Multi-Touch trackpad gone bad, how difficult to fix?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by GeoFan49, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. GeoFan49 macrumors member


    Mar 3, 2012
    Silicon Valley, SF Bay Area, California, USA
    It seems the Multi-Touch trackpad on my Mid-2009 15" Unibody MBP has gone bad, how difficult to fix?

    The pointer moves, but has no click. Therefore, I must use an external mouse (Bluetooth or USB) —— so my MacBook Pro Laptop is now a desktop, for all practical purposes.

    How easy is it to fix this problem? I have replaced the battery and the hard drive a year ago, with no problems. Is the trackpad easy to replace?

    MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15" with 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo .. Mid-2009 15" ID MacBookPro5,4.
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Well firstly go into settings and click tap to click and then it will be usable (I always use this setting and almost never click my trackpad down anyway).

    Then go to and look it up there will be a guide for it and parts for many macs. Below are links to parts and replacement guides.
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I just replaced the trackpad and battery on my old 2009 13" MBP. It was a pretty easy job, I just used the guide at iFixit. I don't imagine it's much different for the 15" MBP.
  4. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
    That symptoms you describe are not necessarily caused by the trackpad. More often they are caused by an old battery that has started to swell. The battery is directly under the track pad and when it swell, it prevents you from clicking on the trackpad.

    If your model has a removable battery, the easy way to check is to shut down, remove the battery, plug into power and reboot. If the trackpad works with the battery not installed, then the problem is the battery and replacing it should solve your problem.
  5. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    OP said that the battery was replaced about a year ago.
    But, batteries do fail, and swelling is one of the issues.
    Worth testing the trackpad button with no battery installed.
  6. McBeresford macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2005
    Trackpad is a breeze to replace, but check your battery... That is the #1 culprit of a faulty trackpad on the unibody MBP's
  7. GeoFan49 thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 3, 2012
    Silicon Valley, SF Bay Area, California, USA
    Thanks for all the interesting suggestions. Very good stuff!

    Immediately after I upgraded to OSX 10.11.3 El Capitan, all is well now.

    When I was running Yosemite or Snow Leopard (USB BOOT DRIVES) there was no response from the touchpad click attempts. Now A+Okay! ‼️

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