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How To Repair Scratchy Noisy Headphone Jack

How To Repair Scratchy Noisy Headphone Jack


I’m going to show you how to fix a problem where you have the headphone jack making a scratchy static noise as the
plug moves around. On this one I’ll get that static
scratchy noise. It will actually drop out a little bit. I’ll move the plug and it will come back. But I am going to show you how to fix that. The problem is the contacts inside the jack get dirty and oxidized so what we need do is
clean the those. What I am going to do to clean those is use a q-tip and I’m actually going to peel a little bit of the cotton off the tip here cuz there’s just too much there to go inside the
hole there. Peel a little bit off. And so now you are going use some sort of a cleaner. A lot people recommend alcohol and I have
tried alcohol and he worked for a little bit but then
the problem came back very quickly. So I switched to using control contact cleaner and lubricannt. I use
this for cleaning potentiometers or volume controls. But this, I found this worked very well also on
the jacks. So what you are going to do is take a little bit of the spray. You gotta shake it around a little bit here. And spray it onto the Q-tip. And then swirl it around a little bit because you don’t have too much on there. And go ahead and stick it in the hole and go ahead and swirl it around. You may have to move it in and out a little bit. And then while you’re at it go ahead and rub
a little bit around on the plug and get that all kind of cleaned up. and then go ahead and let it dry. You may want to blow on it a little bit. But that should take care of your problem.
It will clean the contacts in there and the static in scratchy noise should go away. If it doesn’t go away you might still have a a little bit of dirt or oxidation, so just go ahead and repeat the process once. If the problem still doesnb’t go away then it is possible you might have like a wire
break inside the plug or the wire. Or you may have a I lose connection in the Jack itself where it connects to the
circuit board in there. But nine times out of ten this should fix your problem with the scratchy
static noise. Good luck!

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