My rMBP creaks and squeaks!

njtransit215

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Original poster
Aug 24, 2012
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Hey all,

I just got my REPLACEMENT rMBP for the same issue. There is a creaking/squeaking noise that occurs when I move the computer around a little bit or press down. It's an intermittent issue that never seems to happen when someone from Apple is around, so they finally broke down and gave me a replacement. This replacement has the same issue and more (squeaking brightness key). My question for you guys is: would you get another replacement by sending it in for 3 more repairs or return it and wait a few months?
 

theuserjohnny

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Jul 7, 2012
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I do get creaking from my rMBP when I run my hand under the unibody of the computer. However during normal usage (on a desk or lap) it dosen't make the creaking sound so it dosen't really bother me.

In terms of the squeaking brightness key? I haven't had that issue.
 

NikkiJayne

macrumors regular
Mar 23, 2012
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England
I get this sometimes in certain positions, but it's something I've experienced with all laptops and I don't find it a big deal.
 

Hedoh

macrumors newbie
Jul 23, 2012
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Denver
Mine was making a creaking noise near where my left palm lies during typing.. it stopped though. I have had no creaking/squeaking when pressing any buttons, however.
 

AZREOSpecialist

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Mar 15, 2009
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Your computer is going to heat up and cool down, so it is going to be subject to some amount of flexing in the battery and unibody case. I would use it regularly for the next couple of weeks to see if the issues resolve themselves. Parts can squeak for different reasons, allowing your machine to heat up and cool down on a regular basis may cure the problems.
 

theuserjohnny

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Jul 7, 2012
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Your computer is going to heat up and cool down, so it is going to be subject to some amount of flexing in the battery and unibody case. I would use it regularly for the next couple of weeks to see if the issues resolve themselves. Parts can squeak for different reasons, allowing your machine to heat up and cool down on a regular basis may cure the problems.
Yeah I've noticed that as well. Whenever I'm using the machine it dosen't really make the sound but once it's cooled down and off it makes them like crazy.
 

rlantagne21

macrumors member
Jul 29, 2012
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Theres been a few threads on this already... Take it to an Apple store and have them take off the bottom plate, double check any screws inside (remember reading a post that it was a screw on one the speakers in someones rMBP that needed to be tightened for the "creaking/cracking" noise to go away). I was having a similar issue myself, made a genius bar appointment, just asked them to double check all the screws inside, which involved the bottom being reseated when they put it back on anyway, and the issue has pretty much seemed to go away (definitely a run on sentence).:D
 

AzN1337c0d3r

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Sep 13, 2010
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In my case it was OVERtorqued screws.

I took it in to the Apple store and they first claimed it was some piece of plastic and the genius went in and moved it back a little and it was still creaking, so he went back and torqued the screws but it was still squeaking.

He then tried backing down a fraction on them and it solved the problem. The creaking didn't come back for 3 weeks (until I had to replace the machine because I noticed the unrelated ghosting problem).
 

rlantagne21

macrumors member
Jul 29, 2012
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good to know about the over tightening being a possible cause as well... most people (including myself) were only thinking it needed to be reseated and tightened.. good find!!!