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Is it possible to replace a Silicone Dome?

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Today I was cleaning under the keys of my Macbook Pro. It was all going so well until I got to the delete(backspace) key. I wiped down the dirt from the key when I realised the silicone dome was rip from the board.

The key still works but it feels extremely hard when I press down, also the contact area is very central which means I am forced to press directly in the centre.

I was wondering if it's possible to replace just the silicone dome from the macbook or must I get the entire keyboard replaced?

Thanks for your time.

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Thanks for the help, I'm going to try gluing it back on. if it don't work I guess I'll send it off to repair :)

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I'm assuming you mean the clear little silicone/rubber nipple pieces shown in this photo?

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If so then the answer is no, I've never come across these as standalone replacements. On older machines (PowerBooks, iBooks, etc) you could replace just the keyboard but now that it's part of the top case it's a much more expensive part.

Because of that I'll usually try to repair damaged or missing nipples. If it's torn off completely, but you still have the rubber piece, you can reattach it with a very light amount of glue. The main thing is that you want to make sure it's centered, which luckily the scissor assembly kinda helps with by acting as a guide.

Good luck!

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Superglue can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. See Solution below which worked perfectly for my Macbook Pro circa 2015.

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O.K. If you look VERY closely at the offending item, you will note that the "base" of the nipple is sandwiched between two super-thin sheets of clear plastic which serve to trap the base of the nipple., the upper sheet having a "kitten's head" profile cut out of it through which the nipple protrudes. The trick is to separate the two sheets VERY carefully and feed the nipple through. Really tricky and fiddly but it can be done. Good luck.

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The key travel distance is shorter but it's better than I can't type!

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This looks like the "proper" answer. But I spent nearly an hour trying to do this for the left command key with no success. Probably easier to take everything out and replace the whole keyboard.

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Managed to slide the dome under the plastic bit. It's not going anywhere, but it's not secure like it was. Key worked great then stopped. Also a lot of the bounce is gone for some reason. Oh well, time for a new keyboard.

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This definitely seems to have done the trick for me. My key was unpredictable but now it's no longer spongy, dome plastic hub doesn't move, key feels natural and wonderful. Thanks Dave for being a Genius and working it out!!! I've seen solutions using double sided tape which didn't work for me, nor was I keen to use superglue. This is the ultimate solution!

It took me about 5 minutes, but I needed 2 tweezers, and dental head light and magnifying glasses to get it into the right spot. Thank you thank you thank you!

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If you do use glue to repair the dome, be sure to allow the adhesive to fully cure before reassembling your MBP. Every adhesive I'm familiar with that adheres to silicone will release volatiles during the curing process.

Usually this isn't an issue, but in the warm, confined space of the MBP, they could attack other parts. Follow the instructions for your adhesive and double (or even triple) the curing time, just to be sure.

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Here’s the easy answer:

You don’t need to slide it back under the plastic, and you don’t need to superglue the nipple to the keyboard. You can just superglue the nipple to the key itself.

If anything goes wrong, you can just trash the key and the nipple and you don’t risk pouring superglue all over your keyboard.

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This is a great idea! But just wondering how you ensure the nipple is perfectly centered over correct spot?

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I had this problem, too, and one issue was that the plastic sheet on the top was warped; so even when I managed to slide the silicone dome into place the first time, it popped out. I’m replacing my computer soon (not under apple care any longer/will cost hundreds to repair), so I just went ham with a toothpick and glue stick, hoping that inserting bits of glue will stabilize the dome for the next two or so weeks. (My key affected is ‘T’, so you can imagine the headache).

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