Important Information: The purpose of this post is is to give you the customer an idea of some of the many pitfalls one can face when repairing MacBook Pro water damage DIY. This post is not intended to be used as a step by step guide to repairing MacBook Pro water damage and we accept no responsibility for any damage done to anyones hardware software or data loss as a result of this information. Trio123.com offers an array of MacBook water damage repair products with pricing to fit any budget.
Repairing MacBook Pro water damage DIY Tool list
This is the beginning of a weekly series we will be doing on Repairing MacBook Pro water damage DIY. We could write for days and not touch on half of the issues you will run into attempting to repair MacBook pro water damage yourself, we get countless emails from people saying “So I fixed my MacBook after I spilled beer in it, BUT the keyboard, display and battery still don’t work” This is why self repair is usually a bad idea, in this post we will go into detail on all the steps required to correctly repair MacBook Pro water damage.
You Will Need the following tools –
- Pro Tech Tool Kit – The Pro Tech Toolkit is the one kit you need to tackle any electronics repair challenge. $49.99
2. 99% Isopropyl Alcohol – This will be used to clean any visible corrosion on your components, it is pricey @ $49.95 a gallon but is an absolute must have to effectively clean damaged components “As a solvent, it acts as a moderate evaporation, ‘plastic safe As it dries, it gives off a very light odor, which is not bothersome but serves as a cue to limit over-exposure due to poor ventilation.”
3. STEREO MICROSCOPE (Optional) – This model is the most affordable option and can be found on Amazon for $189.00 – A stereo microscope is an often overlooked tool but is critically important. You will want to inspect all solder points to ensure that you have resolved any shorts on the main logic board, additionally if you have a failed SMD component a microscope will be required to replace.
4. Hot Air Rework Station (Optional) – If you run into a situation where you need to repair or replace individual components on the main Logic Board a quality hot air station will be required. Prices very drastically, you can purchase a low end system for around $149.
5. Soldering Iron – This piece of equipment is pricey but you get what you pay for when in comes to functionality. This Weller unit runs $514 and will be capable of any micro soldering tasks you will encounter.
6. Ultra Sonic Cleaner – This is a must have for any MacBook Pro water damage repair, an ultrasonic cleaner will remove corrosion from underneath components on your Main Logic Board. Skip this very important step and you may regret it. A quality Ultrasonic cleaner can be purchased for about $89
7. Replacement parts – This is where you can run into some issues, first it’s imperative that you source genuine Apple Parts, trying to save money by buying counterfeit or off brand parts will come back to bite you. Take your time do your research and buying genuine replacement parts will pay off.
Repairing MacBook Pro water damage DIY Step 1
Now that you have your tools we need to get started with a thorough diagnostic, any MacBook that is exposed to liquid requires a thorough inspection, even a small amount of corrosion untreated can cause a system failure further down the road. For this example we will be repairing a 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display from 2015 Model number A1502.
- Inspect Keyboard and Track Pad for ANY corrosion or sticky residue – If found a keyboard or track pad replacement is recommended.
- Inspect Main LogicBord for any sign of liquid exposure. This should be done with a high powered stereo microscope, each SMD component should be checked for any signs of damage. If damage is found logic board should be cleaned ultrasonically and damaged SMD components replaced. Here is a video of the SMD repair process.
- All display connections and wiring should be throughly inspected, any sign of liquid exposure and the display replacement recommended.
This video will show you the proper way to disassemble your MacBook Pro A1502
Remember to take your time and inspect each component carefully for signs of water damage.
Repairing MacBook Pro water damage DIY Step 2
Now that you have disassembled your MacBook you should have a better idea of what components are “repairable” and what components need to be replaced. Here is a list of components that could be damaged after a spill. We will grade the following components on a scale of repairability from 1-10, 1 being not repairable replacement required and 10 being very repairable.
- Main Logic Board – A1502 Main Logic Board Replacement cost starts at $549.00 and is a 10 on our repairability scale.
- Display – If your display was affected by the spill i.e.: there is visible liquid inside the display you will need to buy a replacement, a quality replacement display will start at $389. A1502 displays are score a 1 on repairability, VERY VERY difficult to repair
- Battery – Batteries are often damaged by spills and typically require replacement. The batteries on modern MacBooks score a 5 on our repairability scale as they can be challenging and in some cases dangerous to replace. Replacement batteries can be purchased starting at $149, DO NOT PURCHASE A GENERIC BATTERY FROM CHINA, THEY ARE PRONE TO CATCHING ON FIRE! We will post a battery replacement video later in this guide.
- Keyboard TrackPad – Replacement keyboards usually start at around $75 making them one of the most affordable parts to replace, however the keyboard scores a 8 on the repairability scale making them very difficult to replace.
- DC-Inboard – Another part that can fail from a liquid spill, a replacement DC-Inboard can be purchased for about $35.
- I/O Board – Another part that can fail from a liquid spill, a replacement DC-Inboard can be purchased for about $65.