Introduction

It's hard to repair anything without opening it up first.

  1. Make sure the device is powered off before you begin. Separate the trim from the device using a jimmy or metal spudger. Separate the trim from the device using a jimmy or metal spudger.
    • Make sure the device is powered off before you begin.

    • Separate the trim from the device using a jimmy or metal spudger.

  2. Use the PH1 screwdriver to remove the five 6 mm screws from the battery cover. Remove the battery cover and set it aside.
    • Use the PH1 screwdriver to remove the five 6 mm screws from the battery cover.

    • Remove the battery cover and set it aside.

  3. Use a spudger to carefully remove the liquid electrical tape holding the battery inside the battery compartment. Be careful to not puncture the battery, or damage the battery wire underneath the liquid electrical tape.
    • Use a spudger to carefully remove the liquid electrical tape holding the battery inside the battery compartment.

    • Be careful to not puncture the battery, or damage the battery wire underneath the liquid electrical tape.

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  5. Use a metal spudger to pry the edge of the battery out of the device. Lift the battery and remove the 16 mm PH2 screw underneath.
    • Use a metal spudger to pry the edge of the battery out of the device.

    • Lift the battery and remove the 16 mm PH2 screw underneath.

    • Notice the battery wire connecting the battery to the device. Attempting remove the battery completely could cause damage to the wire.

  6. Remove the remaining four 16 mm screws from the white plastic casing using the PH2 screwdriver. Remove the remaining four 16 mm screws from the white plastic casing using the PH2 screwdriver.
    • Remove the remaining four 16 mm screws from the white plastic casing using the PH2 screwdriver.

  7. Start in a corner, where the casing and the side meet. Use a pointed metal spudger to pry apart the glue holding these seams together. Slide the metal spudger along these seams to separate the back casing from the rest of the speaker.
    • Start in a corner, where the casing and the side meet. Use a pointed metal spudger to pry apart the glue holding these seams together.

    • Slide the metal spudger along these seams to separate the back casing from the rest of the speaker.

  8. Once the device is open, disconnect the three white connectors from the motherboard. Remove the upper casing.
    • Once the device is open, disconnect the three white connectors from the motherboard.

    • Remove the upper casing.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Breaking apart the halves takes patience. Took 30 minutes. Mine was glued together like a tank, and it was not easy at all to separate the halves. Maybe JBL saw this post and doubled the glue to dissuade DIY fixes. Once I separated the halves, it was easy, but be prepared to get moderately frustrated in doing so. Also, don't get angry and try to force them apart, because from my experience, I do believe there is a high risk potential of cracking either halve if attempting to brute force the issue. Remember, patience is a virtue here. Lastly, you can get a good set of spudger tools at Harbor Freight Tools for cheap. They are actually called Wax Carving tools made in India of stainless steel. Excellent set to complete this fix, and I can see that they will be very useful in the future if needed. 10/10 for the author for the breakdown instructions. Cheers!

Zabrot - Reply

Follow these directions, Do not deviate from the path and you shall find Success awaits at journey's end.

rufusleehung - Reply

one essential moment. when you're trying to disasemble a cover there is also one bolt under the battery socket! it not shown on step 5!

freddyfresh90 - Reply

It is told in step 4, but not shown. I looked up this guide when I was stuck after step 5 lol

Btw I am the editor as of Saturday, 27/August/2016. Mine had 4 PH2 screws around the outside and 1 ph2 under the battery. I am not sure if that is how it always was

ion418 -

smooth sailing until step 6. Finally gave up and trashed it out of frustration.

fredblue - Reply

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