A stripped SSD Screw means that the slots in the head of the screws are worn out. This makes it hard for a screwdriver to grip the screw and turn it. Stripped screws are usually old screws that have been screwed in and out for long, or as a result of overtightened screws.
You need quality tools to be able to fix your stripped screw issues. To remove a stripped SSD screw, you need a rotary tool like Dremel which is highly recommended, super glue, extracting pliers, general MacBook screwdrivers.
What to do if MacBook SSD screw is stripped
Stripped screws are usually difficult to remove, this is owing to the fact that the plus shape on the screw head has become round. However, with the right tools you cab totally save the situation.
#1. Try the super glue method
Use a super glue to glue the screw head, then try to force it to turn. Use a strong grip and apply downward pressure while turning the screw driver to remove the screw.
If you are using super glue, clear the debris of hardened glue from your device and screw driver as well.
#2. Use extracting pliers
Try grabbing the edge of the screw with a pair of extracting pliers to turn it out. Ensure you tape around the area to prevent damaging the surface area. Check if the screw head is accessible, try to get a good grip. Give the screw pliers a turn, make sure stripped screws turns with it When you feel the screws loosening, use a screw driver to take it out.
#3. Use a rubber band
Rubber band is another helpful tool for a stripped screw.
- Find a rubber band that has enough width to cover the screw head.
- Stretch the band over the screw
- Get a screw driver that matches the size of the screw head. Turn the striped screw with the rubber band on top, drive the rubber band into the screw then unscrew it.
#4. Use a rotary tool
You can use a rotary tool to help you remove stripped screws on Mac by making a tiny opening so that you can use a flathead screw driver to take it out.
Put the cutting disk onto the rotary tool, make sure it is secured before cutting anything to avoid injuries, like severe cuts.
Cutting a slit on the screw will leave metal shavings all over the computer, it’s advisable you protect the edges and use a good pair of protective googles to prevent flying debris from getting into your eyes while using the rotary tool.
Make a small cut on the screw head to allow the use of a flathead screw driver on it. Make the cut deep enough to fit in the flathead screw driver, But also make the cut thin enough to give the driver a good grip.
It is advisable to use a low power setting, like 2 out of 6 to prevent further damage to the screw or device.
After making the cut, use the driver to get stripped screws out from the laptop.
#5. Use a razor blade
You can use a razor blade, nail file, or any sharp object that can fit into the screw.
- Use a magnifying glass to clearly see the stripped screw and then turn the tip several times.
- Use the razor/nail to grab the screw head and turn until screw detaches
- Do not twist or pull the screw forcefully as this may cause the logic board to bend and possibly break one or more of the electrical connectors on your MacBook.
#6. Contact Apple support
They might help you replace your screw with a new one even though it will cost you lots of money, but you will get what you want.
Tip: Before trying any of the methods, remove the logic board from the computer, set it on something rigid. You also have to avoid exerting excessive pressure that might cause the board to damage.
Always use quality tools to remove stripped SSD screw. Find out what tools you might need that will be very suitable for this, you can buy quality tools at any online electrical stores
Apple mostly uses torque screws on their MacBook, so use a tool that fits. You can also buy replacement torque screws and replace the old screws that are tired and worn out.
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