Spilled coffee on my Droid...


  1. Matthew

    Matthew Well-Known Member

    So today I got out of the car holding my phone and a cup of coffee in one had and tilted my had just enough to get a few drops onto the phone. But not just onto the outside it went into the slider mechanism after cleaning it as best as I could the phone's slider gets stuck constantly and isn't smooth anymore.

    I'm debating taking the phone apart to clean in the slider mechanism. Anybody do this? I'm kinda nervous because if I break it I'm f*****.

    Any ideas?

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  2. istolvampire

    istolvampire Well-Known Member

    Good luck and next time don't drink and Droid.

    seriously though sorry I can't help as I have not attempted this yet but maybe someone can help here.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew Well-Known Member

    This made me laugh so it lightens my mood a little lol.. ugh. I think i might have to go out on a limb and take it part. Maybe. If I do I'll try to post a walkthrough
  4. kbayer

    kbayer Well-Known Member

    I read somewhere that you can drop it into a pot of dry rice and it will dry, clean, and root the phone for you. Afterwards, the rice can be steamed and layered over shrimp or served with a side of calamari and maybe some pineapple.

    Just kidding... coffee fanatic here, so I've had a few close calls myself! Found this vid that might help:

    YouTube - Motorola Droid A855 Take Apart & Repair Directions by DirectFix.com
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  5. jamo

    jamo Well-Known Member

    Do you have insurance? Put behind your back tire and get a new one. If not, I'd suggest getting insurance...
  6. screamster

    screamster Well-Known Member

    it should be faster now. :p
  7. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA VIP Member

    What about some rubbing alcohol? Doesn't it evaporate after a little while? Or possibly air in a can like I use for cleaning my electronics. With the rubbing alcohol maybe you could pour a very very very small amount into the rails for the slider and move it back and forth.
  8. shadowdude777

    shadowdude777 Well-Known Member

    Rubbing alcohol should work well; we rub it all over CPUs to clean off thermal grease all the time, and it's not conductive and evaporates quickly so it shouldn't short anything in the device even if it gets in there. The problem with the coffee is that it might cause shorts somewhere in your phone, but the slider mechanism doesn't really lead anywhere besides with some ribbon cables for the screen, so it shouldn't be TOO bad. If you can deal with the slider being sticky, just deal with it.

    When I was like 7, my friend had a Game Boy Advance and his mom spilled coffee on it. It continued working perfectly but the L button was just sticky.
  9. Matthew

    Matthew Well-Known Member

    Haha, thanks for the rice recipe and video.

    I tried rubbing alcohol actually but it didn't really help. The coffee got so far down there and then it evaporated and left sugar behind.

    1 thing I have learned from this is I need to start drinking black coffee. Maybe then this wouldn't have happened. :eek:
  10. edge

    edge Well-Known Member

    Stay AWAY from solvents such as benzene, gasoline, or xylene.
    Organic solvents should only be used in a proper ventilated environment and with an organics respirator, gloves, and proper waste disposal.
    Go for the 90% isopropyl alcohol after rinsing with distilled water. You can find 99% isoproply alcohol at chemical supply stores for even purer work.



    The best way to drive water out of a PCB or computer is to use “potentiometer cleaner.” You can still get this stuff at Radio Shack or any other place you can buy TV repair parts. It is a pressurized can of liquid solvent that is sprayed through a little tube (like a Dust-Off can) that’s intended to be sprayed into dirty potentiometers to drive out the dirt. It evaporates cleanly and has no effect on the plastics used in circuits or electronic components.



    Good luck
  11. slick

    slick Well-Known Member


    Yeah, I thought spilling coffee on your phone was how you overclocked it :confused::confused::confused:
  12. istolvampire

    istolvampire Well-Known Member


    Glad it lightened your mood. Keep us posted.
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