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Repair guides and disassembly information for the 14-inch MacBook Pro released in January of 2023, featuring Apple-designed M2 Pro and M2 Max SoCs.

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Some water got into ports due to rain, what do I do?

There was some light rain and i left my bag slightly open which let some rain water on the ports. I’ve turned off the laptop and am gonna let it dry for 24 hours. What else should I do?

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Hi @simsim88959 ,

The impurities in the water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the laptop's operating design and could damage the components. The corrosion starts immediately and is ongoing until it is completely cleaned away

First do not try to charge or to turn on your laptop and then remove the battery as soon as possible from the laptop to minimize any further damage.

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the laptop and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 99%+ (available at electronics parts stores) to remove all traces of corrosion and water. If possible do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% IPA or less, can contain additives and is not as effective. If you do have to use it check the label to verify the amount of IPA. The higher the percentage of IPA the better

Here is a link that describes the process. Electronics Water Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted pcb be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board. Remove the shields that may be covering some components as the water may have got in under there. The ends of any flex cables and their connectors need to be cleaned as well

Hopefully after you have done all this the laptop might possibly work correctly again.

Here is the ifixit Macbook Pro 14" Early 2023 guide that may help.

If this process seems too daunting and as any warranty on the laptop doesn't cover any liquid damage, contact an authorized Apple repair service, experienced in liquid damage repair and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

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That is generally the best course of action.

Additionally, If the ports don't work after they are dry, you can also try to visually inspect the ports to make sure they do not look corroded, which could happen if they get wet. Otherwise, your computer should be good to go after letting it sit and dry for a while.

(If you can't wait that long a hair dryer could speed up the process)

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