Replacing my Laptop’s USB-C Port

PCB with the new USB-C connector soldered in.

I stumpled upon schematics and an assembly drawing of my laptop on a computer repair forum. While studying the schematics is interesting in itself, it also lead me to the idea of replacing a USB-C port that has been broken for a while. Given the schematics, I could figure out the exact part number of all the components I had in my laptop.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a suitable replacement connector at Mouser or Digikey. However, there are many sellers on Ebay who offer parts for specific laptop models, so I ordered there. I disassembled the laptop and removed the main board. I used Kapton tape and aluminum foil to mask off the area of interest in order to protect the other components. I desoldered the connector using a heat gun.

USB-C connector masked off using kaptor tape and aluminium foil before desoldering.

After cleaning the PCB with isopropyl alcohol and applying a little amount of solder paste and a healthy amount of flux, I reheated the PCB again to solder the new connector. After checking for shorts and putting everything back together, the USB port works again!

PCB with the new USB-C connector soldered in.