14 Replies Latest reply: Mar 22, 2007 7:06 AM by langfoj
thefalkon1960 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Just spilled soda on my macbook and the screen went black and I can't turn it back on.. Any help would be appreciated.


macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • sam Inman Level 2 Level 2 (350 points)
    I think you are SOS (Suddenly Out Of Luck)!

    You may want to take it to an Apple Store or a Geek Squad at a Best Buy and see if they can do something about it.

    Try taking the battery out and letting it dry out.
  • dobes918 Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
    DON'T try to turn it back on! Take out all removable parts like the battery and dry them with a soft cloth. Then turn it upside down in an open position like an upside-down V and wait a couple of days so it can dry out completely before trying to turn it back on. If it still won't turn on then, you can take it to an Apple repair place and see if there's anything they can do.
  • noxxten Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    no dont let it set. You need to take it to a sppleestore or somewhere for repair asap. The soda will turn into a exetremely sticky goo which will completely trash your macbook. In the end of this it may be better if you jsut bought a completely new macbook.

    note to users: always keep food and drinks away from computers. xD
  • thefalkon1960 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Do you know if it still doesnt tun on that its still covered under my apple care protection plan.
  • redbaron01986 Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    The applecare protection plan does NOT cover repairs/replacements for things caused by accidental damage, which includes spilling liquids on the computer. In fact, I think that by you accidentally doing this, your apple care was voided.
  • Dibbler Level 2 Level 2 (485 points)
    Definately take it to an apple repair centre. The sugar in the soda will stick to the components and circuits on the logic board and if you turn it on it will short out stuff on the logic board.

    And as redbaron mentioned apple's warranty etc does not cover liquid damage.

  • JimUrban Level 4 Level 4 (2,590 points)
    RedBaron is correct.Your warranty has been voided by "Liquid Damage".

    If you're lucky,the MacBook may function once it dries out.(Probably not)

    If not,it may be more cost effective to replace the MacBook than to have it repaired.


    PowerBook G3 500 Mhz "Pismo"/ 2.0Ghz BlackBook 2GB OWC RAM   Mac OS X (10.4.8)  
  • Dibbler Level 2 Level 2 (485 points)
    Jim is right they cost to much to repair. Especially if the logic board is damage i'm sure someone else on here mentioned before that they would told it would literally cost almost the price of a new macbook to replace the logic board.

  • redbaron01986 Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    If it turns out that your macbook won't work and you choose to buy a new one, check to see if your apple care will transfer over to the new computer. Under normal circumstances, the protection plan is transferable.
  • NTHEWND54 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just remember to get one of those neat Zcovers next time.
  • Joe Cleghorn Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Dobes, thats good advice. A few years ago, I spilled a beer in my old clamshell iBook. I immediately turned it off, took out the battery, and let it dry a few days. Luckily, it was fine afterwards, although it had a fairly malty smell when it warmed up. My then 2 year old also decided to give a Dell laptop a drink of iced tea (about a quart). Did the same routine, although when it dried out the keyboard had to be replaced due to sticking keys. I'd think with soda that would also be the case.

    As far as the Zcovers, are those really a good idea? I thought the MacBooks took in air for cooling through the keyboard.
  • dobes918 Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
    Yeah, I also learned about that the hard way. I once tripped over the carpet on my way into a room where my tiny Sony laptop was on and waiting for me, and splashed water all over it. I freaked and sent it to Sony repair, and they told me it needed a new motherboard, which would cost $800. The laptop was 3 years old at the time, so I just bought a new one, though I couldn't afford it, and told Sony to send the old one back unrepaired. A week later, I tried to turn it on just to see if I could get it up long enough to get data off my hard drive, and it WORKED! Of course, I don't know how much longer it would have worked before rust from the spill corroded the circuits, but at the time I was a little upset that I had just spent so much on a new one.

    Another time I put my cell phone in the washing machine, and again, 3 days later, after a thorough drying-out, it worked, and this time it worked for 2 more years, with the only damage being a slightly sticky #9 key.

    Since then, I've read that the key to preserving any possible recovery of a wet laptop is NOT to turn it on until it's completely dried out, and to take out and wipe off any removable parts, including battery, hard drive, memory chips, and keyboard keys, as soon as you can.

    And, of course, you shouldn't eat or drink or put glasses or bottles down near a laptop. But ** does happen.

    And the reason I didn't suggest going to Apple straight off is exactly what other people said -- the spill will void your warranty, and repair is likely to be as expensive as a new computer.
  • m3_spinner Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Do not try with your computer, but my wife spilt some cranberry juice on a cell phone. Did some research, and it was mentioned if you dunk you cell in water on accident, they you could dunk it in rubbing alcohol? right away and it would displace the water. Leave it do dry a few days, and should work. It seemed that it worked for a few ppl, but we did not try it as it was too late.

    After a while her phone eventually died, and Sony very 'nicely' pointed out to us the corrosion inside. Off to the store. Maybe I can get the iPhone next if 'accidentally' spill coffee?

  • langfoj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am in the same situation as you, foolishly i tried to turn on my Macbook after the screen went out but i tried it after i dump all the mountain dew out and unplugged the power and everything else. It didn't work. I freaked and went straight to a Mac reseller which told me it would be $125 to take it apart and clean it and see if anything needed to be replaced. Well after a week of waiting and about 100 emails to the Techy it turns out that all they intended to do was take off the keyboard and just LOOK at the board, no cleaning whatsoever. He said he saw some corrison on the board and it would be $250 to clean it completly and then i would be charged for all the parts needed to fix it. So i came to my senses and took it back home. About 2 weeks later i tried to power it up with just the power adapter and amazingly it worked. I took it completely apart and everything was sticky but i took some alchol to it and reduced it a lot. I then looked at the connection from the logic board to the battery connection and it looked like it was fried i am going to try and test the actual battery and hope it isn't my logic board because if it is I just made my nice Macbook laptop into a nice Macbook desktop. If anyone has any suggestions on how to go about cleaning it further to remove all the stickiness and troubleshooting the battery connection it would be VERY much appricated.