Damaged Screws

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by adamtj11, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. adamtj11 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    So using a pentalobe I have managed to "wreck" a few of the heads of the screws of my air, which is annoying because now I can't get them in or out, so the creak noise is ridiculous(obviously because the screws are half in-half out.. I think the screwdriver I bought has a faulty head(I had the creaky Macbook air problem). Anyone have any idea how I can get the screws out? bit of a bad situation I'm in here, as I have probably invalidated warranty..
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Press very hard and turn very slowly. Or buy a fresh screwdriver and press hard/turn slow.
  3. nefan65 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2009
    Uh Oh...you're screwed... :) Sorry couldn't resist.

    Like the other poster mentioned, press down as hard as you can and turn slowly. That should do it.
  4. adamtj11 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    So I rang Apple, they said I didn't invalidate warranty, and that screws fall out from time to time, so I might be okay.
  5. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Pics or it might not have happened! :rolleyes:

    But it would be easier if we saw the damage.
  6. All Taken macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
  7. digitalhen macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    I have an iFixIt pentalobe, and it too trashed the heads on some of my screws. I've just chosen to pretend it's not a problem for now :)
  8. Zapdoc macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2012
    Damaged - stuck screws MBP

    The screws on my MBP are stuck - literally I used Locktite for auto screws on them as they were loose and now cannot shift them - tried pressing hard and turning slowly but none will move the slightest - any help ?
  9. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    See if you can find a local machine shop that can help you. Sometimes an impact air wrench will break a stuck screw. If that doesn't work, they can use a reverse head attachment, which will dig into what's left of the top of the screw. And if that doesn't work, they will drill it out.
  10. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Is the head sticking out enough to get a good (not cheap rubish) set of pliers or mulgrips on? Failing that if the head is proud you can very carefully use a junior hacksaw to cut across the head (in line with one of the existing lines) and then use a flat head screwdriver in the new slot you just cut. Last option is to drill them out but you will need to be very careful. Don't even think about it with a hand held or if you are inexperienced. Lastly before you try these put plenty of masking tap over everything to keep any swarf out of your machine. Always buy quality tools and use the correct size driver in future. Good luck.
  11. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    idea..how about some crazy glue and the screw driver...leave for a few min...maybe also liquid medal?
  12. All Taken macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    Don't ever do this, buy replacement screws if loose or take machine to apple.
  13. J.C macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2008
    I bought 3 pentalobe screwdrivers on eBay. All claimed to fit the MBA precisely. The first two were not large enough. There's dodgy screwdrivers on the market for sure. You may have one.
  14. kyjaotkb macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
    London, UK
    I too was a victim of POS screwdrivers from eBay yesterday night when trying to pry open my 2011 MBA to replace the 128 SSD by a 256 second-hand SSD...

    Damned screwdrivers indeed !

    Broke 3 of them.
    Then i tried using Torx screwdrivers.
    Then all kinds of screwdrivers.
    then kitchen knives
    then a corkscrew
    then swiss army knife (all blades)
    then all kinds of pliers
    then I called / emailed my friends and family about borrowing a Dremel

    I cut some ugly scars on the unibody Alum hood.

    i finally used a cutter like this one

    and carved some kind of line to get a lever effect and be able to turn the screw off the MBA. it worked (the whole damn screw removal took me about 6 hours though).
    then I went to sleep - but I was too eager to restore my TM backup so i did it... went to bed at 4am finally...
  15. goRoostr macrumors member

    May 17, 2012
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    Ive encountered damaged screws plenty of times in buying broken Macbook Pros from people who tried to repair them themselves, and ended up stripping the screws( not saying your at fault). I use a dremel with a cutting blade attached, and cut a divot into the screw, and then just take it out with a flat head screw driver. If the screws are flush up against something it wont work. I would recommend buying the new screws before you start.
  16. applerepairs macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2011
    Fulham, London
    All I could say is to show it some good Apple Hardware Engineer. They will open it and will replace the screw easily and efficiently
  17. Kaylor macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2011
    Long Island, NY/Houston, TX
    You could try laying a rubber band over the screw head, pressing hard with the screwdriver, and slowly try to turn the screw. Replace the screws with new ones afterward.
  18. langdon1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2013
    I had this problem too.
    I ended up being able to remove all the screws but one that ended up being stripped with no hope of any screwdriver getting it out.

    So.. i took a variable speed drill and found a bit that was slightly smaller than the head of the pentalobe screw and went at it slowly to wear it down. When it got thin enough from attrition a little upward force applied to the bottom case bent the remaining metal on the head so I could remove the case. Then i took a dremel and notched the top to remove the damaged screw.

    However, my problem now is finding philips head screws to replace the pentalobe screws with so I never again have to deal with this ****. Does anyone know what size and type I can use??

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