Screw Driver to tighten case?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by minnus, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. minnus macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2011
    My case has been noticeably creaking as of late (during pickup or palm resting). I am hoping to tighten the screws. I know that ifixit is selling one for $13, but $13 seems a little excessive for a one/two time use tool - can anyone recommend anything else - be it a cheaper alternative or a more expensive but more practical (like a kit) solution?
  2. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    Those screws are the new ones Apple is using with rounded ends. The drivers for those screws are almost impossible to find anywhere else. I think $13 is a pretty good deal. Who knows... maybe you'll upgrade the SSD one day.

    Also, remember that if the screws have worked themselves loose now, they'll probably work themselves loose again sometime soon.

    My 2010 MBA creaks too, btw. I haven't investigated buying a driver to tighten it up yet, but maybe I will now...
  3. EchoPure macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    yep, my macbook air 13" 2011 creaks during pickup or palm resting as well :(
  4. komoornik macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2011
    Just check eBay for macbook air screwdriver.

    I got mine for 3 or 4 $ from Hong Kong, and it's the same as ifixit ( from the Best 8800C set ).
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Tightening the case screws isn't going to eliminate the creaking anyways. Unless the case is noticeably loose, don't even bother.
  6. Poindexter333 macrumors member


    Jul 6, 2010
    NYC metropolitan area
    Mine is creaking too. Just slightly annoying- at least at this point, so I wonder how many people are experiencing this issue? :confused:

    I was going to stop by one of the stores and see if a simple screw-tightening would fix this, but I guess not...
  7. minnus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2011
    It is very weird, since having personally handled 3 MBAs, they all start out rock solid. Over the course of a a week though, the body starts creaking...then more and more frequently.
  8. Aras87 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2011
    my first mba was creaking pretty bad I had to exchange it.
  9. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    My experience has been different. I've had both a 2010 and a 2011 MBA. I bought one of the ifixit drivers when I had my 2010 MBA. Both creaked at one point until i tightened all of the screws. That eliminated the creaking for me on both devices.
  10. cbdoc macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Exact same issue here. Very annoying.

    Tightening the screws alone didn't work for me.

    There are some that claim that removing the cover and re-aligning it will help. A minor mis-alignment can result in noises.
  11. oneMadRssn, Sep 18, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2011

    oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I wonder if the Five-point star bit (1) 5/64'' from this kit will fit?

    I have different 24-in-1 kits from this site that I got a while ago for like $10. It doesn't have any 5-point bits though...


    Actually it looks like the MBA screws are pentalobe 1.2mm, so the 5/64" will not fit.

    I wonder if the T4 or T3 Torx would fit?


    I think this is the best choice right now:

    It's dual purpose. It has a dual-sided pentalobe bit with 1.2mm for MBA and MBP, and 0.8mm for IP4.

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