The Cost Of Not Repairing Macbook Air Hinge: How To Tighten Macbook Air Hinge

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Does your MacBook’s screen stand upright? If it does not stand properly, the cause of it not standing upright is that it has damaged hinges.  When the hinges inside the MacBook get torn, the MacBook screen will get wobbly. It is essential that when your hinges get spoiled, you immediately replace them. It is because damaged hinges will cause other components like screen connections and circuits also to deteriorate.

If your hinge ends up damaging your screen, then you will have to do a screen replacement. Therefore leaving your hinges loose until they get damaged will make you incur a lot of costs. Here is what to know about the MacBook air hinge.

How To Tighten Macbook Air Hinge

Before you even start thinking about tightening your MacBook air hinges, you should know the two parts to tighten the MacBook hinge. The first part is the screws for fixing the LCD on the top cover. The second part is the screws for fixing the hinge on the LCD frame.

You will first remove your MacBook bottom case. You will then search for the two rubber covers on the hinge screws connecting the hinge to the top case. You will then tighten the screws on each side. In some cases, you will find that your hinge is still not tight.

When it happens to you, try the second method. You will remove the screws as you did in the first method. You will then remove the LCD from the top cover entirely. The next thing to do is sliding the plastic hinge cover down and tightening the screws on each side.

How To Repair A Wobbly Macbook Screen

When your MacBook screen becomes wobbly, the cause might be that your MacBook air hinges are loose. Despite MacBooks being different, they have the same position and design of hinges.  You should know that you should not tighten your MacBook air hinges if your MacBook is still under warranty. However, if it is not, here is a guide on how you can repair your wobbly MacBook screen.

Shut Down And Remove The Battery

Before starting the repair, you should first ensure that your laptop is off and remove your MacBook battery. Therefore it is crucial to know how to remove the battery from your MacBook. If you do not know, here is how you can remove your MacBook battery.

  • The first thing is turning the MacBook off. After that, you will lay your MacBook on a soft surface to prevent scratches or any damage. ‘
  • You will then use a P5 Pentalobe driver and remove the ten screws on the lower case. The length of those ten screws should be two 9mm and eight 2.6mm screws.
  • Next is to pop the lower case of your MacBook by wedging your fingers between the display and lower case and pulling upward. Remove the lower casing and put it aside.
  • Afterward, you will disconnect the battery from the logic board. You will pull the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector toward the front edge of the air. When you are disconnecting it, you should be cautious not to lift upward on the connector.
  • You should remove the five screws that secure the battery to the upper case. These screws include three 6.3mm and two 2.4mm T5 Torx screws. Remove the battery from the upper case.

Open The Screen

Opening the screen should be the next task after removing the battery. You will open the screen to have a clear view of the hinges on the screen’s bottom-left and right-hand sides. On the screen, you will see some rubber plugs in the corners of the lid. You will pull the plugs out one by one using a sharp object.

You will then remove the screws underneath the rubber plugs and set them aside. Plastic clips are the ones that hold the plastic bezel from around the outside of your MacBook screen. Therefore it only requires little force to remove the bezel from around the outside of your MacBook screen. Slide your fingernails down the outside seam of the lid and pop out the bezel. If you struggle to remove the bezel, confirm if you have removed all the screws.

Tightening The Hinges On The Screen

Once you have opened the screen and have a clear view of the hinges, you will tighten the screws on the hinge.  After you have tightened them, replace the bezel by clicking it into place and replace the screws and the rubber plugs. If you find that your hinge is now firm, you can leave it there. However, if you find that it is still loose, tighten the hinges on the bottom of your MacBook.

How To Tighten The Hinges On Your Macbooks Bottom Area

You will find a clutch cover on your MacBook bottom area. The clutch cover is the plastic cover that hides the hinge mechanism. Therefore you will have to access those hinges and tighten them. Here is how to tighten the hinges.

Remove The Screws On Your Macbook Bottom Area.

You will first turn your MacBook upside down. By doing so, you would have a clear vision of the screws at the bottom area. You will remove the lower case out by removing those screws. Once you remove the lower case, you will see the clutch cover hiding the hinge mechanism.

Take Off The Clutch Cover

To access the hinges, you will have to remove the clutch cover. The screws holding the clutch cover should be near the hinges on the rear of the MacBook. Using a P5 Pentalobe driver remove the screws holding the clutch cover and remove it to access the hinges.

Tighten The Hinges

The next step once you uncover the clutch cover is to tighten the hinges. You should look at the screws to see if they are in good shape. If they are in good condition, see if they are loose and tighten them until they are firm again. If the screws look worn or damaged, ensure you buy other screws and replace them with the damaged ones.

Reassemble The Macbook

The final step is to return all components you have removed back to your MacBook. Once you successfully reassemble the MacBook, the hinges should now be tight, making your screen frigid.  However, if you find it is still loose, you should consult a professional about it. You can take the MacBook to any Apple Store and find help.

How To Do A Screen Replacement

If you continue staying with loose hinges, they might end up damaging your MacBook screen. Once the screen gets damaged, you will have to replace it with a new one. Replacing can sometimes be costly, especially if you are taking it to a professional. However, you can cut down on cost by replacing it yourself rather than taking it to a professional. Here are the steps to replace your screen

Set Up The Repair Area

Before you start replacing your MacBook screen, you should ensure that everything is in order in your work area. Ensure you assemble all the tools and clean the area to ensure there is no dust or dirt. Once you have set up the place, you are now ready to start the replacing process.

Heat Along The Edges Of The Broken Screen And Remove The Screen

Using the hairdryer, heat the broken screen along its edges. You should put the dryer close to the screen. Heat the broken screen until the adhesive holding it loosens. After heating the screen, attach the suction cup to the screen.

You will attach the suction cup by firmly pressing it to the glass. Slowly and carefully lift your screen, and your screen will come off.

Clean The Pro Screen Surface And The New Screen

You should ensure that the working surface underneath the old screen and the new screen is clean. You can clean using a clean cloth, buff, and polish. Clean any fingerprint or dirt to ensure your new screen is sparkling clean. After the clean up you can now start the installation process.

Install The New Screen

At the edge of the new screen, you will find adhesive strips surrounding the place. You should ensure that you first remove the adhesive strips. Heat the strips with a  dryer and put the new screen in place. Ensure it has a proper alignment.

Why Do You Have To Repair A Macbook Hinge?

When you do not repair your hinge, it can bring other more problems. It can cause damage to your other MacBook components. Therefore ensure you immediately repair your hinge when it gets damaged. Hinge tightening or hinge repair is not a complex task.

Is It Advisable To Replace Your Screen By Yourself?

Taking your screen to a professional for replacement can be costly. However, you can reduce this cost by buying a screen and replacing the screen yourself. The good thing is that the replacement process is simple.

Conclusion

You have seen the importance of tightening your MacBook air hinge. If you ignore a loose hinge, it might even cause damage to your MacBook screen. Therefore it forces you to replace the damaged screen with a  new one which can be costly. However, you have also seen how you can reduce screen replacement costs by replacing the screen yourself.

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