Replacing bottom panel - void warranty?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kolax, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. kolax macrumors G3

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    Anyone know if replacing the bottom panel on the MacBook Pro (non-removable battery versions) voids the warranty? I understand the serial number is located on the base, and Apple would know if the base has been replaced.

    Looking at getting this from iFixIt if it doesn't void the warranty.
     
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    The general philosophy is that if it doesn't break anything, it doesn't void the warranty.

    I replaced my bottom case on my "classic" MBP, and Apple didn't bat an eyelash.
     
  3. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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    If Apple did ask why the bottom was replaced, you could just argue that you took it off to service the RAM/hard drive and someone stood on it because you stupidly laid it on the floor.

    I suppose I should contact AppleCare to get a definite answer - just seeing if anyone here had done that and had any problems.
     
  4. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a

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    I would call AppleCare. Tell them that you are looking into having the bottom case replaced by certified Apple repair center (many local shops have this certification, it means they can perform warranty service on behalf of Apple, using parts they order from Apple), and that you are concerned about what will happen to your serial number.
     
  5. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

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    Yeah, thing is, if I got a repair centre to do it, it'd cost a hell of a lot more.

    I mean, the user can remove the bottom panel without voiding the warranty - it's the only way to access the hard drive and RAM. So I don't see what problems would be caused warranty wise with a user replacing that.
     
  6. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a

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    Right, I was just suggesting that that's what you tell AppleCare so you can maybe get some info about moving the Serial Number information, if that's even possible.

    If you use a proper Apple part, like the one you linked, and you don't cause any damage, your warranty will still be valid.
     

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