How to Replace the Bose SoundSport Wireless Control Talk CTC Cover

The Bose SoundSport Wireless earbuds use a rubber button cover for the volume up/down and play/pause buttons. This cover tends to develop holes in it which can cause the earbuds to become defective from moisture or sweat being allowed into the buttons. 

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Repair Difficulty: Moderate

Time to complete: 30 Minutes. 

The tools and parts that you will need for this repair:

  1. A New Control Talk Cover
  2. Pry Tool (your fingernail, a guitar pick, or the dull side of a butter knife can also do the trick)
  3. Heat Gun (A hairdryer can also do the trick)
  4. Small Flat Edge Screwdriver
  5. B7000 Glue
  6. Clamp or rubber band (To hold the new cover in place whilst the glue dries)

 

1. Remove The Old Cover

Start by heating up the rubber cover that covers the control talk buttons using your heat gun. Set your temperature to around 180 degrees and continuously move the hot air around the perimeter of the rubber cover. ***Make sure to not hold the hot air in one spot for more than a couple of seconds otherwise you will run the risk of damaging the earbuds. 

Heating up the old rubber cover 

 

Now you can remove any of the top rubber cover that is still left on the control talk. 

Removing the old rubber bits from the old cover

 

Insert your pry tool into the gap on the side of the control talk plastic housing and slowly pry up each side of the top corner. You will need to work your way around the entire edge slowly, so be patient and take your time :)

Prying around the edge of the old cover 

The old cover came free after prying around its entire edge

 

2. Remove Any Residue

Using your Small Flat Edge Screwdriver clean off any glue or adhesive residue from the lip of the bottom piece of the control talk housing. 

Cleaning any old glue residue from the lip of the bottom cover 

 

Now, test fit your new control talk cover to ensure that it fits properly and has no gaps around the seam of the two pieces. If the cover does not sit evenly or has gaps, remove it and continue to clean the edge of the bottom housing. 

Testing the fit of the new top cover 

 

3. Adhere the New Cover 

Put a thin line of B7000 Glue around the lip of the bottom control talk housing.

Applying B7000 glue to the lip of the bottom housing 

 

Push the new control talk cover into place making sure that it sits flush against the bottom housing. If some glue oozes out of the sides, don't worry about it, you can easily wipe it off after the glue has dried.

Glue oozing from the sides as you press the top and bottom covers together

 

We use a clamp as pictured to hold the two pieces together for around 30-60 minutes but you can use a rubber band or something similar to hold the two pieces together. Just make sure to allow at least 30 minutes for the glue to dry. 

Clamping the two covers together to ensure that they are secured whilst the glue dries 

  

4. Get back to jamming out 🎶

If you have any questions in regards to this repair, feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call and we will do our best to reply to you as quickly as possible. 

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