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I have a Microsoft Laser mouse 5000. The wheel is dirty and sticks. How to I get the mouse apart to clean it?

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I have a similar problem but it was not because the wheel was dirty. The vinyl ring on the wheel for some reason becomes abraded after a few months and expands, slowing the wheel down.

I've opened mine up to clean it. It was tricky, and it didn't improve the wheel much.

If you are comfortable with prying apart plastic cases that might snap if you use too much force, here's how to do it.

1. You'll need a small Torx head screw driver. I have a multi-tool called a Teeny Turner made by Picquic. It has multiple philips and torx heads, great for computer parts. (Note: the heads are magnetized, and usually this is a big 'no-no' for computers, so take care to de-magnetize the heads or be cautious about using it on motherboards, etc.)

2. Open the battery compartment gently with your fingernail and remove batteries. There should be a small torx head screw in the battery tray. Remove the screw and gently pull up on the bottom part of the mouse. Now, gently again, pull the bottom part down while pushing it forward. If it doesn't come off easily, stop and examine the bottom part so that you know how the parts are attached. It's at this point where if you aren't careful enough you can break the mouse.

3. If you've gotten the bottom off of the mouse you will be able to get at the mouse wheel. You might need a pair of needle nose pliers at this point because you will have to gently pry off the white plastic that covers the wheel. Again, examine it in order to understand how it's attached to the base of the wheel assembly. You'll have to hold down the black bottom part under the wheel and pry the white cover upwards. It took me 15 minutes to do it without breaking the assembly.

4. Now for the aggravating part: it's neigh impossible to remove the wheel out of the wheel assembly. It's at this point that I simply used lint-free cotton swaps and a degreaser, and cleaned the wheel by hand.

Like I wrote, cleaning mine only helped a little. If I were to do it again, it'd get a moto-tool and shave off some of the interior of the white plastic cover that surrounds the wheel.

Good luck.

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