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So i had one of the 30gb 5th gen ipod videos which seems to have notoriously annoying flaw with the headphone jack. One day, for no apparent reason, the ipod decided to go mono, that is to say, i could only get audio out of one ear. So of course i do the necessary troubleshooting and swap out different headphones, even tried the voodoo trick like adding tape to the inside of the jack with the idea to hold the connection more steadily or wrapping the headphone connector in place with a rubber band. Suffice it to say, no dice. I then remembered that i have used iFix for guides and nerdvana for teardowns so i decided to look for both the guides and the parts, and of course, they had em.
The process went fairly smoothly. The only thing was that in my opinion, or error (which could totally be the case), was the the plastic opening tool was fragile and actually snapped and called it quits. This is not to say that the tools were faulty, far from it. They did get it propped open enough to then get a flathead in the gaps to pry it open the rest of the way, it could have also been user error....most likely, however, take it for what it is. The guides and replacement part were beyond fantastic. I am a former apple employee who worked the genius bar for a short time and to be honest, we used these guides more often then the ones provided by apple. Why? Because the images and clarity of labeled steps and parts are top notch. They really get it. Apple understands UI and products, iFixit understands guides. iFixit is the Apple of guides. Amazing job guys. Life saver. The replacement jack is alive and kicking as well. Couldn't ask for more. Oh, and the price for parts? Unbeatable for what you get. $24 for a replacement part and guides vs a $250 iPod or used iPod on craigslist. Or even yet, another part from somewhere else with no guides. These guys are the real deal. Props to these guys. Look nowhere else.
When tearing apart the iPod, when trying to get the back plate detached from the white front, wiggle the plastic tool or flathead up and down, not side to side and out. That was my mistake but quickly learned the ways.