Another spill horror story: Diet Coke.
My wife spilled about 6 oz of Diet Coke on the keyboard of her 6 month old 1342 MacBook (it was plugged-in and "on" at the time). She immediately put it on a side to let it drain and she also turned it off. Only it didn’t turn off, but went into sleep mode.
About 3-5 min later, we noticed the sleep mode and held the power button down until it shut off. Needless to say, I never re-started again...
Using instructions on this site, I tore it down completely and I saw virtually no signs of Diet Coke on the inside! There was some traces on the bottom “pan”, some on the rear vent. But the hard drive, optical drive, battery and the logic board, had no signs of the Diet Coke!
I was ready to clean things, but there wasn’t anything meaningful to clean up! I suspect that most of the Coke stayed in the key board or leaked around on the sides, where it missed "vital organs".
What are the chances that the damage was contained in the keyboard?
I saw in another thread that there is a chip that controls the power button, could I have experienced the same type of failure?
I am considering stripping it down again and washing the keyboard in the ultrasonic tub (I have friends who work on/design PC boards and chips). Unfortunately, none of them know anything about Macs...
Any other ideas?
Is this a good question?