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In June 2017 Apple updated its 13" MacBook Air with a newer Broadwell Intel Core i5 processor, resulting in slightly increased performance and battery life.

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Display "falls back after 100°" is there a fix?

I have a 2017 MB Air A1466 and when the display is opened to around 100° it flops back to its maximum extension, I have checked the hinges and they are not lose at all (I tightened them right up), it must be something with the hinges? Problem is to change them I can only find the left side with the cable and no right hinge replacements. Is there some trick to make them more stiff or am I looking at a whole new top case unit?

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This is a known issue in this series as the hinges have a spring friction that wraps around the hinge pin. But the hinge pin is press fitted into the aluminum lid frame with a key surface which can often break free.

Sadly, you need a new frame which if you can find a junker you could swap out (not easy mind you) or the only other option is to get a new display assembly.

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Yes I thought as much, not the nicest or easiest job to do... here's looking for a junker! Would one new hinge fix it? Or do you know if a 2015 & 2017 share the same screens and connections?

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Maybe changing just one hinge might make it 'better (The one that includes the cable is easy to buy, the right side without hinge nobody sells as far as I can see)

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@livfe - Sadly it’s not that simple, give this vid a look MacBook Air Hinge Service. Both hinges have cables running thru.

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A time consuming fix yes, I did it before to change an LCD inside the assembly :)

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