Water damaged iPod touch, is it fixable?
A few months ago my ipod touch was in a bag with contact lens solution which leaked onto it until I found it in the morning. I immediately turned it off and put it in a bowl of rice for a week after reading some advice online (this may or may not have been a good idea).
After this, I turned the ipod on and it seemed to take a long time compared to usual. Once loaded, the screen displays the 'slide to unlock' image on the screen but doesn't respond to touch. The middle button causes the iPod to react and light up and a double press will bring up the music option (but you can't press anything).
I can press the hold and lock key together and take a screenshot and I can also access these screenshots using windows but no other files can be seen.
I was able to restore the iPod and iTunes recognises it when it is plugged in.
My question is fundamentally, is this going to be able to be fixed? If so, how would I go about it and how easy/difficult would this be as a complete novice to electronics? Could I get Apple or another company to repair this and if so, how much would it cost?
Thanks alot in advance for any replies, if there is any information I have missed out then I would be happy to give it in a reply.
Yes it is fixable. Easy fix? Nope. Anyhow I suggest that you disassemble it following the guide on here. Remove the Battery and clean the logic board with a high grade isopropyl alcohol (I prefer something in the 90+%range). Check all your connectors and cable ends for corrosion and debris i.e.residue. You can use a toothbrush to clean your logic board and either let it air dry or use a hair dryer on the lowest coldest setting. My personal preference is to replace the battery after any water damage and since it is already apart, makes the job easier. After you cleaned all the parts and replaced the battery, reassemble the iPod and see if you continue to have any errors. Do not forget to restore the iPod once more, just in case. I may have forgotten a step or two bu essentially that is what I'd do. Hope this helps to make your decision. I am not sure what Apple would charge for the repair, sorry. Good Luck to you and let us know what happened.
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