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Replacing the Screen Latch

I need to replace the screen closing latch. It is broken. What parts would I need and could I buy them from your firm?

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Try this:

1) Open the lid on your macbook

2) Look straight down at the two slots just below the mouse button where the latches hook in.

3) While looking at the slots, press the latch release button in

4) Notice how the two metal latches slide back?

When the latch release mechanism is in its resting position, those two metal latches and the whole silver metal base under them should be resting flush against the inside front of the macbook.

5) Inspect your metal latches in the resting position. Are they flush against the front of the MacBook? Or is there a gap?

If there is a gap, then you have the same problem I did. I took a safety pin and tried to fish out whatever was keeping the latch mechanism from resting flush against the front of the MacBook. After playing around a bit, and vigorously pressing and releasing the latch release button a few times, it finally came to rest flush, with no gap. After this, the lid closes perfectly.

Here is a forum of people with the same problem, you might find your answer. I wouldn't replace the bottom case but as a last resort. Especially since the latch is in the upper case.

http://getsatisfaction.com/apple/topics/...

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Looks like you need to replace the lower case.

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Well, that's the part that contains the latch, and if he wants to replace it, that's what he needs.

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The latches are in the top, MacBook Pro Display Rear Housing. http://www.weloveMacs.com/mbp17rear.html The receivers are in the bottom. I own this machine and I looked at it and used a magnet to pull them down and look at them. He said the screen latch was broken.

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It says "includes latch mechanism" on the product details page.

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That's the difference in reading about it and doing it. Sometimes the "books wrong". If you've noticed, iFixit doesn't fix anything. They sell parts and depend on us to tell people how so they can sell those parts. I've been doing it for over 30 years, how 'bout you? Bye the way I negated the up vote someone gave you on this. You would have cost Michael $300 plus shipping for nothing.

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Thanks so much for this post. fix worked great. Nothing else seemed to do it. The safety pin or stickpin was a great idea and I used a little compressed air with it turned upside down over my knee to blow any particles that had been scraped loose with the pin. It works like a champ now. Thanks again

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