How to repair a broken laptop hinge

We thought this would be a good post as we get calls about laptop hinges that are damaged every week. Although we don’t usually complete repairs like this – this is a great DIY article from Instructables on laptop hinge repairs.

Alternatively you can give Local Computer Help a call on 1300 883 831 and we can help repair or replace your damage laptop hinges if you bring your laptop to us.

Imagine that – a beautiful day, you are sitting comfortably on the couch, you are opening the laptop lid and one of the hinges cracks… What a disaster you think, you have to pay outrageous cost for repair in the laptop service shop… Butt there is a quick fix for the problem, all you need is a screwdriver and 1 hour of your time.

Disassemble the laptop. Locate the broken insert for the metal bushing which holds the hinge and remove it. Drill a small hole in the center of the cracked plastic insert.

This is the metal bushing which is placed into insert on the plastic case of the laptop. It is almost impossible to glue it, because some laptop manufacturers use special plastic for the laptop case, a plastic which does not stick with most glues, also there are a lot of tension in the place where the insert is located and after several times you close and open the laptop lid, the hinge base will crack again. Notice that this little thingy have thread from end to end.

Put the metal bushing back to its place and screw it with a small nut from the bottom side of the laptop. I recommend using appropriate washer because if the nut have small head it might go right trough the hole.

Now screw the hinges on the repaired metal bushings, assemble the laptop and you are done! Voila! Now you saved a lot from expensive laptop body cases and repair fees!