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Replacing the click wheel

I'm following your guide for replacing the click wheel on the iPod Nano 5th generation. I managed to pop the plastic click wheel off but there is what it looks like a metal shield under the plastic.

Can this be pried out, too? It doesn't look like you can disconnect the cable without removing this metal disc underneath.


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It sounds like you are correct. I think you removed the click wheel without its frame. Do you just have the plastic? The frame should snap in and out of the outer housing along with the click wheel. If you don't have a metal backing ring on the rear of the click wheel carefully snap it out with a spudger, unplug the tiny ribbon cable and you are ready to replace it. Snap the new click wheel into that metal frame and then plug the ribbon cable in and (carefully) snap the entire assembly back into the housing taking care how the tiny ribbon cable is folded. Good luck and please let us know how you do.

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Thanks for the reply! Eventually I figured it out and snapped out the metal ring, too. I got everything apart and replaced the click wheel ribbon assembly. The Nano works fine again (the Menu button was dead) but I can't get the plastic click wheel to re-seat completely. Top and bottom are fine, but the sides sort of stick out and rock back and forth so it's a bit loose, but works!

I only bought the ribbon assembly but maybe I could find a complete wheel assembly, too.


Unless you snapped off the tabs or slots on the plastic most likely the issue is the plastic is not seated completely to the metal housing. Are you sure it was snapped completely on to the metal and the metal into the shell? Also would you please accept the answer above so this question is not still shown without an answer? I have replaced a few of these without the whole assembly (just the ribbon and switches) with success so I think you can take it out and re-seat it for a like new unit!



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