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Removal of Mode Dial / LV switch on D5500

d5500 live view mode dial teardown repair

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Hi all,


New forum member here.  I've run into an issue with my camera and could use some assistance. 


Yesterday, my Nikon D5500 showed a clear issue - when turning the camera on, it would immediately switch into Live View mode.  On top of that, none of the buttons on the rear of the camera body were responsive nor were the touchscreen functions responsive.  The issue started when I switched into Live View mode, took one last photo, then powered off the camera. 


I tried removing the SD card, inserting another one (SanDisk Extreme).  I tried another fully charged battery.  Neither of these improved the situation.  


The dials on top still work and when I press the shutter button, photos are still taken.  


In my googling around, I believe I have a stuck button - hence why none of the other buttons work.  Which button do I think it is?  The live view switch which is part of the mode dial on top of the camera.  I can tell the switch isn't engaging as it once did so something must be off whether it be dust, gunk, or a broken switch. 


I'd like to remove the mode dial to take a look at what could be going on.  My problem is I'm unable to determine how to do this and there isn't a lot online about the D5500.  I'm fairly technical and have worked in support at other camera companies so I believe I can accomplish a DIY repair if my hunch is correct.


Can anyone provide guidance on how to remove the top mode dial / live view switch on my camera.  A written explanation, YouTube, or even PDF of this part would be helpful.


Thanks all!




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Before disassembling (and, no, I don't have guidance for that) and while not having a D5500, could you check the following:

1/ on the back of the camera you (probably) have two buttons that turn, rather than are pressed (one with the L and one to swap from camera to video mode): have them changing position a few times
(With settling on 1/ dot not L, 2/ camera not video)

2/ does the Menu button work (I know it is on the back)?

3/ does any button feel less responsive than others?

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