Black hinge uneven?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Lukewarmwinner, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Hi guys

    My dad just got his first MBA yesterday and noticed that the black hinge (seen from the back when lid closed) is slightly uneven. We compared it to mine, which also had it. Is it normal or should we be worried? It is only in the left side there is a gap. The right side is all right and align.

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  2. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I don't see anything uneven from that picture.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    You don't notice a small (very small, you might have to zoom) gap between the black hinge and the silver-body? It just seems slightly off-centered
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Okay, it's actually pretty hard to take a picture, but what about this one - more clear?

    I know I might be OCD'ing, but just wanted to know if its normal :)

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  5. macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2012
  6. macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2008
  7. macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    It's totally wrecked man, better send it to me as a write-off. :D
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Thanks guys, good to know! :)

    Awesome upload-feature on this mobile version of Macrumors btw!


    Bummer! You got it man! ;)
  9. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    Zoomed it. Still can't see.

    Even if so, that's not a critical area. The black thing is just the cover, what matters is what goes on underneath. If it feels smooth (like mine :D) then is doing its job and stop obsessing.

    When you come to more$$$, buy a convertible and leave it parked top-down and walk away (with the alarm on). Try it. Really liberating.
  10. macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    The cluch cover can slide (that's how you remove it) - so you should actually be able to slide it into the middle if it bothers you :p
  11. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    It looks fine to me! If it works properly and doesn't make any noise when you open/close it, don't worry. :)
  12. macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    My black hinge can slide back and forth about 2mm if i slide it. So it's defs fine ;)
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Haven't tried sliding it, but that would explain the off-centered!

    The lid is aligned with the body so no unevenness, and no cracking/noisy sounds when opening/closing lid.

    Thanks for clearing it up guys! Good to know it's normal and that you've all seen it before :D
  14. macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    Does the lid overhang to one side? If not, maybe they adjusted it so that it lines up. There are tolerances for both the top and lower half of the laptop, so they leave adjusting in so the top and bottoms can line up.

    If it does overhang take it in and they'll fix it.
  16. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Overhang? Not sure what you mean, but the lid is perfectly align with the body
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    As in one part (top or bottom) stick out more on one side. If it is in line with your body then the original issue is likely just a result of calibration.
  18. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Haven't really noticed that, so I guess it's fine :) The screen is perfectly in line with the bottom body
  19. macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    My lid does show some overhang on the left side, this irritates me. Does anyone know if it is possible to realign this yourself?
  20. macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2007
    Yes, use a pentalobe screwdriver (ebay or amazon for ~$4). CAREFULLY remove the bottom screws. Once you get inside there are 3 6-pointed star screws that hold each hinge on. Loosen them with the correct size screwdriver, allign screen, then tighten them.

    Once its aligned how you want it place the metal cover back on the bottom, then CAREFULLY reinstall pentalobe screws. Get them all threaded properly before tightening any of them.

    Pentalobe screws will strip if you look at them wrong so be very careful. If in doubt a genius should be able to do it in 10 minutes or so at the apple store.

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