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How do I fix a cracked hinge?

The black plastic covering the hinge on my laptop is cracked. What would be the best way to repair this?

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It's called the clutch cover.

Apple Part # 076-1374

Usually it can be replaced by squeezing it and sliding it about a 1/3 of an inch to the right or left. It's cheap. Here's the part:

http://www.powerbookmedic.com/MacBook-Ai...

On eBay it can be had for under $8

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mayer, How dare you tell somebody to stop suggesting a fix. The poster asked for a repair, whether cosmetically perfect, probably not. Researching and learning about a subject is a way to help an individual become knowledgeable, even though they may not be a #1 expert in it. I may not of had the same opportunities in life as you did with computers, this does not keep me from learning though, sometimes from mistakes I have made.

As far as the negative score, the poster asked for a repair, not a replacement part and I made a suggestion, not deserving of a negative score.

So as long as you do not mind, I will continue to help IFIXIT posters when I can by answering their questions, when I believe it may be of help.

Have a good day.

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At, if it is just the plastic cover that is cracked , you could try grooving the crack out slightly with a small machinist file and apply 2 part epoxy carefully and smoothly. If you are able to remove cover to make repair.

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MacBooks are not in your area of expertise, you might want to stay away from these questions.

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mayer, How dare you tell somebody to stop suggesting a fix. The poster asked for a repair, whether cosmetically perfect, probably not. Researching and learning about a subject is a way to help an individual become knowledgeable, even though they may not be a #1 expert in it. I may not of had the same opportunities in life as you did with computers, this does not keep me from learning though, sometimes from mistakes I have made.

As far as the negative score, the poster asked for a repair, not a replacement part and I made a suggestion, not deserving of a negative score.

So as long as you do not mind, I will continue to help IFIXIT posters when I can by answering their questions, when I believe it may be of help.

Have a good day.

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If you check, I've voted your answers up more than anyone else, besides yourself, Ace.

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mayer, I do appreciate your previous votes, they did not go unnoticed. I just do not agree with your initial comment on the question on how to repair the plastic trim (clutch cover).

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OK, it was just the amount of time it would take over a $4 to $8 part. Took the neg off.

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