Late 2011 model, A1278 / 2.4 GHz i5 or 2.8 GHz i7 processor.

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Trackpad button stuck, replacement shows same symptoms..

I recently acquired a Macbook Pro 13" Late 2011 that was supposed killed by a spilled soda. I got it working again, and it works fine, except that the trackpad's left button seems to be stuck. I tried replacing it, but the new ones shows the same symptoms. I did have some difficulty installing the new one; at one point, I dropped in in a way that left it hanging from its cable with the connector stuck in the small routing slot, but other than that, the procedure went smoothly. Could a damaged cable cause these behaviors, or is there something else at play?

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That Torx screw was indeed the problem. I was following a different guide without those instructions, and I suspect the screw was overtightened by the person who tore it down for the previous owner.

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Sure you could have ripped the ribbon cable.

More likely you over tighten the adjustment screw for the button depress Review step 49

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