30 minutes - 2 hours
My iPod Classic 160gb stopped working. I've had it for many years and use it almost every day so, I thought maybe it just needed a new battery.
I have no real experience at repairing things but, my husband can repair almost anything and I have worked with him on many projects. Soooooo. . .when my iPod stopped working and I researched having it repaired, I came across your site and read your excellent Guides for the various repairs and I thought, 'I can do this', so, I decided to replace the battery. As stated in the Guide, the case was difficult to separate but, I did it. Everything was going great until I got to Step 18. I read the warning, 'You only need to lift the locking bar up about 2 mm to free the cable', and thought I was being careful but, before I realized what was happening I had pulled the locking bar totally out of the case. Since I didn't see a way that the locking bar could easily be replaced, I stopped by repair effort. When I opened the case I found quite a bit of corrosion at the bottom so, the problem may not have been the battery. I don't regret trying the repair.
The guide for making the battery repair is excellent. My only recommendation for enhancement of the guide is that, for the novice repairperson, Step 18 contain a stronger warning that the locking bar will separate from the unit, (the solder will be broken), if lifted more than the 2cm.