Metal Spudger

$2.95

Product code: IF145-012

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Metal Spudger

$2.95

Product code: IF145-012

Product Overview

For when you need that unyielding edge.

  • While our first-choice tool for poking and prying is always our trusty plastic spudger, sometimes you need a little more power behind your pry. In those instances, this metal spudger is the ideal tool for the job.
  • Features a comfortable, easy-grip handle and is great for prying up all sorts of tough components.
  • For the metal spudger fanatic, we also sell a set with an entire assortment of four different metal spudgers, for all of your hardcore spudgering needs.

Be sure to exercise caution when using this tool. With its great strength comes the potential to scratch or otherwise damage components that might be better served with plastic tools such as a spudger or plastic opening tool.

Product Details

$2.95 Standard

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

$2.95 Spade

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

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My Problem

Because I didn't wanted to buy a new one

My Fix

Labeled very hard tje repair went very well event though I0m not very good with my hands (hardest part open the ipod)

My Advice

Opening the IPod was a nightmare no advice on that just good luck for the rest just follow the instructions and you'll be well

My Problem

The lock button was broken and the iPod was always locked despite the position of the switch.

My Fix

It went great. The guide was very informative and made it easy. I took my time and went very slowly reading each step multiple times.

My Advice

The plastic opening tools are not very helpful. If you can get the putty knife in the case without them, you can skip that step. Also don't be afraid to be a little rough with the iPod when inserting the putty knife, as I had to and I still didn't irreversibly bend the case. Ultimately just allot a good amount of time and take your time and it should go well.

My Problem

The jack had just stopped working on my son's iPod. I couldn't bear to junk it, couldn't afford to have it fixed, am just a DIYer at heart. The cost of parts and tools was very reasonable.

My Fix

The toughest part of this job by far was getting the case open at the very first step. Plastic tools were neither tough enough nor sharp enough. The metal spudger might have helped if its tips were sharper, but they were just too blunt (I ended up not using it at all). I ALMOST got into the case with the flat end of the nylon/plastic spudger but it, too, was just slightly too blunt. I ended up (very carefully; mine was pretty sharp) using the large blade of a Swiss Army knife to get enough of an opening into which I could insert the plastic opening tools.

The putty knife was an absolute MUST. I could not have gotten past the small metal one-way tabs that line the inside edges of the back of the case without it. Once you lever in to the opening you've made with the plastic tools, DON"T get too vertical as you force the flat tip of the putty knife downward into the opening. I did this, not realizing how the metal catch mechanism that holds the back panel of the iPod onto the front is attached (spot welded?) around the inside perimeter of the case's back piece. By pressing down too vertically, I caught this metal retainer in one spot and bent it way out of shape. It took some finesse along with force to put it back into place once I had the case completely open. So, once you're able to get the putty knife into the opening, angle it a few degrees (probably only 5-10 degrees ought to do it) as you press it into the case opening. I was surprised how much force was needed to get the putty knife "all the way in" (actually was only maybe 3/16" or 3-4mm). I did not have any difficulty with the corner where the headphone jack is located, as cautioned in the excellent article.

My Advice

I have done a fair amount of small-scale repairs and thought my assortment of Philips screwdrivers would be adequate for the job. But couldn't believe how tiny the retaining screws for the headset jack itself, and the Hold switch are. So if you don't have a size #00, purchase the one offered with the kit. I was lucky enough to have a friend who was a certified Apple Repair outlet for some years, who loaned me this tool.

The nylon spudger was very helpful when manipulating the tiny plastic tabs that hold the ribbon cables in place, and when clicking these back into place during reassembly. Pay close attention to the wording on Step 18 - disconnecting the battery ribbon cable: you only need to lift the hinged plastic retainer clip, not remove the entire plastic connector piece from the circuit board (which was relatively easy for me to do by getting the tip of the spudger down very low into the small opening) - see enlarged photo where the spudger tip is in exactly the right place to lever under this rounded black plastic "clip" to pop it loose.

My Problem

Voltage issue with USB port on PC made USB data pin on phone to stop working but charged just fine. Not a problem with wireless adb but while flashing new rom, I mistakenly deleted everything on the phone including the rom zip. I tried everything to get the rom zip on the phone from usb-otb to different cables to battery drains but nothing worked.

My Fix

Having given up, I got a cheap phone. While m7 sat in the closet. Recently, I was cleaning my room and spotted my m7 abandoned it didn't feel right. Decided to get a new m7 usb port and replace the faulty part. Hardest part was taking out the back cover off m7. Replaced the usb and it worked! Finally back from dead.

