Renewing The Appearance of A Motorola V635

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How to take a beat-up looking Motorola V635 phone and return it to pristine appearance is the topic of this guide. Level One changes require no tools other than your finger nails and a toothpick and some common sense. Level Two changes require a T-6 driver and an ability to work with small objects and delicate objects in addition to common sense.

Level One

Basic renewal of the appearance of the Motorola V635 includes the removal and replacement of of the following parts:

  • Front Flip Cover - metal                         P/N 1589161Y02
  • Battery cover - metal                             P/N 1589095Y02
  • Front flip Fascia - plastic                        P/N 1588388Y02
  • CLI Screen Lens Bezel - chromed plastic P/N 6188415Y02
  • CLI Screen Lens - clear plastic part of     P/N 6188415Y02
  • Camera lens cover                                  P/N 6188378Y01
  • Camera flash lens                                   P/N Not available/unknown
  • Antenna                                                P/N 8588254N05
  • Main LCD Lens                                     P/N 688176N02
  • Keypad                                                 P/N 3888387Y01

Start by removing the metal pieces and placing to the side. The front flip cover slides down by inserting your fingernails between the cover and the hinges and pushing the cover off the end of the flip. The battery cover comes off by depressing the chrome button on the lower rear of the handset and pushing the cover toward the top of the phone while lifting up the cover from the body of the handset.

The flip will now have a the black plastic fascia exposed. Using your fingernail gently pry up the fascia starting at both sides of the Motorola Rondel. Use care in working past the CLI screen bezel. Use extra care when in the area of the camera lens cover and camera flash lens as these parts are prone to go flying and are difficult to find when they do. Also, good luck trying to replace them if they are lost. On some handsets, not all, there is a metal piece that is under the fascia that runs between the hinges. Be sure not to break or remove this. Gently push it back into position if it sticks to the fascia. Place the fascia to the side and be sure to collect the camera lens cover.

The CLI Screen bezel is held in place at the top and bottom by pegs that insert into the metal piece that is secured by four T-6 screws. The bezel is also held by adhesive. Carefully work the bezel away from the metal plate. The flash lens is secured by being trapped between the bezel and the metal plate so keep good track of it once you begin to loosen the bezel. Place the bezel to the side. Keep track of the flash lens. The CLI screen lens will now fall off when you pick up the phone. If it doesn't fall off you'll have to gently lift it from a corner. Be careful to not allow the adhesive on the lens to transfer to the CLI LCD. It's a bother to remove. Put the lens to the side also.

Take the replacement CLI bezel and place it face down on your work bench. Insert the flash lens into the bezel. Insert the CLI screen lens into the bezel. The CLI screen lens is positioned by pins in the bezel and reliefs in the lens. Be sure to have it aligned properly. With the flip closed, gently push the phone onto the bezel being sure to have the two pins, one at the top and one at the bottom of the bezel, lined up with the holes in the metal plate. Check to be sure the flash lens is where it belongs.

With the phone on its back, now with the chrome bezel, camera flash lens and CLI screen lens installed, you are ready to install the new fascia. Place the camera lens cover into the recess in the rubberized piece surrounding the camera lens. Remove the backing from the adhesive on the black fascia. Starting from the Motorola Rondel gently place the fascia on the metal plate. Push it into position and be sure that it fits correctly at the hinges before using additional pressure to ensure a good contact between the adhesive, the fascia, and the metal plate. Frequently you'll hear it snap into place at the hinge end. Once you are satisfied with the fit of the fascia to the phone, gently but firmly press the fascia to the phone to ensure maximum contact between the adhesive and metal plate.

Slide the new metal flip cover into position. The exterior front of the phone is done.

Open the flip so you can see the main LCD. Starting at the upper left corner use a toothpick to lift the corner of the lens. It is very important to control the toothpick so it does not contact the LCD under the lens. Once you have a corner of the lens loosened, very gently lift the rest of the lens from the flip. Discard this as it is going to be worthless.

Remove the paper backing from the adhesive on the LCD lens. Without touching the underside of the lens, position the lens in the LCD opening in the flip. When you are pleased with the positioning use additional pressure to ensure maximum contact of the adhesive to the LCD surround. You are now done with the flip.

If you are not going to replace the keypad install the new battery cover.

Remove the antenna by grasping the grey plastic stub and twisting it anti-clockwise. They generally come out without a problem. If the plastic breaks off, leaving you with a metal stub, use a small pair of pliers to grasp the stub and turn it anti-clockwise. I've not come across one that would not respond to this. If you are not going to install a new keypad this is the time to install the new antenna by turning the antenna into the hole in a clockwise direction.

You are done with your Level One renewal of your phone's appearance. Both screens should now be perfect, and except for the sides of the main housing all the exterior surfaces are new.

Level Two

This is a bit more involved and requires opening the case of the phone.  You'll need a T-6 driver. Level Two adds replacing the keypad.

Four T-6 screws hold the front and back of the case together. The screws that are at the hinge end of the phone are different from those at the microphone end of the phone. Be sure to keep track of which is which. These screws are accessible through the battery compartment.

Remove the two screws at the microphone end of the phone first. Then remove the two screws at the hinge end. The front and rear parts of the phone housing are held together by tabs and locks along the sides of the phones. Use your finger nail to locate and release these locks. Place the battery compartment to the side.

Word of Caution: You have now exposed the main circuit board which is connected by the flex cable to the flip. Try to keep the hinges solidly against the keyboard surround in order to reduce the chance of breaking the flex cable which is routed through the hinge. I sometimes re-install one of the screws to hold it in position.

Gently lift the circuit board upward from the microphone end. This will expose the keypad. Take care not to stress the side panels that are behind the side keys. . Remove the keypad and place it to the side. 

Take the new key pad and insert it into the housing. Be sure to line up the holes in the pad with the pins in the housing. Be sure to have the side keys and the associated circuit boards properly aligned. When you are satisfied that the keypad and circuitry of the side keys are as they should be reposition the main board to it's original place.

Reinstall the battery compartment. Important here is ensuring that the side keys are properly captured so the key flanges are not protruding from the side of the case. Once you are satisfied that the side keys are properly positioned use gentle pressure to lock the battery compartment to the keyboard surround.

Install the left hinge screw about 90%. Install the other hinge screw the same. Then install the microphone end screws 90%. Tighten the hinge screws, do not over tighten, you do not want to strip out the threads. Tighten the microphone end screws. Keep in mind that the hinge screws are in metal and the other screws are inserted into plastic. Do not overtighten!

Install your SIM, battery, battery cover and antenna. You are done!

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