I will never attempt this fix again. At this point the device is 15 years old. The original battery was swollen and getting the assembly out of the case was very difficult. The connector for the touch wheel broke in the process. Also the cables in the replacement battery are significantly thicker than in the original one which makes it harder to accommodate when putting it back together.
I replaced screens in several iPhones before but this was way harder. Now I the iPod is gone and it makes me very sad since it was my first iDevice buy with my own savings and it kept me company for years while I had to commute many hours a day to work and night clases.
Better luck to you if you attempt this repair.
Not exactly a repair question but any recommendations on how to clean the speaker grill without damaging the speaker/electronics inside?
After seing this microscope image I’m scared (Warning: it is gross).