Macbook Air creaking?!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by malthev96, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. malthev96 macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2012

    Firstly, i am from Denmark...

    19 days ago i bought a Macbook Air.

    But the lower left side, under the keyboard, is creaking?! That now how it should be, is it?? Over the power button in the upper right corner, does it also creaks a lot, but only if it press it there. In the lower left it mostly creaks when it lift it or is sitting in the couch...

    Does any of you know this problem?? - if yes, what did you do?? I dont know if the store where i've bought it will take it back/repair it... It cost me 12000 DKK, thats a lot man... :( i hope they will help me, cause tis feels a lot of flex...

    Hope u will help me!

    Malthe, Denmark
  2. miss.manson macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2011
    What is the shop? And how old is the Mac? They should take it back or repair it.
  3. jsolares macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    Land of eternal Spring
    Probably a loose screw in the bottom, take it in or buy the pentalobe screws to tighten them up a little.
  4. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    There's little Apple can do about it. I've swapped it once, and brought it in another time to get the plate reseated and tightened. The creaking eventually comes back. I'm going to live with it, but it's really annoying.

    Haven't tried owning my own pentalobe yet though... Nor the suggestion someone else posted about unscrewing and rescrewing yourself with some anti-loosening gel...
  5. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    It works. I retightened with a speck of clear nail polish on each screw thread - no creaking since.
  6. ihonda macrumors 68000

    Sep 17, 2009
    buy the screw driver, i just ordered one last week and got it in yesterday. its fixed my creaking issue so ill just retighten it as it loosen up
  7. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    I don't know how it is for everyone else, but my creaking has gotten worse and worse. It's getting louder, and more frequent. Like I said, sometimes even at the slightest touch, or not touching it at all. It's kind of ridiculous.

    My pentalobe screwdriver hasn't come yet.


    Question to those who have the screw: How long is the "fix"? How soon does the creaking return?
  8. Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    Anyone know if this is an issue for the models you can buy today?
  9. Orka macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2012
    Moscow, Russia

    My new Air 13 (manufactured 02/2013) which i bought 3 weeks initially was silent but couple days ago it creaked few times. It's not as bad as people describe (well, not yet) but it's noticeable. At moment i can't reproduce it though...
  10. Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    Thank you very much for the information.

    Reports on this issue seemed to have died down. Perhaps because the majority of new MBA's don't have the issue or because the issue it now not as severe / random as you describe.

    I'd be interested to find out if anyone else has this issue with a 2012 MBA.

    A few years ago I used to have a 2011 MBA that I returned because of the issue. For the last 2 years I have been using a MBP. I want to upgrade my machine, ideally to a MBA - but not if it's got this issue!
  11. Redrum509 macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2012
    Funny you made this thread. I have noticed on the left side of my 2011 macbook air that it sometimes creaks and makes a noise when being lifted up to be moved. Does this need to be fixed? I have apple care so what would apple do for me if anything?

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