2011 macbook air hinge question

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tim100, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    I have i7 2011 13 inch macbook air. I noticed about a week ago that there is some play in the center of the hinge when the machine is closed. If you push on the center of the hinge there is a small bit of play when the machine is closed. The hinge seems tight when opening and closing the machine. The looseness is only in the center of the hinge. I looked at my macbook pro hinge and there is no play. Anyone else see this?
     
  2. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    Does it matter since you have the lid closed at the time?
     
  3. tim100 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    is it a sign of hinge failure?
     
  4. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    No idea. But if you aren't experiencing any hinge problems, what makes you think the hinge might be failing?
     
  5. ChiantiSteve macrumors newbie

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    Watch out for this - it could be the start of big trouble.
    Mine started doing that then there was play when it was open. Then a bit of the plastic linking the 2 hinges broke near each end. Then the screen started going all red or all blue. Then the hinge collapsed completely flat and the display disappeared. I could export the display to a TV then that went. Now it doesn't even boot.
    The quote to fix it was ridiculous - cheaper to buy a new one.
    After my experience I'd have Apple take a look.
     

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