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Monday, June 16, 2008

Nintendo Wii Tear Down Guide

Need to take apart your Nintendo Wii to perform maintenance? Or perhaps you are just curious as to what it takes to disassemble your Nintendo Wii? Maybe you are even considering putting in a mod chip on your Nintendo Wii and need to take it apart to see what you are in for.

Nintendo Wii Tear Down Guide
Regardless of your particular reason, this is the Nintendo Wii Tear Down and Dis-assembly guide. With it, you will be able to easily take apart your Nintendo Wii Gaming Console in less than 10 minutes. From there, the choice is yours in terms of what you want to do with it: Clean the fan, replace the DVD drive, or even try out a mod chip. Rather than paying $19.95 as some Internet sites want to charge you, you can find the details on this process here in this post!

This post is one of several on how to fix problems with your Nintendo Wii. To see the entire list, click here for the Nintendo Wii Repair Guide.


Without further introductions, let's get to taking apart that Nintendo Wii Game System! First, there are the requirements. You will need two items -- a precision Phillips screwdriver set and a security tri-wing screwdriver (read how to get one here). With those in hands as well as this easy-to-use tutorial, you will disassemble your Nintendo Wii Console in no time. Of course, please make sure that all cables, including power cables are disconnected from your Nintendo Wii before starting.

Here is the step-by-step guide:

1. Stand up your Nintendo Wii console vertically so that the panels that cover the Nintendo GameCube controller and memory ports.
Stand up your Nintendo Wii console vertically so that the panels that cover the Nintendo GameCube controller and memory ports.

2. Gently rotate the panels covering the Nintendo GameCube ports on your Wii beyond 90 degrees until the pop out their holders. They should remove easily from the Nintendo Wii without too much force.
Gently rotate the panels covering the Nintendo GameCube ports on your Wii beyond 90 degrees until the pop out their holders.  They should remove easily from the Nintendo Wii without too much force.

3. Take your precision Phillips screw driver and remove the three screws that anchor in the covering for the GameCube ports. Keep track of the screws as one of these three are longer than the other, the one that is closest to the front of the Nintendo Wii. I have found it easiest to put all of the parts from the same panels in a small baggy in order to make sure they are not mixed up or lost.
Take your precision Phillips screw driver and remove the three screws that anchor in the covering for the GameCube ports.  Keep track of the screws as one of these three are longer than the other, the one that is closest to the front of the Nintendo Wii.  I have found it easiest to put all of the parts from the same panels in a small baggy in order to make sure they are not mixed up or lost.

4. Gently lifting from the same side you removed the screws from, rotate the black cover upwards enabling it to disengage from the two sides and the bottom. Set it aside.
Gently lifting from the same side you removed the screws from, rotate the black cover upwards enabling it to disengage from the two sides and the bottom.  Set it aside.

5. Removing the black plastic cover will unveil 4 additional screws -- 2 Phillips and 2 Triwing screws. Remove these four to complete the tear down for this side.
Removing the black plastic cover will unveil 4 additional screws -- 2 Phillips and  2 Triwing screws.  Remove these four to complete the tear down for this side.

6. A close up view of this Tri-Wing screw on your Nintendo Wii removed in the previous step.
A close up view of this Tri-Wing screw on your Nintendo Wii removed in the previous step.

7. Now turn your Nintendo Wii over and remove the visible Phillips screw that holds the battery in place.
Now turn your Nintendo Wii over and remove the visible Phillips screw that holds the battery in place.

8. There will be a total of 5 screws that you will need to remove from your Nintendo Wii on this side. Three are underneath plastic covers, one underneath the left front foot (the only one left when the batter is removed), and one underneath the battery cover. They are a mix of Tri-Wing and Philips. Be sure to keep track of which screws go on which holes on the Nintendo Wii!
There will be a total of 5 screws that you will need to remove from your Nintendo Wii on this side.  Three are underneath plastic covers, one underneath the left front  foot (when facing it standing on end), and one underneath the battery cover.  They are a mix of Tri-Wing and Philips. Be sure to keep track of which screws go on which holes on the Nintendo Wii!

9. Technique for removing the plastic sticker covers over the screw holes. Use a very small flat-head screw driver to lift the sticker and expose the screws on your Nintendo Wii.
Technique for removing the plastic sticker covers over the screw holes.  Use a very small flat-head screw driver to lift the sticker and expose the screws on your Nintendo Wii.

10. The last screw hole that is underneath the rubber foot. Use the same technique with the flat head screwdriver to remove the rubber foot from the Nintendo Wii.
The last screw hole that is underneath the rubber foot. Use the same technique with the flat head screwdriver to remove the rubber foot from the Nintendo Wii.

