I spilled shoarma juice over my MBPR

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Nexigen, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. Nexigen macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2015
    Hello Guys,

    I decided to make a topic here after reading a few other 'i spilled x liquid over y macbook'. I'm also one of these idiots that managed to spill something.
    In my case, it is shoarma juice. The fat that comes free once you start baking shoarma. When I finished baking it I put it on my plate and went on watching a movie with both the plate and my macbook on my lap. Now the juice that was still on the bottom of the plate, leaked right on my trackpad and also covered a smidgin of the spacebar.

    What did I do :

    Once I noticed the spill, I immediately progressed sucking the juice out of my laptop, with my mouth. It probably looked freaking hilarious. It did work as I noticed a considerable amount of juice. After that I used foto paper and pushed that through the spacebar and the trackpad to catch humidity and left it like that for around 9 hours.

    After effects :

    My trackpad is going all nuts, uncontrollably opening and closing stuff and does not react to my gestures and finger movements the way it should.
    It's already around 9 hours ago since I spilled it over my trackpad. The laptop has been turned off ever since up to the moment I started to write this. Right now I disabled my trackpad and i'm using a steelseries sensei mouse to navigate. As for the space bar, it's working fine. It does sound a little different when pressing it though.

    question :

    Do you guys reckon the trackpad will get better after more time progresses? Or do you think I should go take a visit at a Genius bar in order to have the trackpad replaced? How much will that cost me by the way?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    Trackpad probably just has the fatty stuff built up around it which senses just like fingers so all it needs is a thorough cleaning.
  3. Nexigen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2015
    Yeah I've been thinking that too. But that would still mean the unibody has to be detatched from the laptop itself, meaning I would have to bring it to an Apple store nevertheless :(. Cause I really have no idea how to even get the screws off.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You need to give the laptop time to dry, it appears you didn't wait that long, or long enough rather to make sure all the liquid that you didn't get out has evaporated.

    I think since its juice, you need to clean the insides, due to the sugars and possible acids (I'm not familiar with shoarma juice)
  5. windywalks macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2004
    My friend's MacBook Pro suffered a similar fate although the trackpad had been served a few drops of spaghetti sauce.
    It started behaving erratically, opening apps by the dozen, resizing windows and whatnot.
    Letting it dry didn't really solve anything. He had the computer insured but was abroad and couldn't claim the insurance to fix it.
    I came over with a visit, opened the thing up, took the trackpad out and thoroughly cleaned it with Isopropanol. It now works fine. Weirdest part was, that there weren't many traces of sauce in there either so a tiny, barely visible bit on the edge caused all the fuss.

    I have to stress that this was a unibody 13" MBP, so one that is relatively easy to open and service.
    The rMBPs have the battery attached to the top case (keyboard, trackpad etc.), so it's really hard to only get the trackpad fixed, almost impossible since you risk tearing the battery.
    What this means basically, is that you'll probably end up forking out for a full top case replacement, which is quite a costly deal.

    Try using some pure alcohol to clean it and then maybe use a q-tip doused in alcohol to clean around the edges. If that doesn't work you either have to exchange the parts or disable the trackpad altogether and use an external mouse/trackpad - that's what my friend did until I came over and cleaned it up for him.
  6. Nexigen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2015
    Thank you for your reply though it deeply saddens me.
    Why does apple keep making it so ridiculously hard to fix things. So basically I need to replace the full top of my laptop, which means.. keyboard, touchpad and battery? How much is that going to cost me?
    I really hope a few more days will do wonders, but I might be as unlucky as your friend.
  7. windywalks, Jan 23, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2015

    windywalks macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2004
    Depends on where you live - it's around 400 euros, probably $500 in the US.
  8. StockDC2 macrumors regular

    May 16, 2011
    I don't think you have to replace everything if it is indeed just the touchpad. I just did a quick search on eBay and there are a few for $35. As for the spacebar, just remove the key and get a damp cloth (i.e barely wet and I do mean barely) and wipe around the area. It wouldn't hurt to wipe under the spacebar key itself as well. Good luck!
  9. windywalks macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2004
    Check iFixit and see how they took the rMBP apart.
    Good luck prying away the battery with all the glue without damaging it - it's an impossible feat.
    Beyond that the spacebar might start acting up in time (hope it doesn't) and the keyboard is impossible to exchange with a working unit.
    I have some really talented computer repair guys at my disposal - not a single one would take responsibility for this.

    Besides it's probably a fairly new computer so the OP would loose any warranty coverage he has left (it'll stay covered if he fixes it at Apple) and there are a lot more costly problems that might occur in the pipeline i.e. logic board, display etc.
  10. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    Somebody decided do a big one up on the coconut oil spill. ;)
  11. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

    Mr. Buzzcut

    Jul 25, 2011
    Who uses their MacBook with "exotic dancers" in the vicinity?
  12. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    I gottaask. Youre talking about shawarma right?
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Almost any laptop that has juice spilled on it, will be hard to service/repair, but I agree apple with gluing the battery on, using non-standard screws,etc seemed to go out of their way to prevent anyone but themselves from opening it up
  14. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010

    Oh you must have missed the coconut oil spill thread. It was a hoot.
  15. theitsage Suspended

    Aug 28, 2005
    I have successfully removed glued batteries from rMBPs. Also deal with a very similar situation the OP is having (but with milk). The trackpad would wake the laptop up from sleep due to a short somewhere.

    What I did was removing the bottom cover with a 1.4 pentalobe (star-shape) screw driver. Then pour 99.9% rubbing alcohol in the same path that the initial liquid spill occurred.

    I used a fine tip plastic toothpick and ran it alongside the edges of the trackpad first. This ensured there's enough opening for rubbing alcohol to penetrate the underside. I placed a clean cloth under the battery to absorb the drainage. It was cloudy looking due to milk residue. I recall the trackpad and keyboard ribbon cables were accessible with battery intact, so I cleaned those as well.

    I can't say it'll work for you but might be worth a shot.

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