My Advice

Turns out m7 is really hard to get the back off without damaging the cover so I got $11 back cover replacement. Youtube video on replacing just the usb without removing all the other parts with help of tweezers helped lots. Shipping to Canada is a strange paradox, I want product to arrive fast however if I pay over ~$30USD (~$40CAD) for 2 day fedex shipping, I get charged extra $15CAD by fedex for faster customs passage. And regular delivery takes minimum 1 month and costs ~$15USD (~$20CAD). ifixit needs to update shipping speed and costs to Canada. And oh I got rid of the faulty usb ports on the PC as well, took less than 3 minutes and a Phillips screwdriver.

My Problem

I repair electronics for a living. The metal double sided spudger has proven to be the most used tool in my shop for cellular and mobile device screen replacement. When we lost the only one we had, I was sad. So I ordered 2 more.

My Fix

Absolutely terrible. The 2 spudgers I received were thick, non flexible and un-usable. I tried calling ifixit to no avail, they have such a terrible phone system you just get hung up on within 2 minutes and they pretend its not them but it is. I tried emailing sales and support, also to no avail!

My Advice

My advice,do not purchase tools from ifixit. The spudgers WERE nice once upon a time, but now they suck. Support for sales is also entirely non existent in my experience.

Anything sold on ifixit.com can be purchased elsewhere without the markup for the name, nor the hassle of no sales support. Reagrds, Phil May, www.northendelectronics.com

My Problem

Went surfing on the big island and forgot the Galaxy Note in the pocket of my shorts.

My Fix

The repair was enlightening and the experience indispensable however the salt had remained too long and though I soaked and lightly scrubbing the components in 91% alcohol for thirty plus minutes I could not revive my phone after meticulously reassembling it.

My Advice

Next time (yes, there will be a next time) I will immediately submerge the phone again in fresh water after removing battery, SD and SIMM cards. I will not allow it to dry placing it in a plastic bag until I am able to disassemble and soak in alcohol. Then use blow drier (air only no heat) to dry and then place the parts in a sack of rice over night. Most important, I will not be in a hurry.

My Problem

The phone when connected to the charger, gave a error message, use the correct charger, then quit charging, i then conected the phone to the computer, still no charge, and I also noticed that it wouldn't conect to the computer! If I send it for repair, i will lose everything.

My Fix

With Ifixet and YouTube videos, the disassembly went well, but I'm a clutz, to hold a heat gun and prying is not going to work, so I came up with a new idea, with ebay, i found parts to make a cheaper, safer heat source, and it worked like a champion. I got a dead GS5 from eBay and used it to practice with, and it is working now.I want to show my setup but I cannot get my photos here.

My Advice

Go slow, watch the video many times, take notes, especially when sliding the adhesive cutter, the adhesive is only 2 mm wide, and at the bottom be very careful or you could cut the led lights, open from the top and unstick the led pads.

My Problem

I repair my own and friends' and clients' computers, I needed to stock up on tools and supplies.

My Fix

To quote Al Green's song: 'How can you mend a broken heart?" These tools didn't do it...

My Advice

Yea. Don't ask a wiseacre like me for advice, I'll tell you to wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident.

My Problem

La jack était abimée, le son ne sortait plus que d'un côté

My Fix

J'ai mis près de 45 minutes pour la réparation, le plus difficile étant l'ouverture de l'iPod, comme expliqué dans le guide ! Mais on finit par y arriver, et le résultat est parfait ! :D

My Advice

Regardez bien sur les photos pour utiliser le bon outils parmis les 2 en plastique pour ouvrir l'iPod : ils sont différents au niveau de la largeur et utiliser le bon marche mieux au début (logique ? pas pour moi...)

My Problem

My son lost his balance and landed on the open drive tray of our Xbox 360S, leaving the gears misaligned.

My Fix

Removing the case from the Xbox was exceedingly difficult with the tray sticking out the front, accessing the back side to pry apart the clips was quite awkward to do.

Fixing the drive itself was a matter of brute force, as there are no iFixit guides for the drive itself.

Side note, a TR8 Torx was not needed for this fix

My Advice

For the lite-on phillips drive, you pretty much have to use brute force and a little prayer. Once you remove the rubber piece near the back (sound dampner and it keeps the drive from wiggling), remove the sponge foam strip at the front (allows the drive to close silently) and the 4 screws. You then remove the top piece (some videos will actually have you remove the top spin plate, but that is not necessary). Slide the drive components towards the front, after lifting the front to clear the base pins from the other half of the case. Then carefully remove the drive tray from the side lips holding it in place, starting from the back of the drive and using it's flexibility to free it one tab at a time towards the front.

Once free you'll notice a small guide pin on the right side (from the front view) near the gears, manually rotate the gears (lowering the lens assembly) untill the pin lines up on the far right side (there should be a guide track for it on the bottom of the tray). Slide the tray back into place making sure the guide pin is properly aligned into the guide track.

You can do a partial reassembly to test the fix, but be careful as the power cord "key" is a molded part of the case, so it can be inserted upside down.