How to replace the Rubber Side Covers on Bose SoundsSport Wireless Earbuds
The rubber side covers on the Bose SoundSport Wireless earbuds tend to start peeling off if you use them in the gym or for running. This guide shows you how to install the replacement side cover.
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Repair Difficulty: Easy
Time to complete: 30 Minutes per side.
The tools and parts that you will need for this repair:
- A New Replacement Side Cover (The covers do change depending on which side you need to replace so make sure to select the proper side and color from the drop-down list)
- Thin Pry Tool (your fingernail, a guitar pick, or the dull side of a butter knife can also do the trick. Just something thin, the thinner the better for this repair)
- Heat Gun (A hairdryer can also do the trick)
- T8000 Glue
- Small Flat Edge Screwdriver
- Rubber band
1. Remove the Rubber Cover
This process is essentially the exact same on either side. There will just be different parts on the inside of each earbud that you need to be careful of and one side has a charging port while the other does not.
Start by removing the rubber portion of the side cover by peeling it off of the plastic housing. We will be replacing the whole plastic and rubber side cover.
2. Remove the Plastic Housing
Grab your heat gun and heat up the circumference of the plastic housing for about 5-10 seconds. This helps loosen up the glue that is holding the side cover in place. ***Don't use excessive heat above 300 degrees Fahrenheit or hold the earbud under the hot air for more than 10 seconds at a time. If you do either of those, you run the risk of damaging the earbuds beyond repair.
Insert your thin pry tool into the base of the side cover and gently pry up. Continue to do this around the entirety of the side cover. This will take a few minutes so be patient and don't rush. If you need to apply more heat partway through, go for it.
After prying around the whole side cover, it should come off with finger strength by just pulling it away from the earbud.
3. Clean Off Any Residue
Before attaching the new cover, it is important to clean off any old glue residue on the lip of the main housing. We typically use a Small Flat Edge Screwdriver to remove the residue.
Once you have cleaned the residue off of the housing, test fit the new side cover to make sure that it fits snuggly onto the main housing with no gaps. Continue to clean the residue off of the housing until the side cover fits evenly.
Apply a thin line of B7000 Glue around the lip of the main housing then slide your side cover into place.
Once you have seen that the side cover is evenly placed on the main housing, wrap a rubber band around the whole earbud so that it applies even pressure to the new side cover.
Let the glue dry for 30 minutes then remove the rubber band and clean away any glue that is visible.