MacBook Pro Beer Spill Aftermath

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ebenitez, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. ebenitez macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2013
    So I was dumb enough to have an open bottle of beer right next to my precious macbook pro. I knocked it over, and spilled on the left side of my keyboard. ( Right above the motherboard) I was in a panic so I didn't quite see how much was spilled, but i immediately unplugged everything, powered off, flipped upside down, whipped down excess liquid on keyboard.

    I let my Macbook sit upside down overnight in a bag of rice. The next day I took it apart, Optical drive, ram, motherboard all out of the body. There seemed to be zero sign of water damage to the motherboard. ( no sticky residue, no smell of beer ) So i let it sit in rice again for a total of 60 hours.

    Today i powered on my Macbook, it is all running and all keys are working. Everything seems to be normal.

    Is there any other course of action i should take? Am I in the clear yet? I'm typing from it right now. Am I one of those lucky bastards that got away with spilling liquid on their Mac? Any insight from fellow "idiots" who have done the same would be appreciated!
  2. Lolito macrumors 6502


    Mar 20, 2013
    my 2009 unibody macbook has a plastic layer behind the keyboard, so if you spill liquid, it may save all the internals...

    it is important to keep this plastic in perfect shape so it will safe your laptop from liquids. for instance, after replacing the thermal paste in my laptop, this plastic was stuck to the cooling pipe, so while taking it apart, the plastic broke. I have to put a wide tape to close again the plastic.

  3. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Look on the bright side... If you are still within your year of warranty and haven't purchased AppleCare yet then you just saved $200. :D

    Happend to me with a whole cup of coffee. My MBP is fine but Im sure the liquid sensors were tripped so I saved some cash I guess.
  4. StockDC2 macrumors regular

    May 16, 2011
    I believe AppleCare is refundable. All they do is prorate whatever is left.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Looks like you may have dodged a bullet.
    I highly recommend using a laptop stand such as the mstand by Rain. That keeps the laptop elevated and reduces the risk of damage due to spillage.
  6. ebenitez thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2013
    yes i think after this little incident im going to buy a stand for it, and just use it as a "desktop" . Only strange thing that is happening is when i close the lid of my Mac it doesnt go to sleep. Before it would sleep right away
  7. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    dude i would of disconnected the battery as well

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