Razr v3 water damage lcd
Hi there. There IS hope if you do get your phone submerged in water.
The most important thing you can do when your phone gets wet is to TURN IT OFF AND TAKE OUT THE BATTERY. Don't even try to turn it back on and "just check it" until you try to clean it out or let it air dry for several days. I didn't follow this exactly, but I got lucky, you might not if you wait too long.
I just had a phone mishap with a bottle of iced tea (wet and sticky, not a good combo), and thought my phone was completely shot, especially because it was on at the time it got wet. You could see the tea swooshing around beneath the front LCD panel, neither screen would turn on, it just made a steady high-pitched tone, then stopped, although the keypad was still backlit. I tried several times during that day to turn it on, but it wouldn't work. Since I like to tinker, I decided to take it apart, if it was supposedly a gonner anyway.
Google "repairing wet razr v3" and similar search terms. Various sites recommended taking out all the pieces, wiping them down with 90% alcohol (available at any drugstore or Target, etc), letting them airdry or using a compressed air can (or hair dryer on LOW heat setting). You need a special set of screwdrivers called Torx, I found one at Lowes for $6 that had interchangeable sizes of screw bits. Other postings on other sites mentioned either Torx sizes #3, 4, or 5 as the right one, but I had to use different sizes of the bits for various screws, so get a set and not just one size.
Don't be afraid of being just a little rough if you have to, to pry some of the parts off. The electronics/wire connectors between various pieces pop right off, but you will need a very small flat head screwdriver or some tweezers for some things, for example, prying off the outer cover, LCD covers, or lifting off the plastic glued-on backing underneath where the battery goes (you need to lift this off so that you can reach the metal brackets holding the keypad in place). I would suggest taking pictures of the phone at various stages of disassembly, so that you can remember where all the little bits go when you put it back together.
Other postings also talk about there being these little moisture sensing pads on various parts of the phone, that turn red when there's heavy moisture (which is a way that phone companies can tell if your phone is really defective, or if you got it wet, which your warranty might not cover). As an FYI, there are additional pads that you don't see until you take it apart. There was one underneath the keypad, and one underneath the inside LCD. The screws also had some sort of color coding on them on the threads, 2 were red and 2 were green. I don't know if this was b/c of moisture, or a way to tell if the phone had been opened, or they're just made that way for manufacturing.
I put my phone back together, replaced the battery, turned it on, and..... it turned on!!! I called my husband on the land line in another room, I heard him, he heard me. It's worked fine ever since, I can still take pics, all my contacts and text messages were still saved on the phone (whew!).
When I first turned it on, the battery had run down from an almost full charge to one bar, but it recharged fine, although I think it takes longer to do so now. It also seems a little more sensitive to movement, but that is when I'm charging it as well (if I'm charging it while it's on, 2 times it suddenly turned off), although it was acting funny when the charger giggled in the before it got wet, so it's hard to tell if that's a new problem or not. I will probably get a replacement battery for it--$10 on eBay is a lot cheaper than $200-400 for a new phone!
Since most folks will tell you that you now have a lovely new paperweight, and if you don't want to send it to an expensive repair shop, and your warranty doesn't cover it anymore, you might as well try to fix it yourself. The worst that can happen is that it still won't work!
Nov 08, 2007 |
Motorola Mobility RAZR V3c Cellular Phone