A1708/EMC 3164 — Released June 2017, this entry-level MacBook Pro retains its traditional function keys (as opposed to the OLED Touch Bar).

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Spilt Milk Over my Laptop Keyboard

I've accidentally spilt about half a bowl of milk (with cornflakes) onto my Macbook pro and it's only 6 months old... :( It powers up fine and is able to work like normal except that I have discovered a few problems so far:

1. It shuts down automatically at times, especially when I left the macbook on for a while

2. The letter "A" key is more difficult to punch down (but still work)

So I brought it to Apple store in hope that they can still save it from any internal damage. And the technician told me that when they opened up to check, some components in the top case are corroded by the liquid, and they need to replace the top case, logic board and the antenna (as they said the WiFi is not working properly even though it still works when I use it). The repair cost would total up to over a $1000, which makes it uneconomical to repair at all.

Is there any other way I could still save my laptop? Appreciate any help please!

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Sometimes circumstances predicate that "crying over split milk", is an appropriate action.

It's an almost certainty that the upper case has shorted out. However I would open it and examine to see if any liquid actually got into the logic board. The logic board is very well protected from liquid spills. Here's how to get into it:

MacBook Pro 13" Function Keys Late 2016 Lower Case Replacement

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Hi thanks for your reply. I realised I mixed up the model of my macbook, mine is the 2017 version instead of the 2016 one, will the guide work the same way?

Since you said the upper case has shorted out, would you recommend I replace it? Or could I only replace the components that shorted out?


There should be very little, if any differences. There are LSI dots on the logic board (liquid submersion Indicators) the are white dots that turn red when activated by liquids.


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