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Late 2013 MBP 15" keyboard replacement Q
Posted by: reezekeys
Date: June 02, 2020 08:26AM
Two keys on my late-2013 15” MacBook Pro’s keyboard stopped working: function and tab. I just ordered & received a replacement top case from Ebay. It’s the case with keyboard only – no trackpad or battery. I’m not sure if the speakers are included (haven’t opened the box yet).

Looking at iFixit, this is not a quick job. My question is this: would you transplant your existing battery & trackpad into this new top case (which the iFixit guides describe), or transplant the keyboard only from this new top case into your existing top case? I see no guide anywhere for just removing/replacing the keyboard assembly by itself, but it seems to me – and I could be wrong – that by transplanting the keyboard only into my existing top case, I would avoid having to remove the glued-in battery. That seems a huge time & trouble saver.

Anyone been down this road before? TIA for tips/advice!
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Re: Late 2013 MBP 15" keyboard replacement Q
Posted by: Gareth
Date: June 02, 2020 08:38AM
ifixit sells just the keyboard, so it must be doable. [www.ifixit.com]

I’ve done just the keyboard on pre-retina where it’s just a bunch of tiny screws to deal with. The problem with the retinas is that they use tiny rivets instead, which you then have to replace with screws. [www.ifixit.com]
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Re: Late 2013 MBP 15" keyboard replacement Q
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 02, 2020 08:59AM
I revived two dying arrow keys by replacing the little silicone bubble underneath. The old bubbles had torn and stopped bouncing back. Super-glued in a "new" bubble. That's "new" as in scavenged from another keyboard by an eBay seller.
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Re: Late 2013 MBP 15" keyboard replacement Q
Posted by: reezekeys
Date: June 02, 2020 09:31AM
Ahh, right you all are. I should have searched a little more. Gareth's iFixit link led me to a youtube that explained the deal with the screws. No wonder most people go with the whole top case. And I would need to take the battery out in any case, since my "new" top case didn't come with a trackpad.

Now I'm thinking I should get a new battery since mine is original and not doing well. This would be a good time to replace it. I would still need to hassle with removing the old one – to get to my trackpad – but I wouldn't be worrying as much about my existing top case while doing the removal.

Acer, thanks for the tip on reviving bum keys. Great for future reference but at this point I should go with this "new" case, I think – look at the key tops compared to mine!

Thank you everybody for your quick and helpful advice!

[edit to add – I remapped my non-working function and tab keys with an excellent utility called Karabiner-Elements. There were a few function keys I never use, so I remapped to those. Works great and my computer has been fully usable while I'm waiting to do my big fix. Available here.]





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Re: Late 2013 MBP 15" keyboard replacement Q
Posted by: sekker
Date: June 02, 2020 01:29PM
That keymapping utility looks awesome. Would have been helpful with an older media center laptop over many years, instead I just avoided passwords that used the defective keys!
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Re: Late 2013 MBP 15" keyboard replacement Q
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 02, 2020 02:44PM
That keyboard has seen some action. I'd go with a new one, too.
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Re: Late 2013 MBP 15" keyboard replacement Q
Posted by: reezekeys
Date: June 02, 2020 02:55PM
This computer wouldn't win a beauty contest, that's for sure – but what a workhorse. I guess it's time to start researching batteries.



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Re: Late 2013 MBP 15" keyboard replacement Q
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 03, 2020 01:04AM
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reezekeys
This computer wouldn't win a beauty contest, that's for sure – but what a workhorse. I guess it's time to start researching batteries.

Basically NewerTech from OWC, a possibly new old stock Apple battery, or sketchy chinese generic replacement.



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Re: Late 2013 MBP 15" keyboard replacement Q
Posted by: reezekeys
Date: June 03, 2020 08:29AM
I just remembered – I bought a replacement battery on Amazon a few years ago, never got around to installing it though! It's probably toast now.

Louis Rossmann's site sells a battery he claims is superior to the "Ebay crap" for around $75. I'll look at OWC. The generic Chinese ones start at around $60 – another $15 for peace of mind is a no-brainer. Gotta trust Louis, right?!
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