Bent corner on MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Itachi123, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. Itachi123 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,
    So, today I noticed the lid of my MacBook air was bent. I noticed that the protector for the lower part of the laptop was in a weird shape. I assumed something happened to the protector and it bended my laptop. I have attached photos. How do you guys recommend I fix it? I still have apple care, but I don't think it covers accidental damage. I'm seriously pissed with the protector and I don't know what to do. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
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  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    You bumped into something, or just dropped it on the corner.
    Not sure if you can blame whatever protector you have, as those do well with preventing scratches and other blemishes, but don't help much if the system gets dropped on a corner.

    I think the only way to "fix" that bump is to replace the display assembly.
    If you have AppleCare +, that can be handled with one incident of accidental damage to the enclosure, which would cost you $99 for the repair.
    If you have only AppleCare, then accidental damage is not covered, so probably north of $400, assuming that you only need the display assembly. If the bottom case is also damaged, it would be more.
    Best bet would be to ask at an Apple store, or an Apple service provider to get a good price for the repair.
    Or, if the bump doesn't affect the screen (or moving the lid), you could learn to live with it. :cool:
     
  3. 17Air<3 macrumors newbie

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    I dropped my MBA last year and the same thing happened to the lid corner. i used a thick cloth and a pair of pliers and bent it back into shape. besides a slight surface crack, you cant tell. Be careful when you do this. I'm no metal worker, but heat would probably be a good idea (just not so much that you hurt the interior) and bend it very slowly.
     

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  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    OP's dent is in the hinge area, so won't be as accessible as yours on the front corner.
     
  5. Itachi123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Umm, okay. I don't remember dropping it or bumping it somewhere (I seriously take care of my laptop like gold). I thought it may have been the protector due to how it was also bent, but i guess that could have been due to the actual body of the laptop bending. I don't have apple care +, only apple care until 2019. Ugh. Thanks for the advice, though.
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    I was thinking of using pliers to try to bend back the case, but I'm kind of scare of making it worse. Thanks for the tip, though!
     
  6. maerz001 macrumors 65816

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    Leave it as it is. At least Don’t use heat as it doesn’t soften Alu before you grill the other components;)
     
  7. Vlad.E. Suspended

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    Clearly someone put a dent in to it.

    You can use Soft Jaw Pliers or Soft Jaw Needle Nose Pliers to bend it back.
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    Unhinge the screen from the main body.
     
  8. kohlson macrumors 68000

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    Both my kids' MBAs look like this, on all 4 corners. If it's not a problem, I would leave it.
    By problem, I mean is there interference (metal touching metal) when the lid is opened or closed? If there is then needs to be addressed, otherwise things may get worse.

    I have a 15-MBP. When securely in the backpack (Timbuk2) as I swung around the unpadded area smacked the door strike. Nice dent. I have yet to find a backpack that protects on all 6 sides - usually the corners have less padding.

    Apple replaced it when it was in for another repair.
     

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