Introduction

This guide will show you how to access and remove the right hand speaker of the Surface Pro 4. Although this process is similar to the left speaker replacement, the structure of the device necessitates a slightly different procedure.

Make sure the device is turned off before you start working on it.
  • Make sure the device is turned off before you start working on it.

  • If your display is cracked, cover it with strips of packing tape to contain any glass shards and prevent injury.

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The display is strongly glued to the frame of the device.
  • The display is strongly glued to the frame of the device.

  • To remove the display, first soften the adhesive by applying heat. You can use a heat pad, heat gun, or iOpener. In a pinch, a hair dryer can also work.

    • Be careful when using a heat gun, as too much heat can permanently damage the display.

  • Steadily and evenly heat the perimeter of the display until it's too hot to touch, and try to maintain that temperature for several minutes—but don't overheat it, or you may damage the display.

Instead of heating the glass directly, apply a light amount of heat to slightly soften the adhesive as you go and use a all metal xacto knife. Heat the knife blade directly and cut through the foam inside like butter. Stop every 3 inches and place some paper or spacer to keep the glass off the foam. Start at the top right or left side where there is an indent. On the bottom and side only need to go in 1/4”, top more like 1/2”.

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Use a suction cup or an iSclack to pull up on the glass and create a slight gap between the glass and the metal frame. If your display is badly cracked, a suction cup may not adhere. It may help to first cover the display with a layer of packing tape. Alternatively, you can superglue your suction cup to the display. Insert an opening pick into the gap.
  • Use a suction cup or an iSclack to pull up on the glass and create a slight gap between the glass and the metal frame.

    • If your display is badly cracked, a suction cup may not adhere. It may help to first cover the display with a layer of packing tape. Alternatively, you can superglue your suction cup to the display.

  • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • There are tabs on the upper right side and upper left side where it is easier to get a tool under the display.

  • Slide an opening pick around the sides and bottom of the display to cut the adhesive. Apply more heat as needed.

    • Work carefully—the glass is thin and will crack easily if you try to force it.

  • Separate the top edge last. There are antennas on both sides, so be careful not to damage them. If needed, you can use a bit of isopropyl alcohol to help weaken the adhesive.

Do we need to glue the screen back on? How do we do this? What do we use? Thanks for this tutorial. I wonder if it's necessary to completely unplug the screen when replacing just the SSD

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They mention separate the top edge last to prevent antenna damage. I tried to be very careful but still ended up damaging 1 of three antennas. The antennas are directly under the glue and aren’t really that fragile. They key is heat. I was trying to be careful that the glue wasn’t hot enough anymore. If the glue is nice and soft it’ll easily separate from the antenna. Too cold and the antenna will stay with the screen…

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Attach a suction cup to the front of the display. Using the suction cup, pull the display and base apart. You may need to hold the base in position with your hands.
  • Attach a suction cup to the front of the display.

  • Using the suction cup, pull the display and base apart. You may need to hold the base in position with your hands.

  • It is usually better to place the suction cup on the left or right side of the screen, rather than in the center. This provides more leverage when removing the screen.

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There are two display cables connecting the body to the display. Disconnect the cable on the right by putting a plastic opening tool under the edge of the connector and prying it up.
  • There are two display cables connecting the body to the display.

  • Disconnect the cable on the right by putting a plastic opening tool under the edge of the connector and prying it up.

You can disconnect from the lcd rather than the motherboard, each cable has an EMI shield, a metal cover, over the connector, and the shield must be pried off first, then they disconnect easily by just prying up on the connectors

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The connection for the strip on the left is covered by a lightweight metal casing.  Pry around the edges of this case with a plastic spudger. Once it is loose, pull it off. Unplug the connection with a plastic opening tool. Unplug the connection with a plastic opening tool.
  • The connection for the strip on the left is covered by a lightweight metal casing. Pry around the edges of this case with a plastic spudger. Once it is loose, pull it off.

  • Unplug the connection with a plastic opening tool.

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  • The display should now be free of the body of the Surface Pro. Lift it up and away from the rest of the device.

  • Before installing a new display, check it carefully to see if any parts need to be transferred over from the back of the old display to the new display. In particular, you may need to transfer over the NTrig board in the corner by disconnecting the two attached ribbon cables and using heat and gentle prying to carefully separate the glue securing the board.

  • To replace the adhesive securing the display, carefully remove any old adhesive from both the device and the back of the display. Clean and prep the surface with isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth, swiping the cloth in one direction (not back and forth). Apply a strong double-sided tape, such as 2 mm Tesa 61395.

I've done many phones and ipads in the past. I did 2 of these in a row. Both screens were broken before hand but I was unable to remove either of them completely without leaving fragments around the frame. This would suggest that replacing the drive on one with a good screen will require a replacement of the screen too. Do not put a tool into the speaker areas as it mushes up the screen and requires you to glue the screens back in. The screens I purchased did not have adhesive with them so you need to apply that before plugging the screen back in. I ran 1 or 2 stips of 2 mm tape depending on the with of the contact area. There was a metal cover over the right hand connector on mine. I found the metal covers easier to remove with a dental pick which I inserted into the small holes on each tab then levered up. You have to transfer a small board over to the new screen which requires heating. Make sure to connect the LCD to that board before sticking it back down. Ken Davison meditlondon.com

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What adhesive do you recommend?

Chris P -

3M 9448A Double Coated Tissue Tape I just did my 3rd (10 min…I don’t think so) especially if display is shattered, this last screen came with tape strips and the backing looks exactly like this one I posted same color and lettering, its very mushy, rubbery make sure screen is perfectly aligned because once this stuff sticks thats it, no adjustment possible. I used a paper cutter the guillotine type to make the different widths from 1/4” strips.

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It took 1.5 hours to do the second one.

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Remove 5mm Torx T4 screw holding the speaker to the frame of the device. Remove the 3mm Torx T4 screw. Remove the 3mm Torx T4 screw.
  • Remove 5mm Torx T4 screw holding the speaker to the frame of the device.

  • Remove the 3mm Torx T4 screw.

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Use a small plastic spudger to work the speaker cable connector out of its socket.
  • Use a small plastic spudger to work the speaker cable connector out of its socket.

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Work the left edge of the speaker out from under the edge of the black plastic bar next to it. Grasp the left edge of the speaker and pull away from the edge of the frame. You may need to wiggle it back and forth to loosen it. Pull the speaker free of the device.
  • Work the left edge of the speaker out from under the edge of the black plastic bar next to it.

  • Grasp the left edge of the speaker and pull away from the edge of the frame. You may need to wiggle it back and forth to loosen it.

  • Pull the speaker free of the device.

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Conclusion

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

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