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Replacement screws for the pentalobe screws

MacBook Air 13 Mid 2011

Is it possible to get Phillips screw replacements for the pentalobe screws on the bottom case of an Air?

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Here's the screwdriver for $5.91 that you're trying to get around: P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air

Here's the bottom screw set (Pentalobe): MacBook Air 13" (Late 2010-2017) Lower Case Screw Set

Immagine MacBook Air 13" (Late 2010-2017) Lower Case Screw Set

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MacBook Air 13" (Late 2010-2017) Lower Case Screw Set

$19,99

Immagine P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air

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P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air

$11,99

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Sure it's possible... It would be very expensive!

You would need to take all of the screws out and carefully measure each one then lookup and order (in bulk 5,000/10,000 per type) from a screw manufacture.

Don't know what you'll do with all of the extra screws though ;-}

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Package them neatly and sell them in a liberation kit to ifixit readers and others who would purchase them (like me).

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Yeah. Sell it to other MacBook owners. Pentalobe is a bad design. Apple wanted to make money. I think that Phillips screws or Torx are much better and dont strip. I opened my MBA with the P5 iFixit Screw Driver 3 times and the screws are already stripped. And, if you are wondering: Yes, I know how to screw.

da

Biggest reason? Those dang batteries decide to expand and force the keyboard up. I don't want to be on the road somewhere and have to wreck the screws just to take out the battery to continue using my laptop

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I know we’re all volunteers here, but i’m a little frustrated that the answer by Mayer is voted as “Chosen” and Dan as “Most Helpful” when they are quite far from answering the OP’s original question.

Pentalobe is a horrific design. It strips easily and is designed to annoy all of us here. To replace these screws with something better like phillips or torx, you can buy the screws from a site like https://www.laptopscrews.com/ and https://www.metricscrews.us/

And no you don’t need to purchase 50,000 screws. You can purchase the exact amount you need at a very affordable price.

The only thing is, you’ll need to measure the thread depth and pitch using a ruler or maybe a caliper. The websites above will explain how to do that.

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