URGENT!! Spilt Sticky Drink on my Macbook Pro!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hector Domingo, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Hector Domingo macrumors newbie

    Hector Domingo

    May 2, 2009
    i've just, rather stupidly, spilt a sticky drink on my mid-2009 macbook pro.
    I've managed to dry some of it off and wipe it down but it is still sticky :(

    Nothing went on th keyboard thankfully, but it all went on the trackpad. Now my trackpad feels all sticky and won't register any movement of my fingers. When it does, it only moves a couple of millimeters on the screen and stops again :(

    Also, wherever i click, it only registers the right click. Luckily i managed to attach a bluetooth mouse and use that to switch it off. Also, the mouse seemed to jitter and wander when i am not touching to trackpad :( Another thing i noticed is that the performance dropped rapidly when i spilt the drink.

    Can you please offer me advice on what to do, I've looked all over, but com only find advice about the keyboard!

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Turn it off and wipe the trackpad with a damp cloth.
  3. Hector Domingo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Hector Domingo

    May 2, 2009
  4. Pixellated macrumors 65816

    Apr 1, 2008
    Try washing it out with some distilled water.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You do realize that you need to keep the machine off for a couple of days to allow the liquid sufficient time to dry. If not you run the risk of shorting out the computer.
  6. heliuscc macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2009
    Turn it off

    and leave it off. Then use isopropyl alcohol spray to clean touchpad area. Then leave it off to dry out for a long period (2-3 days)
  7. coast1ja macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2009
    I second that! It sounds like your trackpad is mistaking a part of the spill for a finger.
  8. JacaByte macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
    If you're okay with taking it apart, I'd remove the track pad from the computer and use isopropyl alcohol/distilled water to get the gunk off the trackpad and out of the inside of the aluminum case. (doesn't sound like any got on battery/hard drive on the inside) In order to get to the trackpad from the inside you'll have to remove the battery and the HDD.


    Don't soak the thing with distilled water/alcohol, you'll ruin it for sure.

    Edit: After reviewing the iFixit teardown of a uMBP it looks as if the trackpad is permanently affixed to the aluminum case. If so, that could complicate things.

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