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Old 02-25-2011, 05:52 AM   #1
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Question 2,5mm stereo Plug broke in jack. How to get it out?

Hi!

The front most part of the plug of my 3,5mm ot 2,5mm adapter broke off in my phone's jack (on the pic, it's the part from the tip to the first black ring). The tip has a very small wire in the middle, about 0,5-1 mm high and not more than 0,5 mm thick which can probably be grabbed by something.

I already tried:
  • Disassembling the phone. The Jack is sealed beyond my abilities to open and close it without permanent damage.
  • Putting some super glue on the remaining part of the jack and hoping they will stick together and I'll get them both out - didn't work.
  • Praying. Also didn't work.

Any ideas are welcome!
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:21 AM   #2
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Are you near an optician? They have these tiny instruments.
Or you could try to insert a tiny toothpick in the broken part - carefully let some superglue run down along that toothpick - let it harden and try to lift the toothpick and broken piece out.
Probably the metal spring inside the telephone has gripped that jacket, so there will be too much resistance to get it out with a toothpick.
I think the optician would be your best bet. Good luck
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You are genius. I can also ask a clock repairer!
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You are genius. I can also ask a clock repairer!
Yes, hadn't thought of that one; and I have the clock-repair-instruments from my father here. ( he was a teacher, but repaired clocks as a hobby).
Good luck; I always love to solve things like that; wish it were my phone!
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:12 AM   #5
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me too! It's my girlfriend's, which makes the whole repairing thing really hard, since she can make calls and listen to music even so. In harmony with my learning: it's a compliance problem.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:06 AM   #6
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I found this regarding an individual that had a broken jack in a Mac Book. I've no idea if it will work for you, but I thought I would share.

"Took me 5 - 10 minutes, after thoroughly researching. Don't open the computer and don't use magnets - risk of damage and it won't get you anywhere. Glue probably works, but you need the right kind, a REALLY steady hand, and time for it to cure; you risk getting glue in the jack - not good! Here's how I did it: take a paperclip and straighten out the first loop, leaving a loop to act as a handle. The opened out loop is about 4.5cm (nearly 1.5 ins) long. With pliers, bend about 2mm (about 1/16 in.) at the end about 45 degrees to the side. Look in the jack (torch/flashlight helps) and see where the holding/contact springs are. (Mine were on the side of the jack towards the back of the laptop. You can only see the 1st one.) Insert the opened out paperclip so that the bent end points away from the springs (on mine, towards the front of the laptop), and push gently until you reach the end. (The broken audio plug tip is hollow, so your extraction tool is now inside the tip.) Apply pressure away from the springs and pull gently back. The broken tip will clear the first spring, and your extraction tool will probably lose grip. Now gently repeat to clear the 2nd and 3rd springs, without pushing the broken plug back in. After the 3rd spring is cleared, the broken tip falls out and you experience a great feeling of well-being! You also saved yourself a lot of cash! It's good practice to switch off the laptop and remove the battery first, of course."
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Thanks a lot jinlo, only in my case the wire connecting the tip to the (now disconnected) base stayed inside, so I can't reach into the tip. But it sure gives some ideas and I'll look at it tonight! Thanks again!
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Remove Broken & Stuck Stereo Jack From Plug

Hi Jinio,
Thanks so much for your post which guided me towards a fix.


I used the tip of a protractor to remove the snapped of stereo jack from my Powerbook G4.

Gently push the protractor tip into the stereo jack. You do have to exert a fair amount of force and soon you'll notice the sharp point of the protractor piercing the snapped off stereo jack tip. Once fully embedded, gently remove the jack tip whilst simultaneously pushing in the opposite direction of the stereo jack plugs gripping springs and voila it popped out.

Now to see if the stereo out plug still works
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:50 PM   #9
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Hi Jinio,
Thanks so much for your post which guided me towards a fix.


I used the tip of a protractor to remove the snapped of stereo jack from my Powerbook G4.

Gently push the protractor tip into the stereo jack. You do have to exert a fair amount of force and soon you'll notice the sharp point of the protractor piercing the snapped off stereo jack tip. Once fully embedded, gently remove the jack tip whilst simultaneously pushing in the opposite direction of the stereo jack plugs gripping springs and voila it popped out.

Now to see if the stereo out plug still works
A protractor? Do you mean compass? Or are we in a "words mean different things in different countries" situation?
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Def: Protract: to drag something out. Hence, protractor: a tool to drag something out. Makes perfect sense to me.

Nope, I'm pretty sure that 'compass point' was the tool that was used...
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Hi Bilbo1967, Pholy,

I made a mistake. It was NOT a protractor.

I used the tip of a "Helix Professional Compass".

And my latin is not good enough to know the historical context of "protractor".

Thanks for pointing that out
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