11. Now turn the Nintendo Wii so the bottom is facing up. Toward the front, there are two more plastic covers that need to be removed to expose two more triwing screws. Remove the covers and remove the two screws.
Now turn the Nintendo Wii so the bottom is facing up.  Toward the front, there are two more plastic covers that need to be removed to expose two more triwing screws.  Remove the covers and remove the two screws.

12. Still on the bottom, the two rubber feed on the back are concealing the final two screws that this guide requires for removal on the Nintendo Wii. Remove the rubber feet and the two final triwing screws are deep inside the holes. Unscrew them.
Still on the bottom, the two rubber feed on the back are concealing the final two screws that this guide requires for removal on the Nintendo Wii.  Remove the rubber feet and the two final triwing screws are deep inside the holes.  Unscrew them.

13. With all of the screws removed, you can now separate the faceplate on the Nintendo Wii. Pull the faceplate forward gently to separate. However, be careful as there is a power cable connected to the Nintendo Wii.
With all of the screws removed, you can now separate the faceplate on the Nintendo Wii.  Pull the faceplate forward gently to separate.  However, be careful as there is a power cable connected to the Nintendo Wii.

14. Gently use a screwdriver or other pry tool to separate the power connectors for the faceplate on the Nintendo Wii. Do not pull on the cables as they could disconnect from the connector. Remove the faceplate and set it to the side.
Gently use a screwdriver or other pry tool to separate the power connectors for the faceplate on the Nintendo Wii.  Do not pull on the cables as they could disconnect from the connector.  Remove the faceplate and set it to the side.

15. Now flip the Nintendo Wii so that it is setting horizontal resting on the two remaining bottom feet. From the back, lift upwards to separate the outer cover to the Nintendo Wii.
Now flip the Nintendo Wii so that it is setting horizontal resting on the two remaining bottom feet.  From the back, lift upwards to separate the outer cover to the Nintendo Wii.

16. Set the cover to the side to expose the internals of the Nintendo Wii including the DVD-ROM cover.
Set the cover to the side to expose the internals of the Nintendo Wii including the DVD-ROM cover.

17. To expose the entire inside of the Nintendo Wii, lift on the metal heat shield that is a covering over the Nintendo Wii DVD player. It should release with a light pull.
To expose the entire inside of the Nintendo Wii, lift on the metal covering over the Nintendo Wii DVD player.  It should release with a light pull.

Congratulations, you have correctly disassembled your Nintendo Wii. You can not pursue the activity of your choice whether it is a cleaning or a part replacement. In order to re-assemble your gaming console, simply follow these instructions in reverse.

Did you have an easy time with this Nintendo Wii Tear Down Guide? If so, please let me know with a comment!

36 comments:

mom of 3 boys said...

Absolutely the best directions ever! This helped so much, and saved me from taking it to get repaired. I found the screwdriver at MicroCenter for about 3 dollars and cleaned the fan myself. The Wii works great now. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

good instuctions well described procedure

Anonymous said...

Great instructions.
I successfully swapped out broken DVD drive with new replacement. Thanks for making Mom a Superhero!

Anonymous said...

oops, i got the thing disasembled now to remember what length screw went where, perhaps a cross reference would be good.

agentofwrath said...

THANKS! Excellent stuff!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for making this great website!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to thank you for saving me $75. My kids' Wii kept giving the read disc error and it would've cost me $75 to send it to Nintendo. But thanks to your guides, I was able to open it up and see that the problem was that the disc wasn't spinning. I moved a couple of the mechanisms and VOILA, it works!! Thanks

Fausse Intello.. said...

dude, thanks, you save my life..

my 4yr son, inserted some groovy things into the wii dvd drive.

got them out, machine working fine.

hans

markerman2587 said...

This page was very helpful in takeing the Wii apart. I had a DVD game stuck in mine and could not get the power to come on so I could get the DVD out. I found that after takeing off the heat shield,you could take out the four screws holding the coverplate on that covered the DVD and remove the small green card and white strip and then take the coverplate off and have full view of the DVD. You can now remove the DVD. Since my mane problem is not being able to get the power button to stay on so I could eject the DVD, I still have to send the Wii off for repairs to see what caused the mane problem. Hope this helps others with a no power/stuck DVD problem. Mr. Land

fazia said...

i dont unserstand y n e one wud want to no how to disassemble their wii

Anonymous said...

@fazia...

If you can't understand why, then go away.

