Nikolas Sariyannis


Keyboard after spill replacement or cleanup?


I have the same problem, i spilled oil over my keyboard. Since that some keys need to be pressed a lot harder to work as normal. I already took of some of the Keys to clean below. Which helps a lot, for a couple hours they work fine.

But after a they return to their old status.... I guess that there is still oil that gets back an between the contact under the keys.

So i guess i would have to clean in between the layers of the keyboard.

Can i get in between the plastic foil and the contacts by disassembling the keyboard?

As well if you would recommend to replace the keyboard entirely, which is the repacement keyboard that corresponds to my one?

I have an Early 2011 MacBook 15"

Thanks for any help!

Edited by: oldturkey03 ( ) , machead3 ( ) , David Hodson ( )

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Time is money, unless you're unemployed. While it is "possible" to dismantle, clean and reassemble the keyboard only you can determine if that's the best use of your time.

This is the part you need, maybe you can find a keyboard only some place... but again pulling the keyboard out and fitting a new one won't be easy, as they were designed to be part of a single component.

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MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Early 2011 through Mid 2012)...

Replacement upper case assembly compatible with all Early 2011, Late 2011, and Mid 2012 15" Unibody MacBook Pros. Includes backlit keyboard, and battery level indicator assembly. — 5 available at 189.95 each.

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