Late 2013 Retina Macbook Pro 15 - Difficult to remove bottom case

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Photios, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. Photios macrumors member


    May 17, 2009
    I'm having difficulty removing the bottom or lower case of my rMBP. I can remove the screws, no problem, but when I try to lift off the lower case, the part nearest the display lifts up, but as I move on each side towards the front the case will not come up and seems like it is glued or stuck somehow. I'm not sure what to do the successfully remove it, without damaging it - bending it. I would think it should just lift off without any trouble...

    Anyone experience this? How did you get the case removed?

    I know some might be why would I want to the lower case in the first place? Heh... I'm trying to fix my creaking issue without exchanging the rmbp.
  2. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    The plate should come off without any hiccups. I recommend try slowly taking it off from the corners with something that won't scratch or hurt anything like maybe a credit card. If there's something that's not sharp you can try to wedge it in there and lift it up.

    Regarding the creaking, I can tell you from experience, I say this sincerely, nothings going to help fix it. I have been through a lot as have people I know. The creaking issue just doesn't go away.

    I see you've paid a very pretty penny for the 2.6GHz, 16GB ram, 1 TB SSD. WOW on the specs. That's an amazing laptop.

    If I was you, I would exchange it out and hope for the best. I don't know anyone who's found a permanent fix.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    The cover is latched in the middle; just use a big more force.

    Anyways if you try to exchange this for this reason, you'll get the "you're not suppose to remove the cover" look and probably be denied.
  4. Photios thread starter macrumors member


    May 17, 2009
    Yeah... that was it... those two little latches in the middle holding it tight. Funny, how these machines vary in how well they are put together. My older macbook pro makes no noise at all. This machine, if I just touch the bottom case it's like crinkling cellophane. It is hard to explain... but psychologically, I regret my purchase, as I have the feeling that the computer is just a piece of "junk". So much technology, R&D, fit and finish went into making these computers... yet, this is a huge fail on Apple's part. The computer is still "fantastic" yet, I don't have that joy any more holding it. I'm considering finding a 2012 model that I can just put in a larger hard drive for my purposes.
  5. hugo525 macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2009
    I had the same problem with my 2013 rMBP 15, I've exchanged a few because of the uneven screen issue, now I finally settled down with one and found out this squeaking case problem, and now I am out of the 14 days return period. I just have to suck it up.

    I have a 2013 rMBP 13, seems fine with a solid case, maybe because the back case is small than 15 rMBP

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