2011 macbook air hinge question


macrumors 65816
Original poster
May 25, 2009
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?


macrumors 65816
Jan 5, 2011
No idea. But if you aren't experiencing any hinge problems, what makes you think the hinge might be failing?


macrumors newbie
Mar 1, 2012
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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