How to Replace a Type K04 Keyboard Key

This guide is for models using hinge type K04. This hinge type is used in the following models:

Some colors in the pictures may differ for your model. That is fine, what matters most is the shape of the hinge piece.

Step 1: Orient the hinge

The plastic hinge mechanism must be oriented as shown for it to fit onto the metal keyboard hooks.

Step 2: Hook the hinge onto the base

Hook the inner bottom edge of the hinge over the bottom metal hook on the base of the keyboard.

Step 3: Secure the hinge into place

Snap the top of the hinge into place, one side at a time. In this example, the top right side is being secured first. The top right and left tabs of the plastic hinge should be hooked under the metal hook protruding from the base of the keyboard on each side. You can now check that the hinge works by flexing it up and down; it should pivot easily at its axis.

Step 4: Place the rubber spring piece

If your keyboard is missing the rubber spring piece, place it in the center of the hinge. It will be held in place by the surrounding key and hinge.

Step 5: Press the key into place

Align the key on top of its place on the keyboard, and press down evenly. All four corners of the key should click into place.

3 Comments to “How to Replace a Type K04 Keyboard Key”

  1. Art says:

    Wow, thanks for your help. When I first saw the damaged key on the keyboard, I thought I would need to replace the whole keyboard. For under $8.00 and two days (very fast shipping) My keyboard is like new. Instructions were spot on. Even a non geek could do it!!! `~`~ it was the Tilde key I replaced `~`~“~~

  2. Hunter says:

    I’m very bad with computers and the like, so when I got the key hinge/spring. (Hadn’t even looked at this here.) I thought I had ordered the wrong piece, but with further Inspection and this nifty little, (and simple) guide, I was able to finally place the piece In correctly, AND, my D Is back to working, thanks fer yer help Machina Electronics, and I that If I ever have anymore problems with my keyboard, you’ll still be here In the future to provide. Thank you, and have a wonderful day.

  3. Larry says:

    Great service, Great tutorial

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