Introduction

This guide should be straightforward if each step is followed completely and will show you how to successfully replace the motherboard. Be careful with the wires as they can be fragile.

Image 1/1: '''Underside side panel removal.''' Remove the two 3mm Phillips #2 screws from each underside panel. (4 screws total)
  • All of the following steps require using 3mm Phillips #1 head screwdriver .

  • Underside side panel removal. Remove the two 3mm Phillips #2 screws from each underside panel. (4 screws total)

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Image 1/1: To remove this underside panel, pull the plastic tabs from either side of the car and remove panel.
  • Underside front panel removal. Remove three 3mm Phillips #2 screws that connect the front panel with the main underside panel. Also remove the central front panel 6mm Phillips #2 head screw. (4 screws total)

  • To remove this underside panel, pull the plastic tabs from either side of the car and remove panel.

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Image 1/2: Remove the two 6mm Phillips #2 screws that connect the rear panel to the body of the car. Image 2/2: ''6 Screws Total''
  • Underside rear panel removal. Remove the two 6mm Phillips #2 screws and the two 3mm Phillips #2 screws that connect back panel to the main underside panel.

  • Remove the two 6mm Phillips #2 screws that connect the rear panel to the body of the car.

  • 6 Screws Total

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Image 1/3: ''Remove main underside panel carefully. There are fragile wires attached to this piece that could disconnect and break off if force is applied upon removal. '' Image 2/3: When removing car shell, place it on the left side of car. Image 3/3: When removing car shell, place it on the left side of car.
  • Underside main (center) panel removal. Remove the two front 6mm Phillips #2 screws and the two middle 6mm Phillips #2 screws.

  • Remove main underside panel carefully. There are fragile wires attached to this piece that could disconnect and break off if force is applied upon removal.

  • When removing car shell, place it on the left side of car.

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Image 1/1: '''Remove the top body of the car from the bottom.''' Unplug the light connector.  Be careful not to pull any of the wires too hard.
  • Make sure the car is turned off before proceeding to any other steps.

  • Remove the top body of the car from the bottom. Unplug the light connector. Be careful not to pull any of the wires too hard.

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  • Remove the electrical tape. It is connected to the top part of car. This allows you to fully take the car apart.

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  • Unscrew water shield. Remove the 6mm Phillips #2 screw that is holding the water shield in place.

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  • Remove the plastic water shield. Carefully remove the water shield on the motherboard and unscrew the last 3mm Phillips #2 screw on the motherboard.

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Image 1/1: Refer to the [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+To+Solder+and+Desolder+Connections/750|how to solder/desolder guide] for tips.
  • Desolder. Use a solder kit to desolder the wires. Make sure to desolder the wires as close to the motherboard as possible. There are ten wires total to desolder.

  • Refer to the how to solder/desolder guide for tips.

  • Pay attention to what wires you desolder. Make sure to not desolder any wires that should not be desoldered.

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  • Replace motherboard. Place the new motherboard in the same position of old motherboard and replace the 3mm Phillips #2 screws.

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Image 1/1: Make sure the colors match, red goes with red wire and so on.  Also make sure you solder the wires to correct preexisting wires, none of the wires should cross one another
  • Solder the existing wires. Solder the new wires from the new motherboard to the preexisting wires that you cut before.

  • Make sure the colors match, red goes with red wire and so on. Also make sure you solder the wires to correct preexisting wires, none of the wires should cross one another

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  • Put the car back together. Plug the light connector back into its correct position. Put electrical tape back on the wire you took off in step two. Follow the prerequisite steps in reverse order to fully put your car back together.

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Jolie Higgins

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