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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 strap.

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) camera strap.
   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 lensmount.
   h) The 2 screws on the port side of the baseplate under the PC terminal.
   i) The 2 screws that normally sit under the eyepiece.
   j) The 2 screws on the faceplate above the lensmount.
   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.


DISCLAIMER: The following information is for informational purposes only. No guarantee is made or liability assumed regarding the following information. Modifications you make to your camera are taken at your own risk. Because mistakes may result in permanent damage to your camera and any disassembly will void your warranty, it is strongly recommended that no attempts be made to modify cameras if you are not experienced in working with similar devices and unwilling to take the said risks.



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