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Screw in the headphone socket

There is a screw lodged in the headphone hole (bottom right) of my daughter's iPod. I think one of her friend's may have inserted it there. How do I get it out? Thanks.

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  • ams7047 Jul 10, 2008

    It is somewhat loose in the hole. It probably needs a thin forceps that I can use to grab the screw; however, I do not have one. I will try a watch repair store.


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To be honest i would see how well its jammed in there. if you cant extract it by hand then use a screw driver and undo it because either way its gonna be damaged.....only problem is you might not be able to put a headphone jack in the hole because the screw may of opened it up too much.

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The actual part is only one dollar! :) Here is the URL to view the part and decide if you wish to go that route instead of apples so called great rout of Charging a lot of money for something so small and simple.

ON the web page you can also get the free guide to repairing your iPod touchl. Please let me know if any of this information is unsatisfactory or if you have any difficulties. And also remember to rate our experts ;)

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