MacBook Pro Unibody 15" (A1286) Battery bracket/screw issue


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 30, 2014
I was dusting out the inside of my MacBook Pro today when I discovered that the plastic brackets for the tri-wing screws holding the battery to the aluminum body were broken, allowing the battery to be removed without the use of a tri-wing screwdriver. (Picture here and how it should look here)

Is this a problem that I should be concerned with? Will the battery still be relatively stable just being held in by the Unibody metal screw brackets that hold the bottom removable panel to the main body? (I'm talking about these things here and here)

If not, would it be appropriate to repair the battery brackets with some type of superglue or plastic cement, or should I look into buying a new battery?

Count Blah

macrumors 68040
Jan 6, 2004
US of A
Tough call. I'm no expert, but I would probably ride it out as is. I don't move my machines around too much, so I know it wouldn't be in peril too many times. But if you are lugging it around constantly(it did actually beak under pressure I assume), then it might be worth replacing.


macrumors regular
Sep 30, 2012
Tucson, Arizona, USA
The correct and proper fix would just be to replace the battery.

The “on the cheap” fix would be to use a thin, flat washer on top of the broken off piece with the washer being just large enough in diameter to cover the “tab” thats still left on you battery.

It should be a nice, black, machine quality washer. To maintain that quality “original” look.



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