Help! rMBP (2015) Grinding Noise?

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  1. heyyoethan macrumors newbie

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    Help! My rMBP (which, by the way, the warranty just ran out a week ago. Bummer.) is making a grinding noise. The noise doesn't happen often, and it only lasts for a second or two and then stops and then I don't hear the fan at all. It's happened twice since last night. I'm very worried about it, considering it's barely a year old, and my warranty ran out. I'm pretty sure it's the fan that's making the noise, but is it something for me to stress over? I really don't want to deal with my Mac dying or something due to tis issue :(

    edit: I've also been playing a bit of Sims on the computer, which makes the computer get pretty hot, which isn't surprising since I sit on my bed and play it. But I've only played it a few times for 30-1hour. Could overheating be the issue? I also edit on FCP on my bed as well.
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    No, heat should not cause that.
    Can you upload a recording of it, so it's easier to know what we're talking about? It sounds like your fan might be obstructed in some way.

    Also, where are you located?
     
  3. heyyoethan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here's a link of what it sounds like. Skip to 4 seconds and it sounds like that almost exactly.

    I live in Kansas.
     
  4. deany macrumors 68030

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    sound like a bearing on the fan. have you got a temp gauge app?
    if its only just out of warrant apple will help.
     
  5. heyyoethan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No I don't. :(
     
  6. deany macrumors 68030

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    I would contact apple. I'm certain they will fix it free if the rMBP is so new and just out of warranty. I personally wouldn't use it in the meantime as it may overheat are you near an apple store?
     
  7. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Definitely obstructed fan. Might just be dirt which you could clean yourself, but more likely it will need replacing (which you can also do yourself relatively cheaply if Apple isn't willing to help.

    iStat Pro / iStat Menus can measure temperatures.
     
  8. heyyoethan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The nearest Apple Store is 30-40 minutes away, so I'm not terribly far. I'm just really nervous that I'll show up and they'll laugh in my face and tell me to leave. Apple has a way of making you feel helpless if you don't feed them money 24/7.
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    Ahh okay. Thank you :) I'll see what I can do.
     
  9. deany macrumors 68030

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    If you phone apple and explain. Here in the UK even if a product is out of Warrany you are covered if the item failed too soon.
    Ask yourself when you bought it did you expect this to happen - No - rMBP should last 5 years trouble free, minimum.
     
  10. heyyoethan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh okay. Thank you so much! I'll see if I can go up there really soon :)
     
  11. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Unfortunately, the Americans aren't quite as fortunate as us Europeans when it comes to consumer warranty laws.
    Manufacturer warranty is all they have in most cases.
     
  12. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    The fan costs ~$25 on eBay.

    It takes 5 minutes to replace the fan.
     
  13. heyyoethan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't trust myself to open up my computer and replace parts. I'd be too worried or scared I'd break something, even if it is super easy.
     
  14. Gesturthor macrumors member

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    Similar thing happend to my rmbp i took it to the authorised reseller in my country. They cleaned the fan and i paid 30$ for it, im happy about it.
     
  15. heyyoethan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay! I might take it to an Authorized Reseller then, considering there is one close to me. Thank you!
     
  16. Gesturthor macrumors member

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    i took it to a reseller simply because there are no apple stores where i live. If you are in the states or anywhere were there is an Apple store go there.
     
  17. heyyoethan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My thought is that going to an authorized reseller would be better for me, considering my warranty ran up. I feel like they'd be more willing to help than the actual Apple store near me. And the Apple store is around 30-45 minutes away, and finding time to go there can be difficult, where as the authorized reseller is only 15 minutes away.
     
  18. Wreckus macrumors 6502a

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    Disagree on going to the reseller first. I'd go to the Apple store first and see what they will do for you. I trust the Genius's at the Apple store a thousand times more than a reseller and you'll probably get better results as they will have much better relationship with head office than a reseller would. From past experiences, a reseller would rather sell you a new macbook or their repair service to attempt to fix it. They won't just give you a new MacBook because of their generosity.
     

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