New MacBook Air wobbles with one bad foot

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macrumorsuser10, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    I just bought a new MacBook Air Ultimate, and it seems to wobble a bit. The wobbling seems to occur when the lid is fully up because the front left foot pad does not make any contact with the surface of my glass desk. What can I do about this wobble? Is it a problem with the foot pad or the entire body?

    Can the guys at the Genius Bar fix this, or should I exchange it?

  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    You can exchange it. Just tell them your not happy
  3. macrumors 68000

    Mar 11, 2008
    This can be fixed by loosening the bottom screws (requires a special tool) and retightening in the right order. If everything else on it seems good then I would ask them to do this. If there are other problems than an exchange might be better.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2010
    Or you could close the lid, put the Macbook Air flat on the table.
    Simultaneously apply pressure from above on two diagonally opposite corners.
    Repeat for the other corners.

    Worked for me on the rev C.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2005
    they will exchange it. just show them what is worng.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    Basically you are saying that the case is physically warped and that I should apply torque on the MBA case to fix the warp. That sounds a bit risky. I think I will bring this back.
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    If I bring this to the Genius Bar, which is the more likely outcome: they will fix it, or exchange it? I'd like to know so I can start copying my files off of the computer.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    My 11" MBA was a bit wobbly when I first got it in December 2010, and I applied some gentle pressure on it on one side to make it even. That worked really well and it hasn't been wobbly since. The wobble was very minor, though, so it didn't really take much for it to be fixed.

    Since you just bought it I'd imagine that they would exchange it without much of a hassle.
  9. macrumors 601

    Dec 14, 2007
    If you are within 14 days they dont make the do.
  10. macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    No harm in copying them now, if they simply fix it, you can delete the copy afterwards?
  11. macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2010
    Yes, that's what I'm saying.

    It doesn't need a lot of pressure.
    The MBA case isn't very rigid.
    You can start with very little pressure.

    No harm in bringing it back though.
  12. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Had this with my MBP.
    I just bent it into the shape it was supposed to be. Good as new ;)
  13. macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2005
    if youre within 14 days you should be able to exchange it

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