Introduction

Replacing the kickstand is one of the simplest things to fix in a Surface 3. However, you will still need to take off the display and remove the battery to fully access the parts to replace.

Image 1/2: Place the warm iOpener on top of the edges of the screen.  This heat will weaken the strength of the adhesive between the display and body. Image 2/2: Place the warm iOpener on top of the edges of the screen.  This heat will weaken the strength of the adhesive between the display and body.
  • Warm up an iOpener following the instructions found in the iOpener guide.

  • Place the warm iOpener on top of the edges of the screen. This heat will weaken the strength of the adhesive between the display and body.

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Image 1/2: ''This may take significant force. A fingernail might work better for the initial lift'' Image 2/2: ''If you push straight down near the edge you will go through the speaker mesh and possibly end up damaging your speaker; try to push the pick in at a shallow angle.''
  • Use iFixit opening picks to wedge under the edge of the screen at the speaker port.

    • This may take significant force. A fingernail might work better for the initial lift

    • If you push straight down near the edge you will go through the speaker mesh and possibly end up damaging your speaker; try to push the pick in at a shallow angle.

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Image 1/2: If you break the glass on one side you might want to try again starting from the other side so that you have a clean, unbroken, edge on that side. Image 2/2: While the glass on this display is not particularly sharp when broken, it is still broken glass and you should be careful with it.
  • Carefully try to work your way around the device using the picks, reapplications of the heated iOpener, and luck.

    • If you break the glass on one side you might want to try again starting from the other side so that you have a clean, unbroken, edge on that side.

  • While the glass on this display is not particularly sharp when broken, it is still broken glass and you should be careful with it.

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Image 1/1: Do not pull out the display as it is still attached to the motherboard.
  • Flip the display over so that parts underneath it are easily accessible.

  • Do not pull out the display as it is still attached to the motherboard.

  • If you are replacing the display, or want it out of the way, continue with the display replacement guide steps.

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  • Now that you've gotten the casing off of the Surface 3, you can start removing the battery pack.

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Image 1/3: Slide the card around to undo the adhesive under the battery pack Image 2/3: Slide the card around to undo the adhesive under the battery pack Image 3/3: Slide the card around to undo the adhesive under the battery pack
  • Slide the iFixit plastic cards under the compartments of the battery pack.

  • Slide the card around to undo the adhesive under the battery pack

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Image 1/3: You may now switch out the battery pack for a new one. Image 2/3: You may now switch out the battery pack for a new one. Image 3/3: You may now switch out the battery pack for a new one.
  • Carefully slide the battery's flat power and data connector from its insert.

  • You may now switch out the battery pack for a new one.

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Image 1/2: If you do not need to remove the hinges, skip to the step that handles the retaining tabs. Image 2/2: If you do not need to remove the hinges, skip to the step that handles the retaining tabs.
  • Remove these four 3/32" Torx #3 screws.

  • If you do not need to remove the hinges, skip to the step that handles the retaining tabs.

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  • Remove these four 3/16" Torx #5 screws that hold in the hinges to replace the hinges.

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Image 1/3: Use picks to make the tab slide through the slot then simply pull out the kickstand, Image 2/3: Use picks to make the tab slide through the slot then simply pull out the kickstand, Image 3/3: Use picks to make the tab slide through the slot then simply pull out the kickstand,
  • These two retaining tabs need to be fed through the slots in the case to release the kickstand.

  • Use picks to make the tab slide through the slot then simply pull out the kickstand,

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Conclusion

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

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