Did tightening the bottom screws fix anyone's creaky rMBP?

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  1. PhaserFuzz macrumors 6502

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    I know there's other threads, but I haven't seen if tightening the screws actually fixes the problem? Mine only creaks when I pick it up in certain spots, but it's still annoying. If I take it to the genius bar, will they tighten them for me? Also can someone link me to the correct screwdriver that's needed?

    Oh, and if it needs replaced (hope they can just repair it).. Will they do it even if I didn't purchase the computer from an Apple store? I got it from Macmall. I figure the year long AppleCare would take care of that? Thanks!
     
  2. kdoug macrumors 6502a

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    Personally, I don't think tightening the screws is the answer. Maybe removing all the screws and retightening them with proper torque would be smarter.
    Here's a link for the Pentalobe tool:
    http://www.ifixit.com/Tools/MacBook-Pro-and-Air-5-Point-Pentalobe-Screwdriver/IF145-090
     
  3. PhaserFuzz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know if the Genius Bar will do this for me? I'd like to avoid paying for a special screwdriver if I can.
     
  4. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    Possibly...
     
  5. ibebyi macrumors member

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    genius's, and even some of the other specialists walking around the store, will most likely be able to unscrew and re torque the screws. I had the specialist who books genius reservations do it on mine & It did not fix the creaking, so ultimately i had to exchange it.

    ifixit sells the pentalobe driver
     
  6. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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  7. lians60 macrumors member

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    Im curious as well, debating i should return mine!
     
  8. darwinian macrumors 6502a

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    I took mine to the doc at some point last week with these symptoms, and they were able to perform some minor surgery with positive results. It's improved, but there's a little remnant of the problem, so it might require a second operation. At least it was an outpatient procedure.
     
  9. korbearus10 macrumors member

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    I'm glad it didn't have to be hospitalized. BTW I heard that most everything is covered under the AppleCare/1 year warranty plan. No deductibles either! I'm not sure if true.
     
  10. darwinian macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I bought it some balloon screensavers.
     
  11. JoshJosh117 macrumors 6502

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    Take it in and they will most likely replace it, as they did with mine.
     
  12. darwinian macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I just realized I have a screw falling out. Are they not using loctite? At some point I guess I just need to go get a screwdriver.
     
  13. Greg M macrumors 6502

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    Apple replaced it for just the creaking? The screws on mine are tight and the creaking is getting worse.
     
  14. bhtooefr macrumors regular

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    Found this thread looking for stuff on the screws falling out, actually...

    I had a screw fall out about a week ago, and took it to an Apple store near where I was staying to get them tightened.

    Noticed some screws were loose, and noticed some aluminum shavings near the loose screws today.

    I think the threads are rather poor quality on these machines... I'm gonna call up a local Apple service provider tomorrow to see what they can do, and I've got tape holding my screws in.

    Is Apple replacing the chassis, or the entire machine, for this? If the entire machine, is the SSD being swapped, or am I gonna have to screw around with imaging it somehow? (I really don't want to go through setting up the Windows side again...)
     

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