1) Obtain some high quality jeweler's screwdrivers. Do not
use cheap screwdrivers or you'll just end up stripping the
heads of the screws leaving your camera unserviceable. The
12 piece Micro Screwdriver Set available at Sears works well
and is reasonably priced at around $20.
2) Get several sheets of blank paper and draw outlines of
your camera on it. Use the outlines to keep track of where
each screw goes when you remove them from the camera. Do this
by placing the screw on the corresponding points on the outline
and writing notes if necessary. This is important because
many of the screws are different sizes and pitches.
3) Ground yourself using a grounding strap.
4) Remove any film that may be in the camera.
5) Pop up the flash and leave it in the up position.
6) Remove the battery cover, battery, eyepiece, and camera
7) While making sure to apply adequate pressure to prevent
stripping of the screw heads, remove the following screws:
a) The screw lying right behind the Canon
logo inside the flash well.
b) The screw under the right (starboard)
c) The silver screw that lies under the
shutter release button in the battery well.
d) The screw that sits under the battery
cover where your right pinky finger is when holding the grip.
e) The 2 screws that are normally covered
by the battery.
f) The recessed screw on the right side
of the baseplate under the grip.
g) Looking from the bottom of the camera,
you will see 2 screws near the tripod socket. Remove the screw
right next to the socket and the 2nd screw nearby under the
h) The 2 screws on the port side of the
baseplate under the PC terminal.
i) The 2 screws that normally sit under
j) The 2 screws on the faceplate above the
k) Loosen but do not remove the 2 screws
which lie on the left (port) side of the camera, above and
below the back cover latch.
l) Note that the screw above the rewind
button on the right-hand side does not need to be removed.
8) Carefully slide off the baseplate. Be extra careful to
never touch the bottom circuit board or the capacitors. These
are used for the flash which was charged when you popped up
the flash. The 330 volts that are now stored in them are sufficient
to give you a good shock.
9) Carefully remove the faceplate. If it is sticking on
the left side, you may want to loosen the screws you loosened
in step k some more and lightly pull the side cover out. Be
careful though because if you pull the cover out too far,
the spring loaded latch assembly will come apart and you will
have to put it back together.
10) Carefully slide off the top cover, making sure not to
stress the flexible interconnects and the wires that still
connect it with the main body. Make note of how the rotary
switch's clear plastic dial on the camera's left shoulder
mates with the command dial. They will have to line back up
in the same way when you reassemble the camera. Also make
sure no buttons or the black/gray conductive pads that lie
underneath them fall out. If they do, simply place them back
where they belong before you reassemble the body, making note
of how to orient the pads by looking at the way they are notched.
11) To reassemble,
reverse the steps above. Take extra precaution to not over
tighten the screws since this can lead to cracking, especially
with the ABS faceplate.