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Charging port burnt out, is there an inexpensive way to replace it?

Charging port burnt out, is there an inexpensive way to replace it?

The port for the charger in my MacBook is all burnt out, we've tried cleaning it (toothbrush and alcohol) and getting new chargers (60W). It's been dead for about a year now, and I've decided I finally want to fix it. Is there an inexpensive way to replace it without having to solder or do anything complex?

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mcgyver89 [Entry]

Luckily for you, the MagSafe connector is independent from the motherboard on all three versions of the MacBook. If you have the first generation Non-Unibody MacBook, you can use this guide for Core Duo Models or this guide for Core 2 Duo models. If you have an aluminum unibody MacBook, you can use this guide, and if you have the plastic unibody MacBook (the last model), you can use this guide. You'll need to make sure that you buy the correct replacement part for whichever laptop you have, they're pretty cheap. If you tell me your MacBook's model number, I can help you find the correct part and guide to use for it. Good luck!
mcgyver89 [Entry]

That happened to my MacBook, I went to Apple Store and it was only $13.00 canadian dollars to fix... and they give you a discount on the charger if you bring your old one, and it cost me only $60.00 when its usually 100, also they discounted the Hardware Repair Labor which is an other 40
mcgyver89 [Entry]

"I'm no computer expert, and may be wrong here, but having had the 'burning-out' problem myself I suspect I at least know the reason, and therefore the remedy, provided you catch the problem early enough.

The 'male' part of the MagSafe port, or the end which plugs into the computer has five metal contacts. These each have a tiny spring under them to ensure a contact is made. If, for any reason, these become stuck, the contact may not reach its corresponding female part in the computer, causing it to fail to connect, or to arc, and it will be this arc-ing which causes the burning. If the contacts in your computer are not beyond redemption, they can be scraped clean (I used a jewellers screwdriver) and a new charging lead purchased. In my case I managed to free-up the two stuck male pins, but suspect this will be a temporary fix. I'll keep checking my new lead when I get it!"
mcgyver89 [Entry]

I have the same problem. My charging port is burn. I bought a new charger and after a month or two it stopped working. I have the 13 inch early 2011 macbook pro. Can you help me with the replacement I have to buy and the guide I have to follow. Thanks in advance.