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I just got my new Retina MBP that I ordered online. I noticed a minor squeaky/creaky sound whenever I apply some pressure on the bottom right corner and beside the right speaker. The sound also generates when I press on the trackpad on very few occassions.

I am sure this is not normal, is there a way to fix this ? I tried finding a T5 screw driver but the screws used in the rMBP have 5 edges rather than 6. So I cannot really tighten it myself to check whether that fixes it.

I am currently in an international country that does not have a specific Apple Store, just a wholesaler that tells me to go to the service center and check whats the problem there. I do not want my new laptop to be scratched or mishandled, so I prefer doing it on my own. However I am not sure what I can do to fix it myself. Any suggestions ?

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This believe this is normal. I have experienced the same in my unibody non-retina MBP.

I carefully studied the back cover for wear marks. Then I took a close look at the logic board without touching it.

  • On the whole logic board you'll find tiny elastic sticks. They can be pushed a little. These sticks hold the aluminum bottom off the logic board.
  • I did not take any chances, therefore I applied insulating tape on every place of the aluminum bottom that the sticks can contact. Also I did not want to open the cover multiple times :)
  • Apply the tape again as it easily wears out.

Now the MBP does not make any of the previous mechanic noises anymore.😊

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This is what the back cover looked like when I was done.

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Wow thank you for such a comprehensive answer !! I have a question though, if the squeaks are coming from the right side, would it be enough to only tape the bottom right side then ? And what type of screw driver did you use ? And does this void the warranty ? –  Render Jul 26 '12 at 13:27
    
@Fendi Simply applying the tape should be enough (it was for me). I used a Philips #00 screwdriver for the non-retina MBP. The retina MBP uses pentalobe screws for the backcover, I think. –  gentmatt Jul 26 '12 at 13:33
    
@Fendi You should check out the teardown of the retina MBP by iFixit. –  gentmatt Jul 26 '12 at 13:35
    
I might try this when I get the correct screw driver, might be hard to find. Or maybe just go to a service center and see if they can do it for me ... not sure –  Render Jul 27 '12 at 7:57
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I can confirm that this method works like a charm !! THANK YOU –  Render Aug 4 '12 at 10:00
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Before you are doing all the work descripted in here:

Just try loosening the screws a bit. That completely removed the squeaky/creaky sound from my rMBP15, without even opening it.

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