bent mba chassis

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ayres, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. ayres macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2010
    hi all, longtime 13-inch MacBook air user here... i have a question and could use some opinions on the matter.

    last november, i upgraded to the early 2015 air model - best buy had a great deal going. like my previous air models, it has been a great, reliable machine. HOWEVER, there's one little thing wrong with it that sort of pesters me: the chassis is slightly warped. and this means that when opened, i can hold it on each side of the keyboard and gently twist it. also, whenever i'm typing (which is daily), i'll hear click sounds as the bottom gets torqued back and forth.

    it doesn't appear to affect performance, but it's just one of those things that's annoying about it. none of my previous models had this problem.

    thoughts? opinions? do you all think apple would resolve the issue?


  2. Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I don't think apple will do anything since you've had the machine for a while.

    Was it like this on the day you bought it?
  3. ayres thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2010
    yep, but it took me a month or two to dial in on exactly what was going on. yeah, that's my feeling too - i've waited too long.
  4. dear.leader macrumors newbie


    Sep 28, 2017
    If you feel comfortable working on your laptop yourself, you could replace the aluminum top case. They're pretty cheap (less than $100), but paying for someone else to install it might make it more expensive that it's worth to you.

    Replacing the top case involves removing and reinstalling every component in the laptop, so it's a bit labor intensive, but could be done in like 20 mins by someone experienced. Someone inexperienced, maybe 1-1.5 hours. These MacBook Airs are pretty easy to work on though.

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