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Introduction

Removing the top cover requires a fine-tipped soldering iron and knowledge of surface mount soldering.

  1. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Use your finger tip to pull the battery release tab toward the center of the D70.

    • Open the battery door and rotate it away from the bottom cover.

  2. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the battery out of the D70.

    • It may be necessary to wiggle the battery while pulling to free it from its pocket in the case.

  3. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement, Bottom Cover: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following eight screws securing the bottom cover to the D70:

    • Six 5.8 mm Phillips screws

    • One 10.7 mm Phillips screws

    • One 8.2 mm Phillips screws

  4. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully pull the bottom cover to separate it from the body of the D70.

    • Remove the bottom cover from the D70.

  5. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement, Rear Cover Assembly: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 4.8 mm Phillips screws securing the battery side of the rear cover to the D70.

  6. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 4.8 mm Phillips screws securing the port side of the rear cover to the D70.

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    • Use your fingernail to flip up the ZIF locking flap on the LCD ribbon cable socket.

    • Be sure you are opening the locking tab, not pulling against the socket mounted to the board.

    • Pull the LCD board ribbon cable out of its socket.

  8. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully pull the sides of the rear cover away from the body of the D70.

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    • Pull the rear cover off the body of the D70, minding the LCD board ribbon cable that may get caught.

    • At this point, the capacitor is visible and its exposed contacts are boxed in red in the second picture. Even though they are recessed, be careful not to touch the contacts to avoid shocking yourself.

  10. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement, Front Cover: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Use a plastic opening tool to carefully pry up the flash unit at the point shown in the picture.

  11. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 4.3 mm Phillips screws securing the top edge of the front cover to the top cover.

  12. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 4.3 mm Phillips screws on the face of the front cover.

  13. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Use the sharp end of a metal spudger or a razor blade to peel the sticker out of the center of the automatic/manual focus switch.

  14. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the 6.3 mm shouldered Phillips screw from the center of the automatic/manual focus switch.

    • Pull the automatic/manual focus switch away from the front cover.

  15. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • If present, remove the plastic cover from the lens mount.

  16. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the front cover away from the D70.

  17. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement, Grip: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 5.7 mm Phillips screw in the top corner of the battery compartment.

  18. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 4.2 mm Phillips screw securing the lower edge of the grip to the front of the D70.

  19. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 2 Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the grip from the D70.

    • Do not touch any of the exposed solder points under the grip, as the capacitor is attached in this area. The attachment points for the blue and pink leads of the capacitor are circled in yellow in the second picture.

  20. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement, Top Cover: step 20, image 1 of 2 Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement, Top Cover: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the silver Phillips screw securing the port cover to the side of the D70.

    • Remove the port cover from the D70.

  21. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Touch the bare leads of a capacitor discharge tool to the pink and blue capacitor leads soldered to the circuit board near the AF lamp.

    • At this point, the capacitor should be discharged. Avoid touching the bare leads to prevent a shock if the capacitor is still partially charged.

  22. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 3 Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 3 Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Carefully de-solder the black, grey, white, and orange leads (boxed in red) from the side of the circuit board near the AF lamp.

    • Lightly heat the joint of each lead with a soldering iron as you apply slight tension to the wire with a pair of tweezers.

    • Do not excessively heat the board. Also, be sure not to accidentally melt the plastic case with the side of the soldering iron.

    • Repeat the process until all four leads are de-soldered.

  23. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • In this step, you will de-solder the four wires pictured. Mark the wires with a sharpie or a paint marker to keep track of their locations, as each pair of leads is nearly identical.

    • De-solder the four wires boxed in red using the same procedure on the preceding step.

    • Do not apply too much heat to the joints as you de-solder, as the ribbon cable they are soldered to is extremely delicate and melts easily.

  24. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • If present, remove the piece of tape covering the ribbon cable socket (boxed in red).

  25. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 2 Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingernail to flip up the ZIF retaining flap.

    • Make sure you are prying up on the ZIF retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

  26. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the Phillips screw securing the top cover to the D70 near the mode dial.

  27. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following two screws securing the top cover to the D70 near the shutter button:

    • One black 4.8 mm Phillips screw

    • One silver 4.2 mm Phillips screw

  28. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 7.3 mm Phillips screws securing the top case to the D70 near the eyepiece.

  29. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 4.7 mm Phillips screw from under the top cover near the shutter button.

  30. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • De-solder the thin black wire (boxed in red) from the DC/DC board.

    • Do not heat up the DC/DC board too much during the process.

  31. Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 2 Nikon D70 Top Cover Replacement: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully lift the top cover near the mode dial as you pull the mode dial ribbon cable away from the lens base.

    • Remove the top cover from the D70, minding any cables that may get caught.

Conclusion

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

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One Comment

Thank you. Andrew your post are so clear I wonder you were hear in India. I'm, having exactly the same camera. It feel down with the lens on it. And since then it didn't work. Y taken to many Nikon center but to no success.

Thanks once again

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