERY slight gap between the click wheel and front panel. It seems that the spares don't fit together quite as flush as the original parts.
The repair was easy, economical and definitely worth doing - but I could have saved myself the bother by simply investing in a case when I bought my iPod!