Introduction

Use this guide to completely strip down your front bezel.

  1. Loosen the two captive Phillips screws securing the access door to the iMac.
    • Loosen the two captive Phillips screws securing the access door to the iMac.

    • Remove the access door from the iMac.

    • Before beginning the repair, unplug the computer and press and hold the power switch for 20-30 seconds, to discharge internal capacitors.

  2. Remove the following four screws:
    • Remove the following four screws:

      • Three 6 mm T8 Torx.

      • One 8 mm T8 Torx.

    • Flip your iMac over and lay it stand-side down on a flat surface.

    • To lift the front bezel off the iMac, simultaneously:

      • Use your thumbs to press in the RAM arms and hold the iMac down.

      • Use your index fingers to pull the small bridge of material on the front bezel toward yourself.

      • Pull the Front bezel up with your index fingers.

    • Once the small bridge of material has cleared the RAM arms, lift the front bezel by its lower edge just enough to clear the bottom edge of the rear case.

    • Re-orient your iMac so it sits upright on the stand.

    • Insert a plastic card up into the corner of the air vent slot near the top of the rear case.

    • Push the card toward the top of the iMac to release the front bezel latch.

    • Pull the front bezel away from the rear case.

    • Repeat this process for the other side of the front bezel.

    • It may be necessary to apply several layers of duct tape to the top of the access card to aid in releasing the latches.

    • If the bezel refuses to release, try pressing the lower edge back onto the rear case and repeat this opening process.

    • Lay your iMac stand-side down on a table.

    • Lift the front bezel from its lower edge and rotate it away from the rest of your iMac, minding the RAM arms that may get caught.

    • Lay the front bezel above the rest of the iMac.

    • If necessary, remove the piece of kapton tape(it is ok to toss this) wrapped around the microphone and camera cables.

    • Disconnect both the camera and microphone cables.

    • Remove the strip of tape covering the camera board.

    • Remove the two T6 Torx screws securing the camera board to the front bezel.

    • Lift the camera board out of the front bezel.

    • Use a spudger to pry the microphone off the adhesive holding it to the front bezel.

    • Front bezel remains.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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