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My camera battery clip broke in my Kodak EasyShare dx7630 .Kodak sent me a new clip I have the old spring . How do I install the clip and spring?

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  • Anonymous Oct 21, 2008

    My battery latch broke, too, and I have a replacement, too, and also can't seem to get it put back in with the spring. I can get the latch into its position alone, but not with its spring. It might help if someone could post a photo of a 7630 latch and spring in place.

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    Tom Fitzsimmons Oct 21, 2008

    I'm in the same boat. Have replacement latch, still have old spring, but can't get the latch and spring in together. I have the camera pulled apart so that I can slip the latch in where it belongs, but can't get the spring in there. It might help if some kind soul would post a photo of a working latch and spring.

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Well, I got the latch and spring back into my DX7630, and so far (half an hour after) so good.

To do this, I had a replacement latch from U.S. Camera ($10 total, latch plus shipping and handling) and the original spring on hand. I took all of the eight screws holding the camera body together. I also pulled off the "rubber" hand grip on the front of the camera. I'm not sure if that was necessary or not, but in doing it I broke off one of the "claws" that secure the grip.

Then I turned the camera so the battery door was on top, opened the door, and gently pried the camera body halves apart. I used "square" wooden toothpicks to hold the body apart so I could get at the latch area. (The battery was not in the camera during all this work.)

There are two small slots in the camera body where the latch is held and pivots. The latch pivots can be slipped into those slots if the toothpicks have the body wedged open widely enough.

The hard part of the assembly is getting that latch spring properly mounted. The spring fits over the rod of the latch. The spring wire has two ends: one is shorter. The shorter-end goes behind the latch on the memory card side. The longer-end makes the job difficult. It must be held so that the spring is under tension while the battery side latch pivot is slipped into its slot, then the memory card side latch pivot is slipped into its slot. The longer spring-end presses against the camera body.

The latch and spring only flew away into the darkness of this room once during the effort, and that happened because I tested the latch a few times before closing the camera body. The body halves should be closed before doing any latch testing.

I put all the screws back into the camera snapped the rubber hand grip back in, put in a battery and a memory card, and at this writing, all seems to be working as designed. Hooray!



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    Tom Fitzsimmons Oct 21, 2008

    In future, I am going to be very gentle with the camera latch. I'll move the latch back to remove the battery, and as the battery slides out, I'll hold the latch so it doesn't snap forward when the battery is out. When inserting a battery, I'll follow Kodak's recommendation, and angle the battery so it presses the latch away (gently, now). As the battery slides in, I'll hold the latch so it doesn't snap into position over the battery. Here's hoping this helps.

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