Take apart MacBook Pro to try to cure water damage?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bruxmiller, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. bruxmiller macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2009
    Embarrassing story: I drunkenly spill wine on my brand new 15" MacBook Pro and get convinced by my (also drunk) girlfriend to submerge the entire thing in plain white rice in order to magically suck the moisture out.
    The thing won't charge or power on three days of "drying" later. I came across one guy's post that completely taking the laptop apart (guided by an intricate YouTube video) and cleaning the internal components with a special alcohol would solve this nightmare for me. My question: Is this just another horrible idea? Should I fess up to Apple (who I have ProCare with) or see what an independent repair guy says? Any advice would be very much appreciated.
  2. bruxmiller thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2009
    P.S. Now there's little bits of rice floating around in the comp. So sad.
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    You could try it, the worst that can happen is that it still doesn't work. Apple doesn't cover liquid damage.
  4. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    It's gonna cost you $1240 to fix it at an Apple store if it was non-accidental damage :/
  5. LedCop macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2008
    Good thing it was accidental then! :D

    Though I'm pretty sure Apple doesn't cover accidental damage either. ;)

    OP, in my humble opinion liquid damage by red wine would be too obvious to be "covered up".

    And unfortunately, I think cleaning has a low chance of success as electrical components could have short-circuited and cleaning isn't gonna fix that.
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    OP, I think the best you could hope for is to remove the residue from the wine, and restore the machine to a working order. If you take it apart, clean it, and it still doesn't work, then you haven't lost anything.
  7. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Sounds like you had a nice time with the GF though at the very least!
  8. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Agreed. No apple store is gonna fix this unless you pay the cost to buy a new macbook or something.

    If I were in your shoes, I would definitely take it apart and try to clean it the best you can.

    You've got nothing to lose at this point. And you might learn something new in taking it apart as well.
  9. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    Haha, I'm sure that ruined the night!
  10. bmlgirl1991 macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2009
    Please Help...spilled Juice All Over My Friends Macbook Pro

    Okay so i accidentally knocked into my friends desk that had juice sitting next to her macbook pro. I immediately flipped it over and unplugged it and wiped it down. I dont think a lot of the juice actually got into the keyboard but when we tried to turn it on only the white light in the front was on and the battery indicator on the bottom was on....the screen wouldnt turn on. It made some noises...CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME IF THE COMPUTER HAS ANY HOPE AT STAYING ALIVE...IM FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW.
  11. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    Unfortunately turning it on is just about the worst thing you could have done. Turn it off, leave it off, open it up, clean out any residue, and leave it to dry with rice for 3 days or more.
  12. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    It would have some hope if it was just water, but unfortunately the sugars in wine/juice tend to like aiding in the corrosion cycle of the sensitive parts on the logic board. Sorry :rolleyes: If it does work ,it will only be sporadically and until the connectors fully go bad.
  13. liquid stereo macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2005
    Saint Paul
    Wait it out

    I had a similar incident with my MacBook Pro 2 years ago. Took it to the Apple store and they said it needed a new logic board, the price of which came within $300 of a new MBP. I decided to just buy a new MBP with the hope of scavenging the busted one for parts.

    Four months later the old one started working. I went to pull out the disk and to my surprise it powered up after pressing the button. Prior to that it would just make the slightest noise when attempting to power up.

    Good luck

  14. sharkync macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2009
    Moral of the story -

    Do not put liquid near your computer.

    Getting drunk is bad enough (I should know, I've done it many times) but spilling liquid on your machine is priceless.

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