Introduction

The springs located in the cartridge tray ware out over time and must be replaced. Follow our guide to show you how to remove the springs.

Remove the six 13.25mm Phillips screws on the bottom of the game console with a #2.5 flathead screwdriver. The screws are recessed about 40 mm.
  • Remove the six 13.25mm Phillips screws on the bottom of the game console with a #2.5 flathead screwdriver.

  • The screws are recessed about 40 mm.

  • Flip the game console right side up and take off the top by pulling it up and away from the rest of the device with your hands.

the outside screws are a little deep, plan ahead :)

Joseph McCord - Reply

Why use a slotted driver? The screws are phillips. Both #1 and #2 work for me.

kmcrawford111 - Reply

Remove the seven 13.25mm Phillips screws from the metal cover with a Phillips head #2 screwdriver. Remove the metal cover by pulling it up and away from the rest of the console with your hands.
  • Remove the seven 13.25mm Phillips screws from the metal cover with a Phillips head #2 screwdriver.

  • Remove the metal cover by pulling it up and away from the rest of the console with your hands.

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Remove the two silver 17.45mm Phillips screws from the cartridge tray using a Phillips head #2 screwdriver. Remove the two bronze 13.25mm Phillips screws from the cartridge tray using a Phillips head #2 screwdriver. Slide the cartridge tray toward you, away from the 72-PIN connector, and off the motherboard assembly.
  • Remove the two silver 17.45mm Phillips screws from the cartridge tray using a Phillips head #2 screwdriver.

  • Remove the two bronze 13.25mm Phillips screws from the cartridge tray using a Phillips head #2 screwdriver.

  • Slide the cartridge tray toward you, away from the 72-PIN connector, and off the motherboard assembly.

There may also be two short/yellow screws at the upper (back) right and left of the cartridge tray.

Jay - Reply

Underneath the cartridge tray is a black tab/lip (see marker).
  • Underneath the cartridge tray is a black tab/lip (see marker).

  • Make sure you orient this tab underneath the motherboard in addition to orienting the tray on top. Failure to do so will bow the cartridge tray and place stress on the component.

This is so unclear! I have no idea what tab this step is referring to.

trevorsklar - Reply

Me too... No idea whatsoever

zac - Reply

its when your replacing the cartridge tray, if u do it wrong the tray will feel like it's bowing up in the middle, like when u put in the screws u have to press the tray down to get the screw holes to line up / be flush, if u get the lip underneath to catch correctly there will be no issue/bow u wan't have to press down on it, or make the screws pull the tray to the motherboard, instead the tray will be flush with no pressure applied, i had no idea what he meant either until i was reversing the steps.

Joseph McCord - Reply

also not all NES are the same underneath, my tab was much less noticeable and i had one less screw to get the shield off then he showed. and 2 less screws to remove the cartridge tray.

Joseph McCord - Reply

Push down on the spring with your finger and pull out of the plastic casing.
  • Push down on the spring with your finger and pull out of the plastic casing.

  • If only one spring is worn out, replace only that spring.

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Conclusion

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

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