Spudger

$2.95

Product code: IF145-002
Apple Part #: 922-5065

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Spudger

$2.95

Product code: IF145-002
Apple Part #: 922-5065

Product Overview

Safely poke and pry just about anything.

A spudger is a tough antistatic tool that can be used for a variety of purposes when repairing electronic devices. The 5" tool is made of nylon and has one flat end and one pointed end. The pliable and antistatic properties make it ideal for working around sensitive electronic components without fear of shocking or scratching them.

The pointed flat side can be used to disconnect connectors, remove thermal paste from a heat sink, pry off components, aid in soldering, or just to unscrew a MacBook's battery. The pointed end of the spudger can be used to connect/disconnect components, hold objects for soldering, or poke something that requires poking. The tool also includes a notch for hooking wires.

We find this spudger to be the perfect size for most repairs. However, when you need a tougher prying/poking tool, we also carry our Heavy Duty Spudger, a more robust version of this tool. This product is included in a lot of our toolkits, but it's especially helpful in the Pro Tech Toolkit and Soldering Workstation.

Compatible with Apple's "Black Stick", Apple part number 922-5065

Product Details

$2.95 Single

 

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$149.95 100-pack

 

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New

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Repair Shops, Schools, Manufacturers, or anyone else who uses lots of spudgers, save with our 100 pack.

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Stories

My Problem

The battery life had was less than 90 minutes.

My Fix

I ordered a battery and related tools. Used I-fix-it directions and replaced the battery in less than 30 minutes. Now operating normally.

My Advice

Go for it. You can do it!

My Problem

My Macbook Pro mid 2012 didn't boot after a forced shutdown. I took it to maintenance and first, they said it was OK, but getting to the store it didn't boot again. Technician said it was a logic board failure. I mentioned the cable, but he said he already tested it.

My Fix

I decided to browse some more and found many similar reports of faulty flat HDD cables. I decided to give Ifixit a try, and ordered the cable plus some tools for the job. The order came very fast for an international order. It was a matter of following the instructions at Ifixit's website, and the laptop was running again, back from the presumed dead.

My Advice

I would say that Ifixit is a wonderful place not only for digging the parts you need, but to see the experiences of users and their issues solved. I wish I had a similar alternative in my country. I would suggest you dig a lot around the web and take with a grain of salt when a technician tells you your machine is gone. Specially when it is something as expensive as a laptop. Thank you, Ifixit!

My Problem

Five months after installing a new SSD to replace my HD in a 2012 Macbook Pro, I was constantly being interrupted with the ol' spinning beachball of doom. Examining the Console utility logs and view the Activity Monitor showed no signs of anomalies. Exhausting all at-home options, consulted with a Mac Genius at an Apple Store and they too were stumped, but provided me with a clue: pull out the internal SSD and hook it up via external USB. Lo and behold, the laptop worked as before. I called up the SSD manufacturer who provided me with an additional clue: the hard drive cables on the specific MacBooks get damaged and will make the system wonky, progressively degrading over time.

My Fix

Using the detailed walk-through instructions, removing and replacing the hard drive cable was a breeze.

My Advice

It may be a one-off use in buying the correct tools for this job, but you don't want to strip the tiny screws on the laptop. Splurging for good tools will pay off than the potential headache of removing stripped screws.

My Problem

My MBP had slowed down and I thought that upgrading the memory and operating system might help speed it up.

My Fix

With the right tool, a Phillips Precision #00 it was an easy job.

My Advice

I recommend watching one of the Youtube videos first to see how it is done

My Problem

The battery in my 4 year old MacBook Pro was acting up - erratically switching off although still 40% full, diminishing uptime, and telling me it needed "servicing". Since there is no Apple store in this part of the world, I went to a certified Apple repair shop where they told me "You can leave your laptop here, but it will be 10 days before anyone will look at it. And no,before having looked at it we can't give you an estimate for the price and time it will take."

In the meantime one of the fans became noisy, perhaps after I dropped the 'Book on the floor (carpet-covered, so there was nothing broken, only the noisy fan, annoying in an otherwise completely silent machine).

After some discussions with friends and colleagues and a lengthy visit to the iFixit web site, in particular on the question whether it will even be possible to replace the glued-in battery, plus a trip to the basement to verify that I had a bottle of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) available, I ordered a left fan, a battery and a collection of little tools from iFixit.

My Fix

The first positive surprise was the speed of delivery, less than 2 days from California to the west of France.: I ordered on Tuesday afternoon, and on Thursday morning the packet was at my doorstep. And on Thursday night, everything was fixed.

The easy part was the left fan. There is a detailed guide with pictures from iFixit, and this must be one of the simplest parts to replace; no other part has to be removed to get at it. Opening up a PowerBook with the right tools is much easier now than it was 12 years ago when I last did a DIY replacement on my iBook (lime green "toilet seat" model, much loved).

As for the battery, it is glued in, and the official advice, even from iFixit, is that you cannot do it yourself, unless you want to replace half of the casing of the laptop and pay around 500$. But I came across a discussion

<Has anybody tried heat to loosen battery glue?>

with a link to a video from byteguys.co.uk where they show how it can be done, involving IPA and a syringe, plus a lot of patience. One has to be careful, constantly prying with some force without breaking the plastic tools nor any computer parts,repeatedly squirting IPA underneath the battery without piercing it and starting a fire.

It took me about an hour, but it worked.

