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Why would you want or need to modify your perfectly good servo? It turns out that servo motors are great little gear motors that can connect directly...
Parts and tools MG 995 Servo Two 2.2k ohm resistors Soldering iron solder sponge Needle-nose and diagonal pliers Flat and phillips head screwdrivers...
Use your phillips screwdrive to remove the four captive screws on the servo.
Remove the cover that has the 4 screws, exposing the motor and PCB.
These 3 white wires are currently connected to the potentiometer. By the end of this instructable these wires will be gone.
If there is a horn attached to your servo - remove it.
Carefully remove the cover from the back of the servo. This will expose the gears.
Take a picture of your gears, to be sure you remember how they go in when you are done.
Remove the upper most gear and set it somewhere clean and safe. Try not to get the gear dirty.
Remove the gear that has the spindle that pokes outside of the servo. This is usually pretty tight, so pull it off with your needle-nose pliers if yo...
If you look at the gear you just removed, you will see a small shiny pin. Look at your gear and identify it.
Grip the spindle with your needle-nose and pry the pin out with your side-cutter. It will take a little prying but it will come out.
Now that you have the pin out, look at the bottom of the gear. You will see a plastic insert.
Use your flathead screwdrivers to pry the plastic piece out of the bottom of the gear. Try to get the plastic out of the inside of the gear without l...
This is what your gear should look like after you take the plastic out.
Put the gears back together just like you found them.
Snap the cover back over the gears. We're done with this side of the servo now.
Pull the PCB out and cut the 3 wires that connect it to the potentiometer.
Remove the three wires from the potentiometer. You can de-solder them if you like, or you can do it like I did and just pull them off.
We don't want the potentiometer pins getting in the way, so just bend them down so they are flat.
Twist the resistors together, then bend one of the leads down like this.
Solder the resistors together at the twist.
Trim the excess wire above the solder joint you just made.
Trim the other two leads so they are the same length as the one in the middle.
They should look something like the picture when you are done.
Carefully desolder the wires from the PCB. Gently pull the wire while heating up the solder joint and it will come right off.
Solder the resistors to the PCB.
Just a precaution to make sure the resistors don't short against something. Also, be sure the leads on your resistors aren't making contact with anyt...
Stick the motor back in. Make sure it is all the way in and meshing with the gears in the case.
Carefully position the PCB in the case. It may be a tight fit with the tape on it. Just make sure you will be able to get all of the screws in.
Attach cover over the motor and PCB.
Fasten the 4 screws and you are done!
This is the code you can use to test your servo if you are using an Arduino. The myservo.write(90); line sets a standard servo to it's mid-point. It...
The servo connector has three wires - Brown, Red and Orange. Brown connects to the ground of the Arduino. Red connects to the 5V on the Arduino. Or...
If you did everything right, you should be done. Try nulling out the servo, then setting the servo to spin at various speeds in both directions.
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