Spudger

$2.95

Product code: IF145-002
Apple Part #: 922-5065

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Spudger

$2.95

Product code: IF145-002
Apple Part #: 922-5065

Product Overview

Safely poke and pry just about anything.

A spudger is a tough antistatic tool that can be used for a variety of purposes when repairing electronic devices. The 5" tool is made of nylon and has one flat end and one pointed end. The pliable and antistatic properties make it ideal for working around sensitive electronic components without fear of shocking or scratching them.

The pointed flat side can be used to disconnect connectors, remove thermal paste from a heat sink, pry off components, aid in soldering, or just to unscrew a MacBook's battery. The pointed end of the spudger can be used to connect/disconnect components, hold objects for soldering, or poke something that requires poking. The tool also includes a notch for hooking wires.

We find this spudger to be the perfect size for most repairs. However, when you need a tougher prying/poking tool, we also carry our Heavy Duty Spudger, a more robust version of this tool. This product is included in a lot of our toolkits, but it's especially helpful in the Pro Tech Toolkit and Soldering Workstation.

Compatible with Apple's "Black Stick", Apple part number 922-5065

Product Details

$2.95 Single

 

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$149.95 100-pack

 

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New

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Repair Shops, Schools, Manufacturers, or anyone else who uses lots of spudgers, save with our 100 pack.

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Stories

My Problem

I had taken my macbook with me on a trip to Scotland and it worked fine all the time there. But when I got back, it would not start up, all I got was the flashing file folder with the question mark on it. I tried all the usual fixes but nothing worked. After making a start-up disk on a flash drive, the computer started up but could not see the HD. I removed the HD and connected it with an external USB cable and it booted up just fine, showing that it was the SATA cable that had failed as was mentioned on this site and others. I ordered a new cable and installed it.

My Fix

It was straightforward, although tricky with the screws being so small. It takes a lot of care and patience and I suggest using some sort of magnifying device and lots of light.

Overall the actual installation took about 30 mins.

After putting the HD back in its slot, the computer started up and now runs just fine.

My Advice

It is an easy and economical fix, and I would recommend anyone to give it a shot. Just get organized, several different containers to put the screws in and get a good set of miniature screwdrivers.

All in all the videos really helped to show how it is done.

Thanks FIXIT!

My Problem

Nothing exciting here - the battery had simply stopped holding a charge, and the condition of the battery had been reported by my mid-2010 13" MacBook Pro as "Replace Soon" for some time.

My Fix

The repair went just fine. I sat down to do it, and realized I didn't have the spudger I ordered (to pry off the battery connector). I still don't, because I had fingernails that day, and I was too lazy to dig the package out of the trash to look for it.

The repair would have gone a bit faster, but I had to take a moment to express my disgust that one of the mounting tabs on the old battery was broken, presumably from over-tightening the screw during a previous repair (had the logic board replaced at an Apple Store).

My Advice

This is a pretty simple repair. Not sure the spudger is needed - just pry the connector off carefully. Just take your time, and don't lose the screws when you remove them (I recommend laying them out in order, so you know where they go on reassembly - this will save you a little time).

My Problem

I hate telephones. Always have. But my wife and I were going to Great Britain, and we might be in separate places and might need to contact each other. Also, her iPhone5 was locked to AT&T, and we might need a cheaper way to make phone calls home. The solution was to revive her ancient iPhone 3gs, unlock it, and get a cheap UK sim to use in the UK.

My Fix

The iFixit instructions were awesome, both the video and the web page, and I got through it, slowly and carefully, in something like two hours. I was very pleased with myself. I'm pretty technical, but at age 67, my eyes are not what they used to be and some of those connectors are REALLY tiny. Especially the little tab that flips up to hold connector 3. But I got it done.

One problem. The battery did not come 50% charged. It came pretty much dead. On turning the device on, I got a black screen. Plugging in the power, I still got a black screen. I thought I had bricked the thing, but I left it plugged in. About 30 minutes later, the screen came to life, but only with the dreaded "Red Battery". But I still left it plugged in. Another hour later, I got a green battery, with a 10% charge, and normal behavior; IT's ALIVE! After that, everything went as expected.

The old 3gs served admirably with a UK SIM and I was able to call locally and back to the US with and old phone and a cheap Lebara UK SIM. Clear as a bell. Who needed a new phone?

My Advice

1) The iPhone 3gs replacement batteries are probably getting a little stale by this time. It might take a couple hours charging to wake one up.

2) Read the instructions very carefully about connector #3; it's a lever and tab connector, not a snap-on like the others.

3) At this point in history, unlocking an old AT&T iPhone was pretty easy; AT&T has a web page for the purpose; put in the right numbers and you're done. I attempted a similar maneuver with my daughter's old Sprint iPhone, and Sprint seems to be incredibly hostile and obstructionist about unlocking. If a phone has ever been a Sprint contract phone, just throw it away. It's not worth your time trying to convince them to unlock it.

