Cleaning MBP logic board: possible pitfalls?
So I unfortunately spilled beer on my 2012 Macbook Pro about a month ago. I just took it apart and saw the tell-tell signs of corrosion - a green "crusty" area in a small part of the logic board.
1) Should I even bother bringing this in to an apple technician? They are presumably just going to tell me that its water damaged which I already know. I can't afford paying them ~$200 dollars to clean it for me so would rather just do it myself.
2) I'm thinking of trying to clean out the board using this guide.
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Basically my question is, to anyone who has successfully removed / cleaned a logic board is: Where am I most likely to go wrong? Is there anything not mentioned in the ifixit guide which I should be aware of. Have little experience in repairing electronic components and am, understandably, a bit scared of doing this. Any tips would be hugely appreciated.
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To anyone reading this whose interested in a followup, I successfully did this yesterday. I removed the board and cleaned it with with isopropyl alcohol and a soft toothbrush and got rid of all visible corrosion. Thanks again to those who replied. The hardest things in the job were:
a) re-inserting the logic board into the case
b) re-inserting the keyboard cable into its socket.
These videos are extremely useful:
This ifixit guide is good but it can be a little vague at times when describing how to remove the cables from the boards so definitely watch the videos.
A magnifying glass is extremely useful for ensuring all signs of corrosion are gone.
This is definitely tricky - some of the cables are not easy to pull out / reattach and i was worried at times that I was going to damage them. But if you're patient and logical about it, its satisfying work and its nice not to have to pay someone a few hundred dollars for something you can do yourself.
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