Can laptop hinges be repaired?

The answer is yes. A broken laptop hinge can be repaired in several ways so that you won’t have to convert your laptop into a desktop.

Laptops are also expensive machines so don’t want to incur exorbitant expenses to buy a new one yet you can spend a small fee to fix a broken or disassembled hinge.

Most laptop models except MACS have hardware components built in unique ways. Depending on your laptop model, there are different ways your broken Laptop hinges can be repaired, putting in mind the extent of damage on Laptop hinge.

If yes, broken hinges can be repaired. The next question in your mind could be, how?

In today’s post, we’ll discuss steps you can go through to disassemble the hinge and repair your laptop’s broken hinge. 

The process may require you to purchase some spare parts. If you are not tech savvy, please take your laptop to a qualified technician to avoid further damage.

How to repair a broken laptop hinge

…In case your laptop display monitor gives way easily other than being firm, it is time to repair or replace the hinges so that it’s not rendered useless..

In case your laptop display monitor gives way easily other than being firm, it is time to repair or replace the hinges so that it’s not rendered useless.

As you set to begin, keep in mind certain things. Repairing a laptop hinge will require to open up the chassis of your laptop which will render your warranty void, that is if it’s valid.

In this post, I will give general instructions but it’s highly advisable you look for the laptop repair/service manual from your manufacturer.

Items you will need:

  • Screw drivers
  • Drill index
  • Cordless drill
  • Hacksaw
  • 3mm short screws
  • 3mm coupling nuts
  •  Vice grips

Step 1:

You need to disconnect your laptop power cable, battery, and DVD drive if present.

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Step 2:

At this point you remove the keyboard by unscrewing the screws that attach it to the laptop base. Certain laptops require no unscrewing like that one in our demonstration below.

Take notice of where you removed each screw so that you won’t have to mix them up when getting the laptop back together.

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Step 3:

Let’s remove the plastic bezel around the screen to expose the hinges

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Step 4:

The damaged laptop hinge is now visible, broken into two pieces.

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Step 5:

Remove any screws and holding the hinges to the lid.  

Once you have determined what’s required to repair the hinges, the work becomes much easier.

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Step 6:

Remove the part of the hinge that remains attached to the base by unscrewing it.

Step 7:

By this time you should be able to know which spare parts you need from the laptop manufacturer. Before you order; your model’s serial number should be ready with you.

If this is going to take you a lot of time, you may consider your local computer store. Online retailers like Ebay provide many of these spare parts, so try to make use of them.

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Step 8:

You need to replace the broken hinge now and go back through the steps above in reverse order.

How can you fix a broken MAC laptop hinge?

Structurally, the design of Mac laptops is somehow complex for any user to fix a broken laptop hinge. 

However if you follow the steps in this video you can be able to fix it yourself.

If it fails, apple authorized service centers offer subsidized cheap repairs; that is if you have not tampered with your broken laptop hinge.Consider paying them a visit to fix it for you cheaply.

Tips on how to avoid damaging your laptop hinges:

Sometimes your laptop may be carelessly placed at the edge of a raised surface or may fall from you by mistake. You end up with two pieces; a bottom and top. 

Other times your hinges can become loose. These all end up requiring you to incur expenses to repair.

…The fortunate bit is that all these causes of broken hinges can be easily avoided. And here is how..

The fortunate bit is that all these causes of broken hinges can be easily avoided. And here is how:

1.   Avoid buying low end laptops.

Most of these low end laptops are designed to last as long as the trend is to change. They are not meant to be so sturdy and any slight fall may end up in damages including breaking hinges.

Investing in a business model designed to be durable can be costly but saves you lots of money in the long run, considering how reliably it can serve you.

2.   Use both hands when closing lid.

Most of the time we see laptop users who close their laptop lids holding only one side of the screen using a single hand. 

Whereas this may be convenient to you, the torque applied to the hinges eventually damages them over time

3.   Avoid carrying your laptop by the top/screen.

This is like holding an elephant up in the air by the tail. Usually the bottom part of your laptop is heavier than the part that houses the screen. It is simple never carry your laptop by the lid to avoid weakening its hinges.

Conclusion:

A damaged laptop hinge can render your laptop useless, often giving you lots of headache. I would not advise you to throw it away or order a new one; that would be another expense.

With all the steps above coupled with an awesome you tube video. You should be able to decide whether you can repair the laptop hinge.

If you can, follow the steps above. However if you are not confident, please contact a qualified professional to do the work for you.

On the other hand make use of your warranty if still valid to acquire the needed repair.

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