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MacBook Pro Liquid Spills

November 6th, 2009

Excessive liquid damage and corrosion.

What do you do when you spill liquid on your MacBook?

The first step is to turn off the unit, unplug from power and remove the battery (if possible.)

Next of course is to dry off/wipe up as much of the liquid as you can.

The main enemy with liquid damage is corrosion. Most components on the logic board are highly susceptible to corrosion and over time, this will destroy chips and break connections.

Often, the Mac will work for a few days after the spill and then stop working. This is due to the metals oxidizing and slowly corroding.

The best way to minimize the damage is to clean the board and components ASAP.

We use a lot of specialized solvents, but isopropyl alcohol works well and is widely available.

MyService technicians see a lot of liquid spills and neutralizing the liquid corrosion is one of the first steps in the repair process.


Minor hot chocolate spill. Logic board is fine.

Most liquid spill repairs are successful. MyService technicians can repair or replace components and chips that have been damaged. In some cases (see pic) the logic board is so heavily damaged that it will need to be replaced.

MyService offers both logic board repairs and new logic board replacements for laptops that have been damaged by liquid.

Many times, the liquid may not reach the logic board and may only affect the keyboard (keys not working, loss of backlight.) MyService stocks new keyboards and top cases for all models of Mac laptops.

If your Mac has been affected by a liquid spill, you can order a free diagnostic or contact one of our Service Advisors.

  1. November 6th, 2009 at 12:15 | #1

    If you know the liquid’s going to or has hit your lappy’s innards, but are quick enough to power down before possible damage due to a short circuit, you can open up the unit and rinse components with distilled water, also.

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