Attack of the baby iPhone self-repair

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by amuderick, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. amuderick macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    My 1 year old got ahold of my iPhone when I wasn't looking. Before I knew it, the phone was covered in teething slobber. A few hours later, the connector was covered in green corrosion, the home button was flaky, the speakers were 1/4 volume, and the phone continually asked to be put in Airplane Mode so that interference with a phantom accessory would be reduced.

    The genius at the Apple Store told me I had voided my warranty and the only solution was a replacement phone. He also told me that "whatever is in there will continue to move up inside the phone until it kills its brain". That set off my Baloney Detector and I left.

    I went to Radio Shack and purchased some contact cleaner (non-lubricating). I sprayed it all over the connector and used the attached brush to wipe that clean. Then I sprayed the contact cleaner into the speaker holes, headphone jack, home button edging, etc. I then put the iPhone on the top of my clothes dryer and ran it for 2 hours to get all that fluid vibrating. Then I blew a lot of canned air into the headphone jack and recovered a lot of contact cleaner as it dripped out the speakers at the bottom.

    At this point the screen was swimming in fluid trapped in tight spaces between the backlight, screen, and front glass. I put the iPhone in the oven wrapped in a towel to bake it at 140 degrees F for 8 hours. I used an infrared thermometer to make sure the temperature didn't go any higher (which would damage the LCD screen). That boiled off all the contact cleaner.

    The phone was completely repaired and as good as new. Home button: fixed. Speaker volume: fixed. Accessory popup: fixed. Connector: fixed. Screen: clean as a whistle.

    If you are faced with having to buy a new phone, you have nothing to lose trying this method.

    Good luck!
  2. Kevin83165 macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2006
    Wow I am glad of 2 things, you saved your iPhone by some logical thinking plus you broke your baby in the right way. I teethed on a coffee table caused all sorts of anguish:(
  3. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    ya, it's not a virus .. it's not going to spread into the "brain" of the phone ... :rolleyes:

    - I would be cautious about subjecting the phone to that much heat... not for melting reasons, but for the sake of the battery ... i read something about permanently losing batter life if it gets hotter than x-degrees....and they said not to leave it in the car in the summer... (although a new batter is a lot cheaper than a new iphone...)

    - overall - good job!
  4. koojay macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2009
    Amuderick -

    Can you be more specific about exactly what contact cleaner you used? I haven't used contact cleaner before so am unfamiliar with it, by and large.

    As usual, the cust service at Radio Shack was useless. Thank goodness for the internet!

  5. amuderick thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    Contact cleaner is pretty much anything labeled 'contact cleaner'. You can't go wrong. It is an oil-based spray that will remove corrosion and oxidation of electronics. It is usually composed of the lighter oils like naptha, etc so that it will evaporate fairly easily.

    Here it is labeled 'precision electronics cleaner'...sounds more fancy that way I guess.

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