Macbook Air shuts down unexpectedly after attempted repair from water drama

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by 5ilver, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. 5ilver macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2014
    So I was going to school one day when my water bottle leaked in my bag and got in contact with my macbook air mid 2011. Tried switching it on in school (I know I shouldn't have but I didn't know then) but it wouldn't power up. Left it out to dry for a few days, even tried the rice method but it didn't work. My warranty has expired and I didn't wanna go send it for repair because it's too expensive here in Singapore.

    Decided to order some tools off ifixit and when they arrived, I opened my macbook up, cleaned the insides and let it out to dry. Thank god it started powering up again! It would work perfectly fine but then it would shut down unexpectedly after a few hours (even with the battery still full) and then refuse to power up again. Sometimes an SMC reset would do the trick and sometimes it wouldn't. Any advice? :(
  2. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    Yes - take it to an authorized shop for diagnosis.
  3. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    There are a couple of types of damage that can happen with water damage - immediate shorts which fry parts of the machine, and a slower corrosion that can disable parts of the circuitry. Sounds to me like you have some corrosion happening which is affecting something internally. I think your only option is a real repair.
  4. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2007
    New England
    Your just putting off the inevitable , take it in to the Apple Store or Authorized repair center.

    Good Luck
  5. cyber16 macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2013
    ? What inevitable?
    Without a doubt when apple sees the moisture detection stickers RED and other signs of liquid damage as the OP already knows comes the ONLY option Apple will provide is a high priced repair.

    OP if you are getting a few hours out of it and then it shuts down, look to make sure your fan is operating.
    Have you ran the hardware test to help with a few clues?
    I have found most issues after liquid damage come from the magsafe I/O board or the attached ribbon cable or both, yet yours seems to be working.

  6. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Take all the components out and clean it all with contact cleaner. Dry off and put it back together.
  7. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Yes, we all realize Apple will charge him - it just may be the only way to get the machine to operate properly.
  8. dbroncos78087 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    I'm going to echo michael on this, it's not going to be fun and it's going to cost you an arm and a leg, but you need to get a real repair done on the system.

    Your drive SHOULD be fine and getting the chassis fixed should be all that needs to happen. Once you get that repair done, then you should be all set.

    Repair is going to be cheaper than replacement.
  9. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2007
    New England
    Well for starters the more the OP does to fix the problem / investigate the problem he or she could end up doing more damage.

    High priced repair for a high priced system. Personally I hope he can fix it on his own and it run's for years to come but in "REALITY" it's going to have to have professional repair's.
  10. cyber16 macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2013
    It's a mid 2011 model.
    The OP could purchase a working USED mid 2012 for the flat rate fee Apple will be charging him/her to fix it.
    At this point, the condition it is in will be worth no less on the secondary market such as eBay if they tried a few things. At this point a liquid damaged air that boots and works for several hours has value being sold for parts or repair.
    Taking those sales proceeds and replacing it would be better spent if the OP cannot get it working stable via self repair and used parts.
  11. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Talk to your home insurance company. It _might_ be covered.

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