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Since the first day of purchase, my iPhone 4S made some weird noise... After quick search on the web got to the sad conclusion of that I'm part of the few who has this problem. Unable to replace it in an Apple Store, further browsing brought me to iFixit website. Reasonable price, detailed tutorial... well I though let's give a try.
Replacement parts and some specific tools arrived in a couple of days and I was preparing for the "surgery" :-) Seriously, it was not easy but the guide was just perfect, precise giving all necessary details to execute. Took me about 20 mins the whole process. (not without stress :-) After reboot everything was fine. Just as new.
This is my second experience with iFixit and both were great. I truly recommend. Thanks, Rob
My iPhone vibrate motor got very loud when it was activated, then a couple weeks later, stopped working altogether. After a bit of research, it seemed worth it to replace the motor (any troubleshooting that involved not replacing the motor basically involved all of the repair steps up to replacing the motor, so figured give it a shot).
It went amazingly well! I followed the repair guide almost exactly. It took one hour and 52 minutes. Definitely used the comments as well as the steps. I used an egg carton plus an additional storage vessel with many compartments, labeling each one as I went with the step and color for each screw. Also laid out white sheets of paper under where I was working. And I taped the egg carton to the desk, for when I inevitably bump it and send it flying. Definitely a good choice.
Take your time and seriously label everything. Note when removing odd little grounding clips and covers, as putting them back in is easy, as long as you take your time. I used a second person a couple times to hold a tool against a screw, help pull tape back, label things, and for overall moral support.