Replacing the Nikon D5100 SD Memory Card Door

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Replace the SD Memory Card Door in your Nikon D5100.

  • Author: Joshua L
  • Time required: 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

This guide shows to how replace a broken memory card door on the Nikon D5100. I ASSUME the procedure is the same for the D5000, D5200, D3000, D3100, and D3200. Your results may vary.

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Edit Step 1 SD Memory Card Door Replacement  ¶ 

  • FIRST: open the memory card door and take a good long look at how the spring is installed. There are two "feet" coming off of the spring that need to be installed into two "insets" on the rear camera cover, this has to be done before you put the cover back on.

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  • Remove the battery and memory card before you begin. Remove 3 long screws behind the eye-piece (note that the one on the top-left is slightly longer than the rest and uses a different thread). Then remove the plastic cover over the diopter (a pick tool is helpful here) and remove the silver screw behind it. (4 screws total)

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  • Peel the rubber thumb-grip back slightly, there's a short screw there closest to the left side of the thumb-grip. This one seems to be slightly thicker than the ones in the next step, keep it separate.

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  • Remove 3 short screws from the bottom of the rear cover.

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  • Remove 2 long screws from the left side of the camera.

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  • Peel back the rubber grip on the right side of the camera, closest to the top and bottom behind the rubber grip there is a silver screw (2 total).

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  • Once you remove those screws (12 altogether) you can pull the back cover off the camera, it is still attached to the camera body via two cables so be careful not to damage them. You will then see that the memory card door slides right out between the rear cover and the camera body.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Install the new door making certain to put the spring back the way it was, with the two feet installed into the insets. Put the rear cover back on and test the memory card door to make sure it's working, then install all of the screws back where they went. Reapply adhesive to the rubber grips and diopter cover if desired.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Nikon D5100 device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Thanks a lot! I used this guide to repair not the SD card door but the scroll wheel. After taking photos under very light rain it was not responding (in fact it turned briefly to the next value but returned, so I couldn't use it to change aperture, shutter speed, etc. via the scroll wheel). I opened the rear cover and sprayed a little contact cleaner and compressed air right into the scroll wheel and after that the problem was solved. Thanks again!

guillemore, · Reply

Thank You for taking the time to post this. I just completed the door replacement on my D3100. I found your photos and Your explaination spot on! It made life so much easier.



Joe, · Reply

Thank you so much for posting this!! I was gutted when I snapped my SD card door and it wasn't covered by warranty. Sent an online estimate to a "camera repair" company and got quoted £48 plus postage to fix (£20 for a new door). Rang Nikon spares who sent me a new door for £2.95!!( £2 postage). But fiddley taking all the screws out but between hubby and I , we did it! Saved a fortune, took 15 minutes - camera works perfectly! Thanks again.

Mrs M, · Reply

2 points:

1. it isn't clear that the dioptre cover is INSIDE the button - you do not need to remove the whole button.

2. got as far as last two screws which were smaller and softer - and ended up threading one! so be careful!

Thanks - v helpful

Chris, · Reply

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