It happens to the best of us. You’re using your laptop, minding your own business, when you hear a loud crack. You freeze, slowly turn your head to see the damage, and there it is: a broken hinge. Your first instinct is probably to panic, but don’t. Take a deep breath and read on, because we’re going to show you how to fix a broken hinge on a laptop.
Before we get started, it’s important to note that you should only attempt this repair if you’re comfortable working with small tools and have a steady hand. This isn’t a difficult repair, but it is delicate.
If you’re not comfortable doing the repair yourself, we recommend taking your laptop to a professional.
Now, Let’s Get Started
The first step to gather your materials. For this repair, you’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver, a flat head screwdriver, a small hammer, and some super glue.
Once you have your materials, the next step is to open up your laptop. This will vary depending on your laptop, but most laptops have a panel on the bottom that can be removed with a Phillips head screwdriver.
Once you have the bottom panel off, you’ll be able to see the hinges. There are common two screws, those hold each hinge.
Use your Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws, and then gently pull the hinge away from the laptop.
Now, it’s time to focus on the broken hinge. If the plastic housing around the hinge is cracked, you can gently pry it off with a flat head screwdriver.
Once the housing is removed, you’ll be able to see the broken hinge. If the metal pin in the hinge is broken, you can gently remove it with a pair of needle nose pliers.
If the metal pin is still intact, you’ll need to use a small hammer to gently tap it back into place.
Once the metal pin is in place, you can reassemble the hinge. Start by putting the plastic housing back in place, and then screwing in the two screws.
Finally, once the hinge is back together, you can test it out by opening and closing your laptop. If the hinge is still not working properly, you can try repeating the steps above.
If your hinge is still giving you trouble, we recommend taking your laptop to a professional for further diagnosis.
Thank you for reading. We hope this article was helpful in showing you how to fix a broken hinge on a laptop. If you are not comfortable performing the repair yourself, we recommend taking your laptop to a professional.