Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement
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Replace the Top Cover on your Nikon D70.
- Author: Andrew Bookholt
- Difficulty: Very difficult
Removing the top cover requires a fine-tipped soldering iron and knowledge of surface mount soldering.
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- Battery 2 steps
- Bottom Cover 2 steps
- Rear Cover Assembly 5 steps
- Front Cover 7 steps
- Grip 3 steps
- Top Cover 12 steps
Pull the rear cover off the body of the D70, minding the LCD board ribbon cable that may get caught.
At this point, the capacitor is visible and its exposed contacts are boxed in red in the second picture. Even though they are recessed, be careful not to touch the contacts to avoid shocking yourself.
Carefully de-solder the black, grey, white, and orange leads (boxed in red) from the side of the circuit board near the AF lamp.
Lightly heat the joint of each lead with a soldering iron as you apply slight tension to the wire with a pair of tweezers.
Do not excessively heat the board. Also, be sure not to accidentally melt the plastic case with the side of the soldering iron.
Repeat the process until all four leads are de-soldered.
In this step, you will de-solder the four wires pictured. Mark the wires with a sharpie or a paint marker to keep track of their locations, as each pair of leads is nearly identical.
De-solder the four wires boxed in red using the same procedure on the preceding step.
Do not apply too much heat to the joints as you de-solder, as the ribbon cable they are soldered to is extremely delicate and melts easily.
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