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This guide is rather lengthy as many components must be removed to access the rear facing camera. However, few tools are required and is over all an easy fix.

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  1. Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 3 Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 2 of 3 Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Before taking apart your device, ensure that it is turned off and that your anti-static wrist strap is secured to a ground.

    • Remove the six 10.0 mm Phillips #0 screws from the outer case and remove the cover with your hands.

    • You will not need to pry the case off.

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    • Unplug the battery from the motherboard with your hands.

    • The battery sits to the right of the motherboard.

  3. Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 2 Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Pry the battery gently off of the plastic platform with an opening tool.

    • Do not to puncture the battery, as the material inside can be dangerous.

  4. Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement, Speaker: step 4, image 1 of 2 Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement, Speaker: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the audio cord from the motherboard using a plastic opening tool.

    • When re-plugging this cord be sure it is flush with the slot, otherwise the speaker and directional pad will malfunction.

    • Use caution when unplugging, and re-plugging the ribbon cord as they are fragile.

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    • Unscrew the five 6.0 mm phillips head screws from the board containing the audio jack and directional pad.

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    • Unscrew the three 6.5 mm phillips head screws holding down the speaker to the right of the audio jack.

    • Remove the board and speaker from the device.

  7. Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement, Motherboard: step 7, image 1 of 2 Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement, Motherboard: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Unplug the front facing camera cord with an opening tool to free the top of the motherboard.

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    • Remove the three 6 mm phillips head screws holding the motherboard to the display assembly.

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    • Carefully lift the motherboard out of the case, exposing the last remaining cord on the underside of the motherboard.

    • Disconnect the gold display assembly cord with an opening tool to fully disconnect the motherboard.

    • The device was rotated 180 degrees in order to unplug the display assembly cord.

  10. Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement, Rear Facing Camera: step 10, image 1 of 2 Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement, Rear Facing Camera: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Unplug the rear facing camera located in the top center of the motherboard.

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    • Unhook the small plastic tooth from the underside of the motherboard. This can be accomplished with tweezers.

  12. Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 Leapfrog LeapPad 3 Rear Facing Camera Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the camera out of the top of the motherboard for replacement.

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

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