2015 mbp, does the battery swelling damage the logic board?

Any logic board issues on swollen Macbook Pro?

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powerslave12r

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Sep 19, 2010
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Hello,

I have the battery swelling issue on the 2015 15" Macbook Pro and the base has swollen to the point where the feet don't touch the table it's on.

Keyboard and trackpad work fine.

I'm wondering if the logic board is getting affected and will die quicker than its intended EOL.

I'm about to get the battery repair done but don't want to pay for something with a dying logic board.

Any experiences?
 

pshufd

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Oct 24, 2013
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I'd check the serial number as a recall for the Mid-2015 15 inch MacBook Pro was announced this week and it deals with batteries. The affect models were sold from September 2015 to 2017.
 

DeltaMac

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Jul 30, 2003
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A swelling battery is not likely to directly damage the logic board.
However, a swelling battery might cause a battery cell rupture, or could overheat, perhaps resulting in enough heat to burst into flames. There was a news article in the last week or two about just such an event.
That should encourage you to move more quickly to get the battery replaced.
If the logic board has been distorted, then you might decide at the time of repair. It's a good question to ask when you drop your MBPro off for replacement of the battery!
 

Webster's Mac

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Dec 18, 2016
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Hello,

I have the battery swelling issue on the 2015 15" Macbook Pro and the base has swollen to the point where the feet don't touch the table it's on.

Keyboard and trackpad work fine.

I'm wondering if the logic board is getting affected and will die quicker than its intended EOL.

I'm about to get the battery repair done but don't want to pay for something with a dying logic board.

Any experiences?
As soon as you notice swelling, immediately make a backup of your data, shut down your machine, and take it to an Apple Store or an AASP. You can also check your serial number to check if it's eligible for the battery recall here:
https://support.apple.com/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall
 

powerslave12r

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Sep 19, 2010
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Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, I'm not covered in that program. So, I will have to pay for the service.

I'd hate to have the logic board die on me.
 

applesed

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Jun 25, 2012
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It can damage the logic board, if it goes too far in the swelling. Also if you edit too long it will warp the case.
 

Khedron

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Sep 27, 2013
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Apple recalls dangerous, explosive MBPs

Apple fans made so much fun of Samsung so it will be nice to see all the jokes they can come up with about Apple

 

Bigredram87

macrumors newbie
Jun 22, 2019
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So I just noticed this problem so I carefully removed the battery from my 2015 mbp because it’s not covered under recall. I just ordered a new battery but in the meantime I tried to run it just off of the MagSafe . The pc goes to the login screen and the boot loading bar starts to progress but about 1/4 way through the Mac just restarts . It does same thing in recovery mode does it require the battery for power reasons? I see a lot of people say you can run them without battery but I’m wondering if these pro models require the filtering or power from battery to work properly?
 

Webster's Mac

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Dec 18, 2016
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So I just noticed this problem so I carefully removed the battery from my 2015 mbp because it’s not covered under recall. I just ordered a new battery but in the meantime I tried to run it just off of the MagSafe . The pc goes to the login screen and the boot loading bar starts to progress but about 1/4 way through the Mac just restarts . It does same thing in recovery mode does it require the battery for power reasons? I see a lot of people say you can run them without battery but I’m wondering if these pro models require the filtering or power from battery to work properly?
Idk why you did that...Apple charges $200 for a battery replacement and that comes with a new keyboard/topcase too. I'd rather have a pristine keyboard and new genuine battery than risk it trying to replace it myself...
 

powerslave12r

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Sep 19, 2010
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So I just noticed this problem so I carefully removed the battery from my 2015 mbp because it’s not covered under recall. I just ordered a new battery but in the meantime I tried to run it just off of the MagSafe . The pc goes to the login screen and the boot loading bar starts to progress but about 1/4 way through the Mac just restarts . It does same thing in recovery mode does it require the battery for power reasons? I see a lot of people say you can run them without battery but I’m wondering if these pro models require the filtering or power from battery to work properly?
Sounds plausible. You could try putting the battery back in to see whether it's that or something else.

I'm curious why you chose to repair it yourself? The battery kit is $109, but if you get it done through Apple you get multiple things replaced and it's arguably not that much more. Was it because you needed the machine and couldn't wait for Apple's turnaround times?
 

Bigredram87

macrumors newbie
Jun 22, 2019
2
1
Yea I needed to finish work on it. The battery removal was very easy I’m an electronic tech by trade and this wasn’t an issue at all I’ve done it before and to me $100 is $100 and I don’t need a new keyboard or top plate mine is in great shape.

So I just noticed this problem so I carefully removed the battery from my 2015 mbp because it’s not covered under recall. I just ordered a new battery but in the meantime I tried to run it just off of the MagSafe . The pc goes to the login screen and the boot loading bar starts to progress but about 1/4 way through the Mac just restarts . It does same thing in recovery mode does it require the battery for power reasons? I see a lot of people say you can run them without battery but I’m wondering if these pro models require the filtering or power from battery to work properly?
Sounds plausible. You could try putting the battery back in to see whether it's that or something else.

I'm curious why you chose to repair it yourself? The battery kit is $109, but if you get it done through Apple you get multiple things replaced and it's arguably not that much more. Was it because you needed the machine and couldn't wait for Apple's turnaround times?
 
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