Introduction

The modularity and easy to remove battery found in the Lenovo Moto Z earns it a 7 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

  1. External expansion is possible with magnetically attached "Moto Mods." Easily swapped external battery packs may increase life of device.
    • External expansion is possible with magnetically attached "Moto Mods." Easily swapped external battery packs may increase life of device.

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  2. Sticky adhesive holds the display in place. Heat is required to soften the adhesive enough to pry up the display.
    • Sticky adhesive holds the display in place. Heat is required to soften the adhesive enough to pry up the display.

      • This adhesive is similar to adhesive found in waterproof devices like the iPhone 6s/7. This device is splashproof, not waterproof.

    • The display cable is long enough to allow you to fold the display over completely, so you don't have to support it while disconnecting.

      • However, it is very wide and hinders access to the battery connector—it's considerably easier to disconnect the battery after the screen is removed, which is not best practice.

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    • The fingerprint sensor button and ambient light sensor are held onto the back of the display assembly with strong adhesive.

    • Heat was not needed, and both components can be easily reinstalled.

    • To test the most common repair, we remove the battery before proceeding.

    • Battery has a plastic tab to aid in removal. The angle helps avoid ripping the tab off before it's free from the adhesive in the lower right corner.

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    • Vibrator and rear-facing camera are lightly adhered in place and can be removed now, (or before the battery is removed).

    • Earpiece speaker assembly and lower bracket are held in place with Torx T3 screws and serve to hold down the top and bottom halves of the motherboard.

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    • Removing the adhered motherboard

      • Motherboard as a single component is an expensive repair, especially with the commonly failing charging port soldered on.

    • With the motherboard removed, the next layer of components can come out, including: front-facing camera, camera cover/LED flash assembly, heat pipe, button covers and switch ribbon cable.

    Anyway to fix the failing charging port?

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    • The Lenovo Moto Z earns a 7 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

      • Pull-tab on battery, easy to access once you have the device open.

      • Modular assembly allows independent replacement of many components

      • Display is adhered in place with no external fasteners, but the adhesive is weak enough to easily separate after heating.

      • Charging port soldered to the motherboard means a common repair will be very expensive.

      • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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5 Comments

Is it possible to replace only the botoom part?

Ben Morningstar - Reply

hi, do you have a wallpaper like the one on the iphone x so i can see the internals? thanks

leandrofernandez91 - Reply

Is there a way to repair the WIFI Chip?

Tobias S - Reply

i also have the same que… how to repair WIFI ???

Syed Saif -

Disculpen las guías no vienen en Español,? Gracias

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