fix for squeaky space bar?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by otispunkmeyer, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. otispunkmeyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    Middlesbrough UK
    my space bar on my new MBP squeaks..... only when i press it on the RHS, which is just how i type

    is there anyway i can fix this? will it go away? i dont want to send it off for repair because the nearest appple shop is over 100miles away.

    unless the tech guys at PC world can do it
  2. Marky_Mark macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2005
    Prise the key off carefully. I think the keys have scissor jacks underneath them - it's probably those surfaces that are squeaking as they rub together. Face away from the computer and spray some WD-40 onto a cotton bud (Q-Tip for y'all Americans out there), and then gently rub the soaked cotton bud on the moving parts. Click the key top back on and you're good to go!

    If the key top is rubbing against adjacent keys, you can tell by looking at the keyboard in a dim area with the backlight on, and examining the clearances around the edges. If it's rubbing, prise the key top off and gently trim the offending edge by shaving with a (very) sharp blade - craft knife, scalpel or similar. Do it a fraction at a time and take your time, you only want to remove the miniscule amount that sticks out and not go so crazy that the trim is noticable as a contrasting dark mark on your otherwise lovely silver key top. use a sharp knife otherwise it may stick and gouge too large a piece out, or worse, slip suddenly and cut you.

    By the way, I accept no liabilities here. Do any or all of this at your own risk. The thing is to do it gently, carefully and take your time.
  3. Rinz macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2007
    I have this exact same issue.
    It came today, my first mac, nay first notebook. I love it, but the squeaking is driving me a bit mad, as i space with my right hand tumb while typing. it always seems to hit that tiny spot that makes it squeak.

    I'm quite screamish about the prospect of removing it and making 'home improvements'. but i may not have much choice.. so long as i can manage to get it off and on, without snapping anything.

    in my case, there is no visible friction occuring between space and the adjacent keys. so my guess is that it could be with the mechanism underneath..

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