iPod Mini Click Wheel Replacement

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The click wheel receives the feedback of your fingers and transmits it to the logic board.

Edit Step 1 Bottom Bezel  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Carefully insert a small flathead screwdriver in the seam between the metal casing and white plastic bottom Use the screwdriver to pry up the white plastic bottom bezel. Be careful not to damage the soft plastic with your screwdriver.

Edit Step 1 Bottom Bezel  ¶ 

  • Carefully insert a small flathead screwdriver in the seam between the metal casing and white plastic bottom Use the screwdriver to pry up the white plastic bottom bezel. Be careful not to damage the soft plastic with your screwdriver.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: A small pair of snap ring pliers is the easiest tool to remove the metal retaining bracket.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • A small pair of snap ring pliers is the easiest tool to remove the metal retaining bracket.

  • You can also use a flathead screwdriver to pry out the metal retaining bracket beneath the bottom bezel as shown. You can free the bracket by first pushing in the metal arms on the corners and then lifting the bracket.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift the metal retaining bracket out of the iPod.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Lift the metal retaining bracket out of the iPod.

Edit Step 4 Click Wheel  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Use a spudger or the tip of your finger to carefully disconect the orange click wheel ribbon from the logic board.

Edit Step 4 Click Wheel  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger or the tip of your finger to carefully disconect the orange click wheel ribbon from the logic board.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Use a spudger to pull back on the small black plastic tab holding the click wheel in place.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pull back on the small black plastic tab holding the click wheel in place.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Continue to pull back on the black plastic tab, use your other hand to press down on the click wheel, and begin to slide it out of the iPod.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Continue to pull back on the black plastic tab, use your other hand to press down on the click wheel, and begin to slide it out of the iPod.

  • It's important to press down on the click wheel as you slide it out. Otherwise, the click wheel could be scratched by the iPod's metal casing. To prevent the click wheel from getting scratched during removal/installation, you can place some blue painter's masking tape over the click wheel. It can be easily removed with no residue after all is finished.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Continue to slide the click wheel out until it is free from the iPod.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Continue to slide the click wheel out until it is free from the iPod.

Conclusion

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

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Hi guys. I have problem with ipod mini click wheel. I allreadu order it new one, once i replace it its still problem with them. Once i press menu button or home button.My ipod reset.

See movie below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tJurNl5q...

Is this are problem with Click Wheel, or iPod mother board ?

info, · Reply

Again, be mindful and careful of the little white teeth on the underside of the plastic especially the two on the ends of the long sides.

DITOSP, · Reply

Be *very* careful on the left hand side. It's almost too easy to scrape the click wheel cable and cause damage to it!

LambdaCalculus, · Reply

I used a circlip tool and for removal and reinsertion. It was fast and easy and avoids bending the part. They are also referred to as snap ring pliers.

thezazupits, · Reply

Quote from thezazupits:

I used a circlip tool and for removal and reinsertion. It was fast and easy and avoids bending the part. They are also referred to as snap ring pliers.

There are two kinds of snap ring pliers available. One pivots like regular pliers, one hinges in reverse (when you squeeze the handles, the tips spread). Use the first type.

PZencak, · Reply

My click wheel lost some of its functionality. The back button, and the touch sensitivity to scroll through songs isn't working. :(

coombsnahuel, · Reply

Hi,

I have followed this very good tutorial as carefully as I could and I thank you very much for having posted it!

However, my problem is not solved. After having connect-disconnect issues when used with car charger, the iPod started making faint noise when plugged and refused to charge or start-up. I thought it was a mechanical noise (hard drive?) but obviously it is not the case because battery and hard drive are now unplugged, and the board-screen assembly still makes the same noise when plugged in a USB socket (but of course I can't localize the origin of that noise).

Do you have any idea what it might be due to?

Thank you in advance for any advice,

Maxime

Maxime Gommeaux, · Reply

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