Spilled juice on rMBP Keyboard...

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  1. Taylor-C, Oct 8, 2013
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    Taylor-C macrumors 6502a

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    Rookie mistake I know...

    About two hours ago, I accidentally spilled juice (a Capri Sun... ugh) on the keyboard of my retina MacBook Pro... I wiped it dry straight away with a towel, and all seemed to be good - the keyboard was working fine.

    Now, the section where the juice was spilled (mid left section of keyboard) the keys have gone all funny (I don't know how to describe it) - like the juice has made the keys sticky and not as responsive as they used to be.

    I was just wondering if there was any way to fix this, or is there nothing I can do?

    I have only wiped it with the towel and done nothing else to it.

    I will be near an Apple Store Wednesday to Friday of this week - (I'm not usually) - is there anything that they can do to help with the issue?

    Note - it's a 2012 model, don't know if that makes any difference...

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    Oh - and thanks in advance if anybody can help me!!
     
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    You werent suppose to turn it on for at least a week so you have already made your mistake.

    If you go to Apple, your LSI probably have been triggered already so you would need to pay for it.
    It would be a logic board replacement costing around 600~1000 USD.
     
  3. monokitty macrumors regular

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    Sticky keys don't equal a defective logic board. At best, it'll need a new top case with built-in keyboard.

    But you're right - the unit should have been left turned off for a good couple of days as a security precaution.
     
  4. Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

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    I've seen plenty of spills where the damage didn't reach the logic board. Just leave it alone and preferably upside-down until you can take it in. Expect a $200 bill minimum.
     
  5. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    They aren't responsive, which means the logic board is possibly damaged as well.
     
  6. 53kyle macrumors 65816

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    If the logic board was damaged there would be other signs. Less keyboard responsiveness = keyboard damage :p
     
  7. nickandre21 macrumors 6502a

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    just try removing the key caps carefully and clean the mechanism as well as bellow keycaps for any residue which is sticky and causing the unresponsive keys. If that does not solve it get it to apple for diagnosis.
     
  8. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    Not necessarily. There might be logic board damage but likely unrelated to the keyboard issue. Issues could definitely appear later on because of the spill.
    Just my $0.02
     
  9. Taylor-C thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay I've left may laptop overnight and the keys actually seem fine now...

    Maybe not fully 100% back to where they were but, about 90%.
     
  10. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Just watch out for further signs.
    Usually spill damage comes in effect after a while.
    It could be days, weeks, months, or even years.

    I suggest cleaning it with alcohol to avoid corrosion.
     
  11. Taylor-C thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The affected keys have started to play up again - so I've made an appointment at an Apple store for tomorrow. :)
     

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