Retina 13 weird keyboard

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by oGu, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. oGu macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2007

    I just bought a used retina 13 from eBay. The keyboard is weird in the fact that half of it has the backlight a bit lower and it sound weird when typing. I opened up a couple of keys and found the everything in working order but the key caps where a bit dirty as in the pictures. Is there any other reason for them being like that other than liquid damage (coke or coffee by the colour of it)? Can this be fixed by myself? I cleaned all the affected keys and their clips but nothing changed other the the travel being smoother of the affected keys.

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  2. Binomio macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2012
    That laptop has sticky liquid spill (coffee/cola), it is possible that the there is more under the little clips thus causing the crunchy key sound. You may be able to take the entire keyboard out by removing all components and cleaning it. This of course is a long and tedious process (over 50 tinny screws holding the keyboard).
  3. oGu thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2007
    So no chance I getting this fixed by apple. Does this affect the warranty of the rest of the notebook? If something else fails will they fix it or they will just see the liquid damage and refuse to do so?
    If this is what will happen next time I have to take it to apple for a repair than it's not worth paying for apple care.
  4. 8080532 Suspended

    Apr 7, 2013
    This will effect the warranty if the moisture detection strips are tripped. In this case, I do not have the knowledge to tell you where to look for it. To be honest, I think that it was sold on ebay because that is where the seller would get the most money back, apple would just given them chump change because they see that there is damage. I believe that in the long run, maybe 3 years something "might" go wrong, but i doubt it. If it hasn't gone wrong already, then I think you are in the clear. If something else fails you will not be able to use your warranty to cover the failed component; thus, leaving you with the cost of the entire repair. They will not refuse you unless you pay for the repair cost.

    Ps I will advise you to not get apple care from here on as it seems that the warranty may have been voided by that incident.

    Sorry for the bad news, i thought you should be informed of what situation you are in. =(

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