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How to repair Sync/Charging port?

I have an iPod Classic (160gb) and have had an issue with the charging port lately. I have it continuously plugged into my Kenwood radio in my car via an official Kenwood cable.

Occasionally the iPod would lose it's connection, and if I jiggled the cord, it would reconnect.

Now, it won't connect in my car at all. I tried 2 other cables with the same result.

I brought the iPod in the house to play with it, and it won't charge or anything via the port. I cleaned the connector with alcohol, and I blew it out with compressed air. No change. What happened?

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Upon closer inspection, there are a few bent pins. I tried a toothpick,. It can't get them to sit back down flat.


VinylAddict, Straighten the pins out the best you can, use something a little stiffer if need be(non metallic), plug in charger and let sit over night to see if pins will lay flat when removed from charger. No better in morning may have to remove and replace port.


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VinylAddict, The charge port/dock connector may be faulty damaged. Look in the charge port for any bent pins and straighten very carefully with a tooth pick. If port is found to be bad/loose/damaged , this is really not a repair for the inexperienced because the charge port for your device is soldered to the mother board and the heat generated could cause further damage if not very careful. I will post a link to a tear down guide to get you inside the iPod to check the charge port and will also post a video link showing what is involved in repairing charge port attached to the board. The last link is possibly to a new charge port, which you can also do a search for better pricing perhaps if needed. If not wanting to do the repair yourself have a good computer/cell phone repair shop have a look and estimate repair. Good luck.

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