Introduction

This guide explains how to remove the faceplate from your Roomba.

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  • Place your Roomba upside-down on a hard surface.

If all you need off is the faceplate, skip all of the screwdriver-based steps, and just remove the dirt bin(step 7) and start from step 11 at the rear.

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  • While holding the side brush in place, use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the 4.5mm screw from the center of the brush.

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  • Gently pull upwards on the brush to remove it.

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  • Rotate the Roomba upside-down so the bottom is facing towards you.

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  • Using a Phillips #2 screwdriver, remove the captive screws that hold the bottom plate in place.

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Image 1/1: The battery is only secured in place by the bottom plate, and may fall out once the bottom plate is removed.
  • Carefully lift the bottom plate.

  • The battery is only secured in place by the bottom plate, and may fall out once the bottom plate is removed.

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  • Push on the dirt bin release button, and pull gently.

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  • With a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the ten 12mm screws located along the bottom of the bumper.

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  • Lift the bottom cover and set it to the side.

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Image 1/2: The battery is not secured in place once the bottom plate has been removed, and may fall out when the Roomba is turned right-side up. Image 2/2: The battery is not secured in place once the bottom plate has been removed, and may fall out when the Roomba is turned right-side up.
  • Flip the Roomba over, grasp the bumper, and gently lift to remove.

  • The battery is not secured in place once the bottom plate has been removed, and may fall out when the Roomba is turned right-side up.

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  • Pull up on the front of the faceplate until the friction locks pop out of place.

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  • Continue around the outside of the Roomba, pulling up on the faceplate to free all of the outer friction locks.

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  • Grab the faceplate by the outer edge and pull upwards, freeing the center friction locks in the process.

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Conclusion

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

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If all you need off is the faceplate, you can start at step 11 and skip the 1-10. The bottom and bumper assemblies seem completely unrelated to the faceplate. I removed the dirt bin and started lifiting at the back edge, then worked around the faceplate and it just popped off with no damage.

There are 4 long friction tabs around the circumference, and no tabs at the center. Once the outer friction tabs are free, the center circle of the faceplate comes off cleanly, leaving the display panel, control buttons and the chrome-ish ring. Under the 'IR' in the IRobot logo on the faceplate is the SCI port, more plastic and a number of screws to get to the motherboard.

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