Introduction: Nexus One Car Dock Repair
Let's face it nexus one owners, we bought in on an accessory that is now out of warranty, and was defectively designed on the top bar. It's a fantastic car dock that triggers the car home app, turns on bluetooth, has speakers and charges the phone. But, when that top tab breaks at that point, it no longer applies sufficient pressure on the phone to activate the cradle charger. HTC won't admit to a design flaw, but I know that it is one, because nearly every single break that I have seen in photos show that it fails in the EXACT SAME SPOT EACH TIME. To those that have braved the HTC support line and actually gotten a replacement out of them, good on you. This is for the rest of us that either the dock is out of warranty, or we couldn't get HTC to admit that it made a product with a design flaw.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
Tools and supplies that I used are as follows;
1. The damaged dock in question
2. A leftover wire (I used a cat 5 patch cable)
3. A wire cutter (I used the cutter on my leatherman)
4. An x-acto knife
6. A surface that you can cut and glue on (that isn't your expensive laptop that you just bought three months ago like I nearly started doing)
Step 2: Use the Glue
Put some glue in the crack and over it, then hold it together with some pressure for a minute.
Place the dock aside and let it cure while you move on to the next step.
Step 3: Prepare the Wire
Now, here I cut a segment of the cat 5 cable with my leatherman, then cut into the wire sheath with the x-acto knife.
After cutting it open, remove the contents and save for another project if you like. After that, cut a segment of the wire sheath long enough to cover the crack in the dock and overlap on both sides. Mine was 3/4 of a centimeter, but you could do it longer as well.
Step 4: Paste It On
Try whatever wire sheath you have over the crack as a dry fit. Trim whatever excess you have and don't need.
Apply a dab of superglue to the crack again, over the already dried glue and spread it all the way around the crack.
Now press on the wire sheath/patch over the glue. Hold it in place over the glue for at least a minute. Make sure you press it until you see glue coming out from the sides of the patch. Make sure you don't accidentally glue your fingers to the dock.
After that, put a dab of glue on over the patch, completely covering it, adding a bit more strength to it.
Leave it overnight in a cool, dry place to let the glue cure completely.
Step 5: Enjoy Your Repaired Dock
As such, you shouldn't press on that tab anymore, because that twisting stress on that plastic bar is what caused it to fail in the first place.
From now on you should pop your phone in and out in this fashion