Wifi Antenna - torn but still connected
I am replacing the shattered front panel. As I was removing the damaged front panel I was extremely careful around the wifi antenna, knowing it was a sensitive area (based upon instructions and previous comments). I was able to remove the front panel without damage to the antenna.
However, I couldn't complete the work all in one day and had to store it to come back to it another day. I protected the LCD screen with soft cloth because I didn't want any sort of damage to it. The cloth stuck to some of the residual adhesive and while removing it I must have torn the antenna along the wire (see attached fuzzy picture).
Sorry for the photo quality it was the best I could get. The antenna is not fully torn. Where the wire connects on the back side is firmly attached. The tear is along the edge where the wire runs on the back side. If you follow the wire from where it is clipped to back of shell to where it goes under the antenna, the tear starts there and runs for about a 1/4" to 1/2". It appears some thin (possibly metal) material is torn. I am trying to put some adhesive there to glue it back, but not sure if that would fix it.
Does this tear render the antenna non-functional or will it still work? Is the only way to find out to put it back together and test it that way. I hate to assemble it and then find out I need to replace the antenna.
I'm sorry about the photo quality. In the picture, you can notice the tear is on the bottom part of the antenna along the sloped edge where the wire runs behind it. You can notice a hairline goldish/copper color running parallel to the slanted edge ... that is the tear.