Introduction

In order to replace the Surface 3 tablet's speakers you will have to remove the casing, undo the adhesive that holds the speakers down, and disconnect the speakers from the motherboard.

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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  • You will be working in these areas of the Surface 3 in order to replace the speakers.

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  • Use a pick to get under the speaker part and undo the adhesive that keeps it attached to the back casing.

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  • Use the pick to gently lift on the red and black wire in order to dislodge the connection between the speaker wire and the motherboard.

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  • Repeat the same steps for the second speaker.

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  • Simply replace the old speakers by snapping the new speakers into place and connecting the red and black wire to the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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