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{A1989 / EMC3214}—Released in July 2018, the 13" MacBook Pro features quad-core i5 and i7 processors and Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics.

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How to open the display cover or remove water from display layers?

My MacBook Pro 13” from 2018 got water within the display layers.

Is it possible to open the display lid?

Is there any other idea how to remove the water?

everything else - including keyboard - works fine. The body seems to be coffee and water resistant. Only the display light is little uneven shining.

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Take the time to review the teardown's here to get an idea how much work it will be:

MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Teardown

MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Keyboard Teardown

We don't have a display teardown for this series but its similar to the older retina models MacBook Pro Retina Display Teardown


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Unlike Dan, I love delivering bad news.

Since the retina variant, I have never seen anyone managed to take the LCD off intact. The adhesive around and beneath the LCD panel is stronger than the panel itself, so you WILL crack or at least delaminate the screen trying to peel it off.

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Ouch! Not good!

First the design of the display is quite hard to open as Apple designed it to be sealed. In addition I haven’t been able to replace the 2018 model displays with alternate displays. At best you’ll need a real Apple display assembly from another system as Apple doesn’t sell parts directly.

As far as the body being liquid proof not really! Your keyboard has just managed to capture a good portion of the spill now it’s still festering in the cavities within the keyboard and I’m sure some has sneaked deeper onto your logic board. Depending on what you spilled corrosive actions can slowly damage your system and mold and bacteria will grow in the spillage and over time will eat into your circuitry.

Now the tough part! You need to fully disassemble your system to at least clean up the spillage. The keyboard is not replaceable on its own. Just like the display Apple did a very good job making it extremely hard to remove it and so far there are no replacements.

The costs are adding up here … What to do??

First I would strongly recommend you make a full backup of your system using TimeMachine. As all you need now is your system dying to the point you can’t recover your Apps & Data. Next I would hunt down someone giving up their MacBook because of a logic board failure so you can transplant your logic board to their dead system. In the mean time you should avoid using your system as the more you use it the more you could damage could happen.

You might want to buy another system (low end version) to likewise swap out your logic board if you have one of the higher end models. Or, just get a new system clean yours and put it aside for parts.

I wish I had better news ;-{

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