MBA creaks like an old man's knees

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by TNTN, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. TNTN macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    I'm noticing that when I type on my new 13" MacBook Air, it creaks - especially in the bottom left-hand corner.

    I think it's the bottom (which appears to be removeable). I'm worried that, if it's this creaky after a few days, what'll it be like after a few years?

    Anyone else finding this?
  2. marrzie macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2011
    I had the same issue on 2010 13" air but only when I picked up the machine. Guy st store said they all do that. I made them give me a new one and it was creak free. If it had the samsung ssd and samsung display I would probably try to remove and reseat the bottom. Otherwise I am taking it back. Normal non ocd people would probably just return for a new one not caring about trivial such things as ssd and panel brand.
  3. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    It stops doing it after a few days, I really wouldn't worry about it.
  4. jblock macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2006
    I had the same issue with mine and exchanged it no problems as the ones on display at the store were solid. I've noticed my new one does this a little, but only when it gets hot. Once it's cooled down it pretty solid again.
  5. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Did you try a little bit of WD-40?

    (just kidding... :D )
  6. marrzie macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2011
    In Sweden you get 30 days to try the air. Mine never stopped creaking. Wd40 does displace Water I think it Would be safe to use I dont think it would help other than masking the problem not necessarily solving it. Good luck.
  7. optmi macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011

    My 13 inch air creaks at the bottom right when I rest my wrist. It's not too annoying and it sure beats the bleeding screen with weak as @!#% hinge I returned the old one for. Bizarre though since the screws seem to be tight that hold it together.
  8. mouthster macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2005
    Take it back. Mine did the same and so I took it in and they replaced the bottom panel and now it's tight and noiseless.
  9. R.OG macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2010
    I had the same problem with my 2010 model. Tightening the bottom screws solved the problem.
  10. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    You got one of the Toshiba cracking cases, return it for a Samsung anticrack case
  11. jason.siegel macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Mine creaks too. It's obnoxious in a quiet room, so if I'm around an Apple store sometime I might ask them to tighten the screws. Can anyone else confirm that this is actually the problem?
  12. iExpensive macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2010
    Las Vegas
    Yes it's a "problem". It does go away after a month or so. If it's that bothersome a little adjust of the screws or re-seating of the plate should fix it.
  13. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    My MBA 13" 2010 started doing it last week. Went into an apple store and asked the repair guy to turn tue screws just a bit tighter on the bottom. worked. Don't do it yourself, they use some kind of moronic pentalobe-shaped-screw, you'll ruin it with a torx or the likes. Had the same on my previous unibodies. Usually it takes some time to get it started, but if the screws where not turned tight enough, it might do so from the first day. I think the tightening of the screws also makes the whole more ridgid. but that might be a placebo effect.
  14. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    My Air creaks as well, on the lower right side. Its' not that major of an issue, I don't really hear it when I'm typing or resting my palms on it, however I do hear it and feel it when I'm lifting or picking up my Air while the screen is still open. Kind of annoying, but I think I'll live with it.

    If it gets worse, I can take it in to get it tightened.

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