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Repair guides and disassembly information for the MacBook Pro 16'' released in November of 2019. Model A2141, EMC 3347.

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MacBook Pro water damage short circuit


Unfortunately I recently spilled water on my MacBook Pro 2019. It has the following specs: .

I only spilled a few drops of water on it, landing around the keyboard and touchpad. I immediately turned off the computer and left it closed with the keyboard facing down and placed it in the airing cupboard. Unfortunately I didn't remove the battery and didn't use any paper towel.

I kept it turned off for 5 days and have just turned it on. It appeared to be working OK. It boots normally and will then run completely normally for a random amount of time (usually sub 10 minutes and frequently much less) and then it appears to spontaneously short circuit and cuts power to the screen and/or touch bar. The computer remains turned on at this point. If a second screen is connected it loses power to this display, so it appears to be an issue of power rather a problem specifically with the MacBook screen.

What would people recommend? I'd be very grateful for any tips.


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You may want to get a USB-C power meter as well like MakerHawk USB Power Meter as it offers a better view on what your charger is doing.


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It sounds like you may be lucky if it still somewhat turns on!

What I would do next is take the bottom panel off and post some photos of what things look like on the inside so we can get a better idea of what’s happened

As for resolving the issue I would get some isopropyl alcohol (99%),a soft toothbrush and some cotton buds/Qtips so that you can clean away any corrosion and hopefully resolve your issue

If you post some photos using this great guide

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We can see what has gone wrong and what our next steps are if they are needed

Hopefully this helps

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