Then 5 minutes for putting the new battery in (it comes with glue strips) and closing everything up. and now my PowerBook is as good as new.

Thanks iFixit!

My Advice

My advice is: before you start, spend enough time looking at the experience of others, until you feel confident whom you can trust.

And get the right tools for the task, it makes a big difference.

My Problem

I was having issues with my Wifi Dropping a lot. After researching I found out that there was an issue with the Airport/Bluetooth Cable.... so rather then paying Apple to diagnose that I needed a new Airport/Bluetooth Cable and charge me an arm and a leg to repair it... i figure I would try this out first... for $30 and some change... why not!!

My Fix

So I watched the video and read the step by step directions that iFixit had posted on how to change out the Airport/Bluetooth Cable and it took me less then 20 minutes and I was up and running... it has been about 2 weeks since I replaced the cable and everything seems to be working GREAT!!!

My Advice

Watch the video and follow the step by step instructions that iFixit provides and you will have NO issues

My Problem

One day, just out of the blue the laptop wouldn't boot, and when it did it was unbearably slow.. After quite some troubleshooting I narrowed it down to the I/O with the disk. It was either the HDD or the cable!

I tried to isolate the cable from touching the optical drive by some tape, as advised by someone on Amazon, but that didn't solve the issue. Essentially I decided to replace the cable AND the disk, opting to install a 250G SSD disk instead.

My Fix

How did the repair go? Smooth.. It's a relatively simple fix. Tiny screws and narrow spaces can be a bit annoying if you have large hands or if your fingers arent all that nimble but it's not a difficult repair by any means.

My only concern was with the adhesive on the cable; it's difficult to place the cable correctly, so I waited with removing the coating on the adhesive. The problem is, when the cable is finally in position, you can't really reach under and remove the tape. So I relied on the SSD to keep the cable in place. Hopefully I wont regret that decision.

My Advice

Do your homework: troubleshooting, read up on the fix, make sure you have everything you need BEFORE you start diving in.

My Problem

My Macbook one day wouldn't boot, giving the folder/question mark story. The only way I could get a full boot was by making my internal drive an external. That narrowed the problem to either the HDD cable or the motherboard, I optimistically ordered the cable and started praying.

My Fix

The replacement took less than 5 minutes and afterward my broken computer was once became my trusty Macbook and booted without issue.

My Advice

If my repair has taught me anything: keep digging until you've narrowed it down as much as possible and then start with the cheapest fix.

My Problem

My Iphone 5s developed a microphone issue after a few months of use. I couldn't be heard when making a phone call unless I used my speakerphone. I tried dealing with my cellphone carrier on a repair or replacement as it was under warranty. They sent me a "like new" replacement however this "new" phone had more problems then my original. They said they had to work out the replacement phone issues with Apple Care next, otherwise there is nothing else they can do for me. To make a long story short, I told them to pound sand and returned the replacement phone and switched back to my iPhone 4s for the time being. One day I decided I really want to get back to my 5s so I looked into repairing it and found this website.

My Fix

The repair went pretty well. The step by step guide was a big help, wouldn't have tried it without it. The guide was missing a couple steps at the end of the tear down however. There are two more parts that need to be removed from the original lightning connector and headphone jack assembly. There is a small bracket that the home button connection is glued to that has to be removed and installed on the replacement, and the microphone has a small rubber boot around it that has to removed and installed over the replacement microphone. Likely through my research another reviewer point this out so I didn't miss it. Otherwise the repair went just fine with the guide. I was a little mad that the required flat headed screwdriver was mentioned in the guide but not included in the required tools list. I was able to make a screwdriver I had work but I would have liked to have the right size for the job. The only mistakes I had were I got a connector that was next to the battery stuck under the logic board when I was reassembling and didn't notice until I had the board all screwed down. So I had to removed the logic board twice but likely there was no damage. I also had a hard time getting the home button reconnected as the small amount of adhesive wouldn't stick after being removed from the original connector. And I couldn't for the life of me get the securing clip for the home button connection to hook on to the metal hooks on the backside of the connector. I could only snap it in the front which with a little pull pops it out. I spent a good hour trying to hook this clip and ended up just snapping it in the front and putting the phone back together. Not too worried as everything is pretty tight in the phone and its not coming apart again unless something else dies. Overall, I'm glad I decided to purchased the parts and tools and make the repair. Phone is working just like new now.

My Advice

My advice would to purchase all the required tools mentioned in the guide including the flat head screwdriver (2.5mm?). The screws are UNBELIEVABLY small and need these designed magnetic screwdrivers to make it work. Also you will be wise to lay out the steps requiring removal of parts and screws on a piece of paper with some clear or white tape to stick the small parts to so you don't lose them during the repair. Also helps you lay out the screws in order so you don't mix them up when it comes time to reassemble. The website sells a magnetic white board for this purchase if you are only doing the one repair then so some paper and tape work just fine. Also I would advise to just take your time and don't force anything. It took me probably 5 hours from start to finish with 1 hour wasted with trying to hook that clip securing the home button connection. The only thing I wished I had known before I did the repair was about needing the flat head screwdriver, partly my fault as it was mentioned in the guide but wasn't in the tools list so I didn't purchase it, next time I will buy it.

My Problem

Hard drive cable was damaged

My Fix

Super easy, especially with the step by step guide that was provided on your site!

My Advice

Make sure you don't skip a step, and you'll be golden