MacBook Air soaked with Armor All Dashboard Cleaner - HELP

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mark12, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    Hello All,

    My 2011 MacBook Air is dead. I left the MBA sitting in the passenger seat of my truck and a bottle of Armor All leaked onto my vinyl seat and pooled around the MBA. It looks like quite a bit of liquid entered through the hinge/vent area because it is still dripping out. I don't think the bag of rice trick will be effective here. It will not power on. I cannot open up the unibody because I lost my pentalobe screwdriver. So where do I go from here? Should I go straight to the genius bar? If the SSD is not damaged can I remove it and save the data? You guys are experts. Please let me know.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    If you can take it apart it is possible to remove the SSD. If you buy an enclosure for the SSD you should be able to copy your files to another computer.
  3. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    Unless u have one of those insurance thing like FourSquare. Or u bought it with an Amex or a Premium CC which has an accidental coverage on it.

    Sell it on eBay, there are always people that think they can fix anything.
  4. macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2011
    I don't know if I'd give up on the MBA so quickly, since I'm not exactly sure what's IN the Armor All Dashboard Cleaner. I'd imagine it'd have some silicone products in it, maybe some alcohol, maybe some water. If it were me, I'd try letting it drain unmolested for a week or so in a bed of rice.
  5. macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    Basically If you made a list of things that it would be bad to soak a Macbook Air in, you would probably come up with the formula for ArmorAll.
  7. macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2012
    You can take out the SSD, just the back panel needs removing and a screw that holds it in place. Pull it out and get an enclosure from OWC. They have one specially designed for the connector on the MBA's SSD.


  8. macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2011
    Only if the SSD is not affected but it probably is. I really hope you have a time machine backup :confused:
  9. macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2009
    Armor All sounds pretty bad... I don't know if rice would really be able to absorb it very well. I think you're best shot is to try and open the case and clean it out. I'm pretty sure Armor All is actually designed to not dry.

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