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Headphones broke off in jack and now is glued in

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  1. Sir B. Fannybottom

    Sir B. Fannybottom

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    Like the title says my headphones broke off in my ipod and refuesed to get out, I thought putting glue in the part that didnt break off and trying to put them together and pull it out would work, but now it's just glued in there. Anyone have some ideas of how to get it out? It's an Ipod Touch 4th gen.
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    Long nose pliers. Be MacGiver.
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    It's surrounded in super glue, I don't think pliers can get them out. I've already tried prior the glue.
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    Your screwed
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    I burnt my hand, and failed a test today, and when I'm mad I don't think things through
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    And you used super glue no less. :laugh: Nice job man. I don't know what to tell you. I can't think of any tricks to help you. Maybe someone else can.
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    Chip away at the glue first then attempt to drill it- think it will work. On second thought, drill it first, then chip away at the glue. The glue will keep it from spinning as you drill.
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    You want to give him a drill?
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    you should replace the 3.5MM jack if its possible...
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    pics or it didnt happen!
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    Well my ipod is my only camera, I'll ask my sister if I can borrow her phone.
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    That sucks! A model store may have some adhesive remover, should do the trick... Places that sell R/C products...

    Good luck :eek:
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    That stuff isnt for super glue man. It will also discolor plastic.
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    Superglue melts, so in theory you could put a soldering iron to it and use pliers to get it out when it melts, but im not sure i want to do that as it requires a fair bit of heat.. Getting out the glue leftovers i have no idea about. You could crack it open and replace the jack, but that takes some work and a steady hand too.

    But yeah, :laugh:.
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    Don't do this. :shadedshu



    Use acetone to break down the super glue then a small needle/pin bent slightly on the end to form a "hook", heat it up and insert it into the broken plastic tip thats in the iPod.

    Wait for it to cool in the plastic and set then pull out.


    I had to do this on an amp because I broke the jack while removing it from a car. :laugh:
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    My friend had this happen.. ended up doing a full rebuild and replacing the headphone jack lol not something I would ever do again.
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    Hobby shops sell superglue debonder idk what effect it will have on the rest of it but it will get rid of the superglue.
    Acetone works if you can soak it, I would not recommend soaking any part of your ipod in acetone it will eat at everything else as well.

    As for the stuck headphone jack you had the right idea with the glue you just need to use much less glue.
    Glue something smaller diameter to the broken jack with just a dot of super glue and you should be able to pull it out if that don't work your going to have to open it up and force out from the inside
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    I would sigh at this point but this is a message board so I guess I'll type stuff instead....


    Use a "q-tip" (cotton bud) soaked in acetone to work it into the super glued area.... take a blade of some kind, a craft knife for example, and slowly "scratch" the glue to remove it.

    Doing this right will have it unstuck in no time at all... doing it wrong will result in nothing worse than whats already happened.


    DON'T put any form of aggressive heat onto it, soldering iron being an example, OR try and glue it to something else... it simply won't work and will cause more damage.



    @OP: Try the above method. I'm sure your sister has some acetone to give you. :toast:
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    Yup, she left about a liter of nail polish remover, Ill try this in a bit
    If the removing of the glue doesn't work how hard was doing this? Did it end up okay?
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    Super glue gel, or the real runny stuff?
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    superglue has some interesting properties that you might be able to use in your favour.

    It is very very weak to Sheer forces. That means if you can shock the bit that is stuck it may free it. Get a metal working scribe tool or a long panel pin nail. Then whist holding the ipod between your legs tap the back of the tool with a light block of wood. You'll have to be gentle or you will go through the headphone jack.

    Then try the superglue pull again. This time use a pin head of glue. And a blunt ended tool. Slide it in the hole and use blue tack to hold it in place while it dries, do not wiggle the tool or you will spread the glue.

    To remove slide directly outwards, do not twist or wiggle. Superglue is extremely strong in tension forces.

    Anyone that doesn't believe me about superglue try this awesome experiment :D Glue your finger to your thumb. Try and pull them apart it'll hurt and rip your skin. Now try pushing your finger and thumb together and sliding apart, They will free with very little force at all. I used this shocking method to take a £230 resin model to bits with a length of wood and a hammer! It came apart with no damage. The model in question :D link


    As for de bonder it does work, But it turns the glue to a gel that is a pain to clean up in tight spaces. It's easier to keep the glue dry and sand off if you have a decent angle of attack. If you can't get a sheer force in place de bonder is the only option, But like i say that gel will probably go into the ipod rather than come out when you try and clean it, and i have no idea how that will affect the pcb's.

    If you do get the end out and find your having difficulty getting sound you may want to raid your sisters vanity kit for a small emery board. Cut it into a slither and run it down the jack a few times.
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    This reminds me of the post somebody made about a "friend" deciding super glue would fix the broken audio jack on his nice new laptop after this friend yanked on the audio cable and broke it.

    Heavy duty tweezers may or may not have been able to yank it out before resorting to the very dangerous and ill advised glue method, but too late for that.

    Seems only thing you can do now is carefully take it apart (or have someone experienced at such things do so). Anyone capable of going that far should be able to just replace the audio jack.

    Personally I wouldn't risk the aforementioned methods causing more damage and/or leaving you with a spotty jack/plug connection.

    You can get 4th gen Touch iPod headphone jacks for less than $3 and there are many easy to follow guides on how to replace them.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Q5UEII/?tag=tec06d-20

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