My Problem

I battery issue with macbook air and keyboard issue with a older macbook, at first the folks at Apple were accommodating and sid they could replace the battery and keyboard for about $225, then i get a call saying there is water damage and they cannot just replace the bad parts buts all the insides of both computers for $1600

My Fix

I have never worked on computers in my life, in fact i am a tree trimmer and not used to being gentle with things, so i was concerned about my ability become a computer tech, but with the help of of Ifixit i was able to completely tear down my old Mac and rebuild it using a keyboard from a scrap computer and it works great! And the battery replacement on the macbook air was a piece of cake with the proper screwdrivers, fixed them both and added more RAM to the old mac for about $200, Power to the people Thanks IFIXIT!!

My Advice

If i can do it so can you, repair don't replace!

My Problem

My assumption was that I had damaged my hard drive cable during an attempt to upgrade my old hard drive to an SSD.

My Fix

The repair was straight forward and the guide provided a complete an illustrated pathway to success.

My Advice

Upgrade your old computer with new ram and an SSD drive, it's like getting a new computer. It cost me around $500 total which is about a grand less than buying new, and it's better for the environment (I think).

My Problem

As most know, the MacBooks van get extremely hot while running due to some manufacturing "flaw", if you will. In my apartment, I have no windows, so I'm the morning I open the door to let some light in. I live in Louisiana, so the humidity is ridiculous at times. The hother MacBook didn't mix well with the humid weather once I opened my door and cause a condensation layer to form under my MacBook! The screen went out (no backlight) but everything else was completely functional. I thought changing the screen would help so I decided to fix it myself.

My Fix

The repair went great, as far as replacing the screen goes. Keeping track of the screws is the most important thing!! unfortunately, the backlight still does not work and I will bring it to apple with a pity story to see if I can get some type of replacement. If not, I will attempt to replace the logic board myself!

My Advice

bags or labels for screws is a must.

The tools provided by ifixit are okay,

however, there's a multi-screwdriver but set at home Depot that has every bit needed for tiny screws for about $5.00.

My Problem

After checking the Microsoft website and finding out if I send in my tablet(in good shape) with $320 They will send me back a refurbished one. (EBay has them for $99.) I decided to take it apart what the heck it doesn't work anyway. The charger seemed to emit 12 volts. I ordered tools and a charging port from iFixit and about a week later I dug in to it.

My Fix

The hardest part was getting the bezel off with spudger tools. But it came off with only a few scratches. I read somewhere all you needed to do was unplug the ribbon cable and plug it back in and the problem would be reset so with lots of light and a magnifier I did it( I'm an old fart). The reason I didn't replace the charging port was I had no T4 screwdrivers. The port was not the problem anyway.

My Advice

Don't be afraid to dig into it and possibly brake something. What the heck the thing doesn't work anyway.

My Problem

After 6 years of use battery was almost exhausted, lasting less than an hour.

My Fix

Replacing the batter was pretty easy. Especially if you have done things like RAM or Hard Disk replacements. Just needs care and attention.

My Advice

Just be careful and attentive. It's pretty straightforward

My Problem

The cursor had been responding to not only my touches but also to hand movements when there was no contact with the pad.

The click function seemed to be erratic, sometimes several taps were required.

I imagined fur balls and roving colonies gumming the magic works below the pad.

My Fix

Th repair took not quite an hour from the time the package arrived to when the cats were allowed back on the dining room table where the work was performed.

There was much less debris under the old pad and in the case than I had expected.

I found one of the battery hold down tabs shattered as tough it had been crushed on assembly.the plastic fell away as I loosened and removed its screw. I used one of the metal tabs supplied for pad installation as a "washer" when reinstalling the battery.

The pad now responds with a crisp click, the cursor moves predictably and is no longer channeling the gestures of ghosts.

My Advice

Feed the cats before working in their space.

Keep a clear tape dispenser nearby. I make a sketch of the screw layout and tape the tiny parts to the drawing.

Tape was useful in extracting shards of plastic that fell from the broken battery tab.

A narrow strip of paper inserted in through the chassis helped guide the pad's wire ribbon up over the circuit board.The paper was removed once the ribbon found its path.

My Problem

Replaced my dock connector because it became corroded and didn't function.

My Fix

Everything went well except the screws holding the dock connector in were a BEAR! I tried not to, but ended up stripping them completely. I used a small flat head and a hammer to make notches in the screws and with A LOT of elbow grease finally got them out. In that process, the home button ribbon became damaged. Now my physical home button doesn't work, but Apple thought of everything, and under "Accessability" there's an option for a virtual home button. My phone works great now and I was especially happy to be able to get my honeymoon pics off it. Thanks ifixit!

My Advice

Buy the driver kit because the phillips they sent doesn't fit the screws perfectly. Also, be very gentle with the home button ribbon.