Hi there,

Today,

Mr. Marting Balog covers one of the most sensitive problems of Lenovo Y560 Notebook – poor assembling. If to be more specific – broken (yes, mechanically BROKEN) hinges problem. And here is the fully detailed artice which is in my humble opinion is best manual you can find around the World Wide Web regarding this issue:

Dear Lenovo Y560 community.
I believe that many (if not all of us) share the same problem. It is the very poor design of hinges on our notebooks. Especially the left one. Personally I have two Y560´s at my home. Hinge on the first one broke after 6 months, another after just three months. I decided to take responsibility into my own hands instead of the Lenovo service and tried to repair the hinges by myself.This tutorial describes what I did to repair them. If you decide to follow it remember that you may loose your warranty, depends on how handy you are 🙂Basically there are two stages of damage to the hinges. The first – light – one is very easy to repair and the risks are minimal. The heavier damage is more serious and requires additional effort. Personally I have heavier damage on left hinge and lighter on right one. Opening and closing the laptop is however better than when it was new.Let´s get on with the steps:

1. Turn off or hibernate the notebook and unplug the cable.
2. Turn the notebook over and unscrew the following screws.

3. After you unscrew them, be very careful with any movement, as nothing holds the screen now. I recommend opening up display to at least 90° before unscrewing the screws “Hinge 1&2”.

4. Take out the dvd-rom to gain access to the clip on the picture below and unclamp it.

5. Unscrew 4 screws located under the battery:

6. Gently turn notebook over and here comes the tricky part where you have to be handy. There are several clips (same as the clip in step 4.) that have to be released and you have to be careful to not break them. I took it apart five times, so far none is broken… Be careful anyway.

7. When you are successful, flip the panel over the keyboard. You have to be careful with the touch buttons´ data cables. If you wish to gain better access, you can unplug them (turn the mini black plastic bar outside and pull the data cable out). At this point you can see the extent of damage. The circles show the points where the hinges are fixed.

8. On the picture above, the repair has already been made. On the right (the lighter damage) there is nothing more than a loose matrix (formerly inside broken panel, which you can see) tightened on a screw. Be very careful however, if you tighten it too strong, it may break the bottom which holds the screw. Process of tightening the matrix:

If you are worried that it may unscrew itself over the time, you may be right. You can use a glue that you place on a screw, then tighten the matrix over it… BUT do not use superglue, because you may not be able to unscrew it and the warranty is gone. I used some kind of a silicon glue, they used something similar on original screws (orange or green covering).

9. If you are “lucky” enough and you break the bottom (or it´s already broken), you´ll have to go with the plan B. Plan B covers finding a screw that is long and narrow enough to get through the holes and of course a proper matrix.

The procedure is exactly the same, even with a glue and this time you can tighten it properly without any fear of breaking it. There is nothing to break at this point. It may be quite hard to find a proper screw with the matrix but you may be lucky. I found mine at local computer shop – they are regular desktop pc chasis screws, the longest ones of them. They had proper matrixes at local hardware shop.

After you are done with the tightening, you can try to move the display to see the improvement in the movement. If you are satisfied, you can start putting everything back together. You also have the unique chance to clean the keyboard. It is only held on its place by the panel, so it should be easy for you. When you finally decide to put things as they were before, remember not to tighten all the remaining screws too much, as there is no need for it. You´ve seen how fragile the construction is…

That is pretty much it. It´s no big deal, however not everybody is confident with taking apart their new notebook. Remember that if you do it, you are doing it on your own risk.

In the situation where you are forced to send your notebook to the customer service because of any other reason, you may have to remove “the plan B”. In my opinion, you don´t have to worry about “the lighter solution”.

I hope that this tutorial will be useful to somebody and I will be available to answer any questions you might have.

Good luck.
Martin

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Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas about this question. And of course, dont forget to thank Martin if this article was handy. 😉
L.