Spilled juice. Message that it cannot find the keyboard

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mandygirl, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. Mandygirl macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2017
    Yesterday I was watching my kids friends and someone left a full juicebox on the table. It spilled on my MacBook pro. It could not have been much but seemed like a ton. I tried turning it over... Putting paper through the sides. It has been either upside down or sideways since. I tried turning it on and it was fine. Started making a squeaky noise then a loud noise. Turned it off. Put it back upside down. Tried again and got a message that it couldn't find the keyboard. Tried again. It was fine. Tried again and got the same message. It is currently upside down on a cookie sheet and i will be leaving it that way overnight... It is a work computer so I am extra worried. Any advice?
  2. Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    You should open the Macbook, disconnect the battery, and remove as many components as possible, let it dry for days, clean any corrosion with pure alcohol.

    Not disconnecting the battery and turning it on soon after the spill may have damaged some critical components on the logic board.
  3. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Wet juice causes shorts, dried juice causes corrosion. Not good either way, your machine may work for years, or never again, or somewhere in between. Thats the nature of moisture damage. Internal inspection will likely show the liquid indicators tripped, likely there is dried juice stains under the keys...so if fessing up is likely to be an issue... :-(
  4. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    Does the computer have AppleCare+? If so, it is covered (with a deductible). If not, it's going to be expensive to fix, and in some cases replacement is more economically viable - both which present issues with a work machine :(
  5. eddjedi macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2011
    Too late now but the most important thing to do if you get water/wine/juice etc on any electrical equipment is turn it off as soon as possible and leave it off for as long as you can (like a week, not just a couple of hours.)

    Water itself does not harm electronic components if there is no power running through them. However in this instance you may have fried it by turning it on I'm afraid.

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