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Introduction

Use this guide to replace a broken trackpad.

  1. Before proceeding, unplug and power down your ThinkPad. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down. Use a Size 0 Philips screwdriver to loosen the  nine screws on the bottom of the case. They will not come out entirely, but you will feel when they are loose enough.
    • Before proceeding, unplug and power down your ThinkPad. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.

    • Use a Size 0 Philips screwdriver to loosen the nine screws on the bottom of the case. They will not come out entirely, but you will feel when they are loose enough.

    • You will need to remove the rubber pads from the bottom three screws using a pair of tweezers.

  2. Insert an opening pick into the space between the lower case and the chassis.
    • Insert an opening pick into the space between the lower case and the chassis.

    • Slide the opening pick around the case, pushing inward to release the clips securing the lower case. You should feel and hear the clip pop free.

  3. When all the clips have been released, you should be able to easily remove the lower case.
    • When all the clips have been released, you should be able to easily remove the lower case.

    • If you feel resistance when lifting the case, ensure all the clips have been released and all the screws are adequately loosened.

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  5. Use a spudger or other plastic tool to push the battery connector in the direction of the arrow, removing it from its socket. Lift the battery out of the upper case.
    • Use a spudger or other plastic tool to push the battery connector in the direction of the arrow, removing it from its socket.

    • Lift the battery out of the upper case.

  6. Remove the four screws securing the battery to the upper case.
    • Remove the four screws securing the battery to the upper case.

  7. Remove the four screws securing the trackpad's bottom plate to the case.
    • Remove the four screws securing the trackpad's bottom plate to the case.

    • After removing the bottom plate, remove the two screws securing the trackpad to the case.

  8. Using the pointy end of a spudger or other tool, genty lift the cable lock. Pull the blue tab of the trackpad ribbon cable to unplug the trackpad.
    • Using the pointy end of a spudger or other tool, genty lift the cable lock.

    • Pull the blue tab of the trackpad ribbon cable to unplug the trackpad.

  9. Lift the trackpad out of the case, bottom end first.
    • Lift the trackpad out of the case, bottom end first.

Conclusion

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

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