Getting underneath keyboard? (Need help, broken Mbp15!!!)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by theegle, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. theegle macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2016
    So about a month ago I split water all over my new mbp 13" Retina. Up to now I have, let the water dry from my computer, got it assessed, cleaned entire logic board with 99% isopropyl alcohol, resealed and booted up.
    From there I got it all to work except for 2 problems: battery not working properly and NO KEYBOARD!!!
    Since then I've reopened it up and disassembled it only to get to the very bottom of the shell before realising I have no idea how to get to the keyboard after removing battery and logicboard etc. Is there any way I can actually clean up the keyboard itself with the alcohol to try to get it working again or is it toast? I don't want to mess around with the battery any more (Got a few sparks removing it!) so I assume I just need to buy a new one, but what can be done for my keyboard? I don't really want to replace both parts if I can help it?

    It looks like this from my view: [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance!!!
  2. theegle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2016
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    If the keyboard does not work at all, then "cleaning" or "adjusting" the keyboard is not likely to help.
    I would more suspect that the connection to the keyboard is the issue. There's a connector somewhere which is for the keyboard, and probably the trackpad, too, where it attaches to the logic board.
    I suspect that you are not going to have much luck, if the keyboard doesn't work at all, particularly after this amount of time has passed (damage has already done)
    A relatively new MBPro might not have replacement parts available yet (Apple would not have a keyboard, but would replace the entire top case, which includes the keyboard), so you may find that replacing parts is your only fix, and Apple sources is your main source for help. Maybe you have an independent Mac repair shop near you. There are still some around.
  4. tubeexperience, Oct 6, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2016

    tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    You need to replace the keyboard. ($25 on eBay)

    The keyboard is riveted in.

    What you need to do (after removing the screws) is turn the laptop over and push down on the keys from the other side.

    After you removed the keyboard, use dikes to pull out any remaining rivets.


    You can also rip the keyboard right out, but that would leave more rivets that you have to pull out afterward.


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