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Old Aug 1, 2008, 02:06 PM   #1
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Possible to remove/clean ipod nano 2nd gen clickwheel

I recently purchased a broken ipod nano 2nd gen to use for parts to fix another one but was surprised to find the only thing wrong with it was the center/action button is not working. I reset it but it still did not work so i opened it to find that the previous user had gotten sand inside it so i cleaned out the sand. I put my other hard drive inside it to test the button and it is definitely the middle button not working and not the hardware itself. I figure some grains of sand may be preventing the center button from working although i am not positive as i do not know exactly how it works. So i was wondering if there are any guides/videos to taking apart the click wheel out there for a 2nd gen nano. I figure if it cannot be easily fixed i either now have a "nano shuffle" OR i can just buy a remote for it. Any links/advice? Thanks!
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Old Aug 1, 2008, 06:25 PM   #2
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Try searching google or youtube, how did he get sand that deep into it?
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Old Sep 4, 2008, 07:03 PM   #4
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I'm trying to replace a busted clickwheel/audio jack in a 2nd gen myself, and unfortunately the iFixIt guide does not have a set of instructions for that piece.

Their 1st gen Nano guide does, which is a shame. I think I will be winging it tonight, as the thing can't get any worse than the completely broken it already is.
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Old Sep 8, 2008, 03:10 PM   #5
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If there was answers on that site or google i would have never posted here.

Let me know if it works out for you BooDoo. I don't want to attempt it myself because its only the action button not working so i figure if i cant clean it at least i have a $5 nano shuffle now lol
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