Sixth iteration of Apple iPhone, announced on September 12, 2012. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Black or White.

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Water damage - dead - clicking sound while charging

Hello,

I have gone snorkeling with my iPhone 5 in the well trusted and tested Buffalo waterproof case I have except that this time I forgot to fasten it :(

By the time I realized, I've swam about 5 minutes. The screen was still on, very little water touched the device as it was covered after all. I noticed some water under the case (few drops squeezed up against the display all smeared) and I removed the phone right away. The screen was already off and the phone started heating up. It stayed like that for 1 hour approximately and then slowly cooled off. I waited two days and then tried charging but to no avail. I then realized if I put my ear very close to the charging connector, I hear a very subtle clicking noise TIK TIK TIK, quite frequent TIK's one another. When I remove the cable, it goes silent.

Apple wants 280 USD (Japanese equivalent of that) to replace the phone and wouldn't say what's wrong with it. I have the toolkit and am ready to take it apart but I'd like to know what I should be looking for? If the logic board is gone, I'll just leave it the way it is. Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Ben

EDIT: The phone was partially fixed thanks to oldturkey's instructions. I've taken it apart, cleaned it with alcohol and put it back together. The top part of the phone was badly damaged and anything that sits there is broken. This means I have no speaker (at top), front facing camera and proximity sensor. The vibrating motor also died. The rest of the phone is good though, I just have a slight problem with the screen which was a result of me cleaning the cables with alcohol while holding the screen on top of the container (full of the liquid). The fumes must have evaporated right into the screen and this caused some damage. I uploaded this image to show what it looks like, this was right after I assembled the phone. It since started to "heal", 2 days after the operation, the screen looks a heck of a lot better but still have some white spots.

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This could be your charging coil....Have you cleaned your board with a high grade isopropyl alcohol yet? Have you replaced the battery?

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I see. I still have it in a rice-bag and will check this over the weekend. If it does not charge on Saturday morning when I try it, I'll take it apart to check inside. I wouldn't want to replace the battery unless I know that's the problem. I'll try to clean the board this weekend. I live in Japan and can't really read anything so the alcohol might be hard to find. Where do you normally buy things like this? How would you describe this spray to a shop keeper? I can speak Japanese but can't read a thing...

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The batteries really, really do not like water. The second thing to do is the replacement of the battery after exposure. The first thing is to clean the logic board properly so as to avoid corrosion. I buy mine through a pharmacy since I prefer the 99% isopropyl alcohol. Not sure where to buy it in Japan. The Japanese spelling is イソプロピルアルコール ;-)

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Thank you, that's really very helpful! I'll check this out and post back. Tomorrow is the day!

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So I have news! This morning I removed the phone from rice after it being there for 10 days and to my surprise, it started up! Well, that is I saw something on the screen, the white background and Apple logo. It wouldnt go further. Once it even displayed some linux-like text running on the top of the screen and it said the kernel wasn't properly shut down etc. I then went into recovery mode and tried restoring but iTunes gives an error while its waiting for the iPhone to reboot after the initial steps are down. 4013 is the error. I now opened the phone and removed the screen / battery. The battery connector is nice and clean but the Screen connectors (1 specially) are corroded. Nothing else seems though. What am I to do? Clean the connectors and then try again? Should I remove more screws to get to more connectors? So far I removed the screen and the battery, exposing 4 connectors in total. Thanks for any help. Also, should I dry the phone in rice like this taken apart?

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Rice should not be used to dry out a water damaged phone. I ran many experiments on this subject and found that the rice does more damage. The rice will extract the moisture however, is does this very slowly and causes the metal components to rust internally. This can create a short circuit on many components and result in further failures of components. The best solution I found was to wipe down the device as best as possible, then use a hair dryer on low heat, or preferably use an oven at low temperature (about 100-150F). You can bake the device for 24 hours at this temperature and the water will evaporate much faster and cause less damage to your electronic components.

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Hi there guys. Thanks for all the replies.

My phone's damages are more serious than what Rice or other methods can remove. It is sitting in Rice for 5 days now, I just tried plugging it into the charger and it went on clicking again. I am sure something is broken.

Anyone knows what the clicking sound might suggest? When I plug it in the charger, it clicks very quietly but if you hold it to your ear you can hear it. So the electricity is getting there but it isn't getting to the battery? Not sure...

I have my kit, just arrived yesterday so I could open the phone but I need to know what to look for...

Thanks,

Ben

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My phone has the same problem. Its on rice right now. Did you find the trouble? Could you fix it?

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Use some online tutorial to disassemble your iphone the clean the logic board with isopropyle alcohol and dry it for some time using some hard dryer at 1 feet distance. Then also check all the connectors to make sure that there is not any liquid content shorting the circuit. Hopefully this may can fix your phone.

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david chase, you are obviously not aware that ifixit has the best manuals available . All you have to do is to look on here iPhone 5 Repair furthermore your answer is identical to others on here and you are not adding anything new as a resolution.

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