Cell phone fix needed

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by beachbaby32459, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. beachbaby32459

    beachbaby32459 Member

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    I have one of those cell phones that flips open and lately it's been making a crackling sound when I open it and the hinges feel like they are sticking. Would it work to put some oil on them or would that ruin the phone?
     
  2. mountainpass

    mountainpass Under Scrutiny

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    beachbaby32459 have you been to the beach lately?

    I suspect sand or something else is trapped in there. Try cleaning it with compressed air. I doubt oil will fix it, but if cleaning it doesn't work try use mineral oil.
     

  3. beachbaby32459

    beachbaby32459 Member

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    Are you saying rub it with mineral oil to clean it or drop the oil over the hinges? I'm really trying to not have to buy a new phone so I want to be clear on what to do.

    And yes, I was at the beach back in July and am thinking of going back before long since it seems summer may never end.
     
  4. drtybykr

    drtybykr New Member

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    My flip phone has been making a cracking sound for over a year, and it is still going strong.
     
  5. mountainpass

    mountainpass Under Scrutiny

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    beachbaby, Try to clean it first. I don't know how the hinge works, but maybe try running a piece of paper through the hinge like dental floss. Or maybe dental floss!

    The last resort in my mind is oiling it, and even that I'd do sparingly.
     
  6. martin_j001

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    Putting any kind of liquid on it would be a bad idea, imo. The connections for the screen actually run through the hinges--if you want the screen to continue working, its probably best not to get that cable wet. If the cable gets wet, it may not be a big deal, but on either end that cable connects to the main board or lcd itself--those connections aren't liquid proof. The floss idea and compressed air ideas are a good start though... Depending on the model of phone, it may be easy enough to disassemble yourself. You should be able to find a video tutorial on doing so on YouTube or something.
     
  7. N.T.F.S.

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    I too would not use any oil on it, as said early I would try some compressed air or some good old fashioned lungs then pick up some graphite powder in a tube and use sparingly on the hinges. You can get it from any hobby store or Home depot for about 3 bucks