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adjustment height screw type on trackpad?


I am trying to fix my trackpad not clicking anymore on a refurbished macbook pro 13" retina early 2013. I opened it up without any problem, but I can't seem to find the right screwdriver to unscrew the trackpad's height adjustment screw; a TR6 seem slightly too small and a TR7 too big. Do I need a special tool?

You can see the culprit in this picture, next to the thumb:

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I may be wrong but I believe its a t6 hex screw but ill have a go on a trackpad and see if I can find out for you

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just tested definitely t6 hex maybe the screw was already chewed before you opened where was the device refurbished


So just to be sure, T6hex is the same as TR6 (torx security), there is no difference between a T6 and a TR6? Well i'll give it another try and see what happens then. Thanks Lewis.


apologies I meant torx and yes t6 or tr6 are the same here is the link to the screw driver


Well, after another try with my TR6 from the 64 bit driver kit, it seems that the screwhead has been stripped enough to prevent me from adjusting the trackpad. The macbook had the logic board replaced 3 years ago when still under apple care and I guess they messed the screw up when taking it apart somehow . Well, I'll try to get used to "tap to touch" for now I guess. Thanks again.


hmm thats odd the adjustment screw shouldn't be removed its a setting screw I believe the trackpads are quite cheap it might be worth just purchasing one.


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  1. Adjustment screw is T6 or TR6 - if it does not fit it is a stripped screw, which is very easy. They are like 5 bucks at an Apple repair store. Before you add it back to the MacBook make sure the threads are clean and no do not put on ANY oils.
  2. Take out the complete trackpad using the 4 little silver screws (not the ultra tiny black screws) and clean it thoroughly. Strongly advise to take the cable from the motherboard and guide it back through when putting it back together.
  3. Clean the space where the trackpad rests, be careful not to bend the little clips where the 4 screws came out (my mistake the first time).
  4. Last resort is to order a new trackpad for around 20 bucks used or 40 new from USA.
  5. Put in the adjustment screw before you add the trackpad as you can sort of “feel” the depth of it with your finger.
  6. Put it back together in reversed order, keeping in mind not to bend the little clips at the back as they give the height of the trackpad in comparison to the frame. Make sure ALL parts you cleaned with alcohol are completely dry (give it an hour if you must to evaporate).
  7. After everything is secured put your laptop on it’s side and gently feel if the pressure to make the click is working and if you feel/hear the click when pressing in the middle. Remember that the trackpad simulates the click once the computer has power.

I have repaired around 30 MacBook Pro units with various issues and one of them was always the trackpad as it is one of the places fluids get into quite easily.

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My screw is also stripped. How do I remove it?


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