Introduction

Are the buttons on your Pebble Steel not responding anymore? This could result from the inner sensors being worn down. Replacing the inner Zebra ribbon may fix this problem.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/3: Make sure the screws are kept in a safe place to insure they are not lost. Image 2/3: Remove the back plate. Image 3/3: Remove the back plate.
  • Use a Torx T3 screwdriver to unscrew the four 3.5 mm Torx T3 screws holding the back plate.

  • Make sure the screws are kept in a safe place to insure they are not lost.

  • Remove the back plate.

The vibration motor is glued to the back plate. So remove the back plate a little bit, and look, if the motor sticks to it. Then first use a plastic opening tool to remove the vibration motor from the back plate.

Gauner - Reply

Same comment as Gauner: The vibration motor is glued to the back plate. DO NOT simply pull off the back plate as per the instructions else the two small wires that connect the motor will be damaged. I used a SIM tray pin tool to gently pry off the motor.

Steven Holbourne - Reply

Image 1/2: Adhesive on the back side of the battery holds the internal components to the front case. Image 2/2: Use tweezers or a plastic opening tool to disconnect the ribbon cable from the motherboard.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to grab onto the black plastic frame and remove the internal hardware.

  • Adhesive on the back side of the battery holds the internal components to the front case.

  • Use tweezers or a plastic opening tool to disconnect the ribbon cable from the motherboard.

Don't just pull the hardware out. The plastic frame is clipped inside the steel body with four clips, two each on the left and the right side of the watch, near the corners. You can stick a small screwdriver into the cutouts right above the clips and gently lever the plastic frame up, corner by corner.

Gauner - Reply

Image 1/1:
  • Starting in the top right corner, use a pair of tweezers to remove the white film.

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Image 1/2: If pieces of the orange Zebra ribbon remain on the frame, remove them. Image 2/2: If pieces of the orange Zebra ribbon remain on the frame, remove them.
  • Continue pulling off the attached orange Zebra ribbon and the inner sensors attached to the ribbon.

  • If pieces of the orange Zebra ribbon remain on the frame, remove them.

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Conclusion

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

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Where do I get a new zebra ribbon? I can't fond any on the intetnrt?

Knocky ledwell - Reply

I also can't find the zebra cable. Any information on this?

eliasp02 - Reply

Generally I'm a big fan of iFixit and the tear down guides but this one is seriously lacking. Firstly, there is no indication of where to get replacement parts. I understand that Pebble do not have a solution to supply repair parts to the market meaning that a tear down is a pointless exercise as the item is junk if it's broken. There also aren't any third party suppliers that I can see. The next problem with this one is that during disassembly the button ribbon cable was torn and it seems no mention was made that it is now unusable. More photos are required and a big warning that the cable will tear easily when pulling it away from the adhesive.

Otherwise keep up the good work ifixit

Martin Le Tessier - Reply

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