Spilled soda on macbook, have a question

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by fiuhpants, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. fiuhpants macrumors newbie

    fiuhpants

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    So, on sunday, I spilled maybe an ounce or 2 of Pepsi on my macbook. it was open, and the liquid was on the bottom left corner, and only got on a few keys (up to caps lock and the c key)

    i wiped off the soda, and it shut off, and stupid me, tried to turn it back on (that, did not work..)

    i then removed the battery and turned it upside down to dry in front of a fan
    and waited..

    well, 3 days later (last night)
    i put the battery back in and it turned on!

    everything is working fine, as far as i can tell.
    the only thing wrong is the some keys are a little sticky..

    my question is...
    is my macbook still at risk, if the soda got inside?

    all help appreciated!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yes. Who knows what the chemicals in Pepsi will do to the materials on a PCB, if it reached that far.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yes, it is possible that symptoms will not appear until later
    The liquid in question is corrosive and may cause damage down the road

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  4. fiuhpants thread starter macrumors newbie

    fiuhpants

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    if i open it up, and clean the inside with alcohol..
    will that help any at all?
     
  5. optophobia macrumors 6502a

    optophobia

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    I advise the following.

    1 - Use a sippy cup in the future when drinking and using your computer.
    2 - Drink Coke, it tastes better than Pepsi ;)
     
  6. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

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    +1 for coke .

    to the op, if you are feeling adventurous and have experience taking apart your computer, disassemble it and wipe with rubbing alcohol. Dry it, then reassemble your computer. personally i wouldn't do it, but that's just because i am a noob.
     
  7. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    It can, although it exposes you to the risk of damaging something else during disassembly/reassembly.

    I'd do it though, get all the sugary crud out from the circuitry and keyboard tray.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Just don't expect your warranty or Apple Care to be good any more

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  9. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    I believe that distilled water is what's typically used for such things.
     
  10. no.1 Apple Fan macrumors regular

    no.1 Apple Fan

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    Yes, totally :cool:

    As for your problem, I would suggest that you take the MacBook to an Apple store and have them check it out. Is it still in the warranty?
     
  11. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    If you do this, expect to pay big $$$ for a fix.

    The warranty is null and void given the liquid spill.
     
  12. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a

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    If you are going to disassemble it make sure to take details pictures of each part you take out, just in case you forget something.
     
  13. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816

    l.a.rossmann

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=8040416#post8040416


    Read that, and

    For the love of god, don't use rubbing alcohol


    Put the knowledge I gained from my own lengthy & costly experimentation to work for you. I'm no genius, but my method has netted me a 100% success rate on machines other techs have gone so far as to replace mosfets on prior to giving it a proper cleaning & drying. Give me a call if you have any questions on taking the thing apart, if you haven't removed your logic board ever, it can be a pain in the ass. You must remove the whole thin and the heatsink too - clean everything as I instructed in the aforementioned link, or the journey into your machine will be a waste of time.
     

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