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Six iPhone Catastrophes — And How to Deal with Them

Here's a look at the six top daily dangers for your iPhone — and what to do when disaster strikes.

How to Handle Everyday iPhone Disasters

Earlier this year, reportedly faulty exploding iPhones in Europe caused a whole lot of finger pointing at Apple and its suppliers -- but more often than not, iPhones get sent to the repair shop because of user slipups. Aaron Vronko, CEO of Rapid Repair, an iPod and iPhone repair shop, and one of the first technicians to take apart the iPhone 3G S and write a repair guide, has seen his fair share of reasons why broken iPhones need emergency surgery. Here are his six favorites, along with advice on how to triage the problems (they start to sound like "my dog ate my homework").

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"My iPhone went through the washing machine."

Liquid is public enemy No. 1 of the iPhone. When an iPhone gets caught up in the washing machine, you'll probably have to kiss it good-bye. "This all-too-common cause has a high mortality rate due to the thorough and prolonged penetration of the water," Vronko says.

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"I plugged my iPhone into my car charger, and it started to smoke."

Chances are you've fried iPhone circuits because of a power surge. The 12-volt electrical system of cars used primarily for headlights and interior lights was not designed to handle the loads of modern cars with their big stereos, myriad gadgets, and electronic features. The good news is that the iPhone probably can be repaired cheaply, unlike the iPhone in the washing machine. In the iPhone, the dock connector acts as a kind of protective layer to the main board, so a power surge will likely fry just the dock connector. You'll need an inexpensive dock connector replacement, Vronko says.

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"I dropped the iPhone and the screen cracked."

You may pull an iPhone from your pocket or bag 40 times in a day. Its thin shape and slippery plastic shell is a disaster in the making. A cracked screen is fixable, says Vronko. The combined LCD-digitizer screen module on the iPhone 2G will need to be replaced. On the iPhone 3G and 3G S, only the digitizer usually needs replacement, Vronko says.

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"My iPhone won't charge."

When an iPhone won't charge, consumer fears may turn to the highly publicized iPhone battery lemon phenomenon. More often than not, however, the problem is far less dramatic. "This is usually the result of a misaligned dock cable or a foreign object being forced into the dock connector, causing damage and requiring that this module be replaced," Vronko says. The advice is simple: Take care when plugging the cable into the iPhone. Also, make sure it's the right cable. Yes, people often try to force in a wrong cable into the socket.

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"I tried to repair my iPhone myself, and now it doesn't work."

Chances are, if you play Dr. Fix-It, you will do additional damage to the iPhone. While we all took apart bikes or computers when we were kids, a person must know his limitations. Seek professional help when dealing with high-tech devices like the iPhone.

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"My son (or daughter) says nothing happened, it just stopped working."

There are just two kinds of parents, Vronko jokes: the parent who believes the teenager, and the parent who knows better. It's a good bet that the son or daughter let water get into the iPhone, dropped it, or jammed the wrong cable into the iPhone dock connector.

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