Creaky Hinge = REPLACE THE WHOLE SCREEN

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by billandy, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. billandy macrumors regular

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    Just sent in my 2-month MacBook Air which started squeaking in just a couple of weeks. Luckily still in warranty and they said they'll replace the whole screen clamshell for me for free.

    Certainly I wouldn't mind much since it's free, but is it absolutely necessary to replace the whole thing just to stop the hinge squeaking?
     
  2. sexyfred1990 macrumors newbie

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    I'm sure Apple are best qualified to answer that for you.
     
  3. coast1ja macrumors 6502

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    yes, it is necessary to replace the entire screen. The aluminum behind the panel makes up part of the hinge and it is cheaper/faster/easier to just replace the entire screen than to disassemble the entire panel to replace the 'lid'. This information comes directly from an Apple authorized repair man... and is covered in detail in another thread.
     
  4. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    If you find the service manual, it states to replace the whole thing. There is no hinge part number or anything of that nature. I though the apple people were full of *hit but the service manual supports what they are saying.
     
  5. brasscat macrumors 6502

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  6. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

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    WD-40? Why would you use a water displacement spray on a laptop?
     
  7. iCantwait macrumors 65816

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    because wd40 stops squeaks. Clearly your only exposure to this versatile product has been through wikipedia
     
  8. itou macrumors regular

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    don't use wd40.
    at most, if you know what you're doing. take apart the display. at the cringe area, rub some silicone grease... the same stuff they put in car door hinges to stop it creaking.
    that would do it.
     
  9. macshill macrumors 6502

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    I recall using dental floss mentioned several times here at MR. I forget if it's waxed or non-waxed version. I'd think waxed does the trick.
     
  10. Samuelllll macrumors newbie

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    Dont..

    Don't use WD-40... will mess it up!

    The Hinge is part of the screen.. its all one part! so when you need to get the hinge changed they change the whole screen aswell :)
     

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