Macbook Pro reassemble: Frozen hinge
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Author:  mikentosh [ Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:00 am ]
Post subject:  Macbook Pro reassemble: Frozen hinge

Hi- I just started to reassemble a MBP15 that I've had apart for ages! Had to replace the lcd, bottom panel etc. As I get the lcd panel together I noticed both hinges are frozen stiff. I don't remember noticing anything like this when I took everything apart. Did I mess up by taking these off? This macbook had seen better days, so I took it apart to clean, re-apply the thermal paste etc. But the screen opened and closed just fine. Not too stiff or too loose. The lcd was cracked partially, but contained in the lcd panel.

The hinges are stuck fully open, on the same plane...like if the mbp could be opened so that the bottom panel and the rear display were laying flat on a tabletop. Hope that makes sense. And I'm hoping you can tell me there's some trick to resetting 'em, or I'm just doing something stupid, and ya get them to move like this...

I can't believe how much these little things cost! I'll duct tape this thing back together before I'd buy new hinges! :-)


Author:  justin-pbmedic [ Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Macbook Pro reassemble: Frozen hinge

It's pretty tough to open and close the hinges without the display screwed in. So if you are just doing them by hand, try securing it to the base and see if they'll open and close.

Author:  mikentosh [ Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Macbook Pro reassemble: Frozen hinge

Ya, I wasn't even thinking! The hinges are fine. It took someone mentioning WD40 to get my dumbass to think of how much leverage my fingers DONT have!
Thanks again!

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