Some people dont want/cannot afford to keep handing out money over and over to repair something that can be done DiY.

I don't understand why people service thier own vehicles. Go tell someone who gives a sh*t. blah blah blah waa waa :-p

Anonymous said...

it works it really works you are awsome

Anonymous said...

Well I was very pleased for the (FREE) Wii Tear Down Guide - I would have paid the $20 somebody else is asking for but I wanted to see what I was getting before paying.

Your guide is very helpful - clear and in my case I ended up having to replace the DVD drive - but with the help of this guide I was able to replace the drive myself, saving $50 the manufacture wanted to charge me.

Thanks again for doing what you do!

activeman said...

what type of DVD replacement drive would work with the Wii?

activeman said...

what type of DVD replacement drive would work with the Wii. I need to replace the drive and would not know what type and where I can buy the drive. My Wii says "cannot read disc."

Anonymous said...

I did it. I was able to find a piece of toy that had wrapped around the gears. THanks for the help

Anonymous said...

Excellent tutorial, I was able to find a small piece of plastic my 4 year old had posted through the dvd loader.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Perfect!

Anonymous said...

thanks so much!! after following your guide to the letter,I discovered my daughter had put 2 1pence coins in the drive!

Wii now works like new again.
I shall be extra carful now, to make sure she does'nt deposit any more money in the "bank"!

regards, charlieguile

Tripp Knightly said...

Awesome, 1 of the better DIY guides I've ever used, online or off. A couple ideas: Show a picture of the tools needed at start, maybe even a close-up of the triwing. To remember which holes received the triwing screws, I used an extra fine sharpie permanent marker to put a small dot next to the holes.

Anonymous said...

Great guide...
There is only one problem.
I dissambled my wii, but it took far more time than i though so i had to leave for work.
Now when i am back home i have no idea which screws goes where.

Could someone please measure all screws and make a guide on where they should go?

And yes.. I´m serious.

Revenant29 said...

Found a guide that references which type of screw goes where. It does not keep up with lengths but is fairly detailed and shows where each screw goes using colored tabs. This works great for disassembly and reassembly. Just don't force any screws so you don't cross thread any of them. Here is the link. How to disassemble your WII with screw references

zach said...

Amazing thank you this will be a valuable asset to helping fix a Wii.

katy said...

Thank you so much for this!!

Berkut said...

Bravo! Your excellent instructions allowed me to replace a bad DVD drive in about 30 minutes. Kudos and thanks.

Anonymous said...

"You can not pursue the activity of your choice"

I think you mean.."you can now pursue" kinda minor but important

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! That's all I can say! I know you saved me some money. I got some back too, when the Wii spit out 2 quarters after I disassembled it. Now its working fine again. Thank you.

DeWitte said...

You are the bomb! I found your post like a week and a half ago - read through it, ordered a replacement laser and tri-whatever-screwdriver. I replaced it tonight and I just played Wii Sports Resort for the first time in like 8 months. OMG!

Steve (England) said...

Nice. Once I'd bought the tri-wing screwdriver (less than £5 for a complete set from Maplin in the UK) I followed your instructions and stripped it down in 10 mins. Then after removal of a CD cover from inside the machine!!!!!! everything works fine. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I'm having a hard time trying to unscrew one of the triwing screws on the console bottom face... my Wii is around 4 years old now, does it have something to do with my problem?

Anonymous said...

Same here - just remove forien item from dvd tray ( a coin my daughter put in there ) and with following these instructions its fix. Alos next time I will get the tri screw driver . I was able to get them out out with the precision screw driver out it was difficult. so I'll probably pick one up for the future.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!!! I just used your guide to help me open up my wii and give it a cleaning. It was extremely helpful.

Rich said...

My wife and I were not sure how to tell the kids we coudnt afford to have their wii fixed. I found your guide, bought a triwing on the way home from work for $3.00, and had a foriegn object out of the drive in less then 30 min. I laid the screws out on a sheet of paper and color coded the steps they came from and the holes they were in. I then circled the screws on the paper with the appropriate color. Hope this helps others

brian mcelroy said...

really great instructions - thank you! I was able to replace my kids' Wii DVD drive for only about $60 (for the drive and tri-wing screwdriver)

Anonymous said...

Worked like a charm by following the instructions so many thanks for that. For those bin the UK I brought a counsole repair kit. Cost £12 but had everything in it to strip a Wii.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for making this! I just fixed the kids wii in about an hour. Had three disks inside... Would have been faster but I didn't want to order a triwing tool, so I made one. Great instructions.