Mac working fine after minor wine spill. Should I get it cleaned out?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tigrouflip, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. tigrouflip macrumors newbie

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    I'd really appreciate any advice on this dilemma I'm facing.
    I spilled wine on my macbook around the caps lock on friday night (almost a week ago now). The computer was off and out of battery. When I tried to plug it in, it would not charge. 24 hours later, the computer would charge and load up, but the keyboard was funky and would only type certain letters, caps lock was blocked on, and some keys would type the letter twice when i'd touch them. I brought it into an authorized service provider (no apple store in my country). The computer is covered by warranty for the next 2 years. They told me that they re-seated the keyboard connector flex cable and that it now works perfectly. Indeed, it works perfectly smoothly and there are no issues at all. I asked if they found any water damage, and they said that they didn't. The thing still reeks of wine though. I'm therefore worried that the wine is going to corrode some wiring or something and that it will die on me soon.
    I am thinking of getting it cleaned, however I'm worried that if I get it cleaned at the store, they will put in the apple system that there was wine damage when they go to clean the keyboard. I'm also worried that if I get it cleaned at a separate computer specialist that my warranty will be void because they will open it up and fiddle with the parts. I'm also worried that cleaning the computer may do it more harm than good.
    On the other hand, I don't want to leave corrosive wine in my computer just to have it die in a months time. Plus, if it dies or if anybody has to do work on it in the future, I think that they might void my warranty if they catch that there was wine residue for all this time.
    Should I get it cleaned?
    Should I get it cleaned at the authorized service provider or a separate specialist all together?
    Thanks a lot for any advice!
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    Your warranty was void as soon as you spilled wine in it.

    Take it in and have it cleaned. Apple will charge you an arm and a leg for this. A 3rd party may do it for less.
     
  3. tigrouflip thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The guy at the service provider seemed to indicate that there was no water damage though? Maybe they didn't take it apart fully?
     
  4. whodatrr macrumors 6502a

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    It stinks, but it 'aint broke.

    if it 'aint broke, don't fix it.
     
  5. tigrouflip thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know I'm probably being really delusional, but theoretically, if the wine didn't trip any of the sensors and my warranty is still technically valid, will having someone take it apart and clean it void my warranty?
     
  6. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    Technically, yes.

    But if the moisture sensors are unactivated and the job is done right, Apple will never know.
     

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