Alright, so all the “is it or isn’t it” is over. it is. And the waiting for it is over, it keeps staring at me accusingly for a week now. I have read all the official stuff several times, even pointing out mistakes by them.
I am still not well prepared to replace it. I am wondering if anyone else, having replaced it, has some more insights, cool tricks, hazards to watch for, etc as it was trickier than it looks and way more than they explain.
Well it’s fairly simple overall. The trickiest part for me was being careful it didn’t stick to the glass until I had it properly positioned. The glue is quite aggressive and you won’t want to have to pull it back off if you don’t get it all lined just right.
I read all the instructions like five times, then my husband decided to replace it for me…without reading the instructions or listening to me while I repeated the instructions over and over again.
Overall, I say that it was more stressful for me than for him; I think he wasn’t as emotionally tied to the life of the machine. In the end, it took less than five minutes and machine worked perfectly, despite me telling him where he needs to put everything and him completely ignoring me.
You absolutely don’t want to start removing the cable before those connectors are released and the cable removed. They are not designed for repeated insertions and are very delicate.
GF had no idea these would fail like they have, but in hindsight, both the cable and connectors are very poor design choices. Another small board on the lid, with a cable designed for repeated flex between it and the one on the back, would eliminate this issue.
That is what is scaring me a lot, Rather it take longer than screw this up. For all the ideas they got right the fails are really hurtful. Reminds me a lot of all the research NASA did to come up with the tiles and never considered the glue.
Well I got it off! clean and put in new now.
ended up using very fine needle nose pliers