Lenovo Yoga 730 Repair broken hinge support

This week, we received this Lenovo Yoga 730, which had its screen trying to separate while opening. To illustrate the issue properly, we took a couple of detailed photos of the problem and decided to explain how we repaired it.

Due to the thin touch screen matrix design of these systems, it is very easy for them to break the hinge support, which on the other side, although still partially working if left unrepaired, may break the screen. These screens are around 400-600$ to replace, which will also require a hinge repair on top of that cost as they come without hinges. We were quoted 800$ for the complete top case part by Lenovo. without fitting cost – insane!
Apparently, they do not sell back cover only as a part. Which ties our hands for affordable replacement of the part.

Separating Lenovo Yoga Screen and broken hinge support

Both Macbook and Laptop engineering and designs these days is all around planned obsolescence. We see this issue over and over, and it never gets resolved. On top of that, as the years’ pass, they get more fragile and easy to break.

Lenovo Yoga broken hinge support repair process

To describe the issue clearly and get it repaired we had to take apart the screen assembly first. To do that we needed to take apart the Lenovo, which immediately showed one of the reasons for such damage.

Clogged up cooling system on Lenovo Yoga causing hinges to get dusty and stiff

The cooling system was intensely clogged up, which is expected for a 10-year-old laptop, definitely not for a less than 3-year-old model as this Lenovo Yoga 730.

Lenovo Broken Hinge Support Repair – Dust pushed out of the fans is directed around the hinges

Taking the screen apart is another hurdle. To allow such a thin design, Lenovo opts in to glue the LCD matrix with a stretchable double-sided tape into the laptop’s back cover. Making it quite tricky to separate the screen from back cover casing without a damage.

Lenovo Separating Screen Repair – Stretchable double-sided tape used to fuse together screen and back cover

We could clearly see that the hinge support bracket was glued into the back cover with some kind of glue.

Although this most likely is an industrial glue, it’s not strong enough to keep metal and aluminum fused together for long. Especially under such pressure.

lenovo Yoga Broken Hinge Repair – Hinge glued into the back case cover

What follows up is a clear indication of a failed design from Lenovo.

Lenovo Laptop Repairs we offer here in Adelaide includes a couple of simple steps:

  1. Get a Quote for the repair before any work is done, even over the phone.
  2. Free pick up from the client’s location in Adelaide. Or alternatively, drop in for a quick check while you wait.
  3. Confirming final cost and “Go” from the client.
  4. Repairing and ensuring everything works as expected.
  5. Returning repaired system back to the client. Or the client can pick it up from our workshop.

We have a sophisticated equipment workshop with high accuracy microscope, ultrasonic cleaning bath, reflow machine, and tools for micro soldering to achieve high-quality logic boards repairs. With thousands of components in stock, we quickly locate and replace failed components!

Hinge designed to rotate Lenovo Yoga screen under 360 degrees

Hinge design for rotating Lonovo Yoga 730 screen all the way to 360 degrees is actually its weak point. As seen, the hinge was greased with silicone grease to allow longevity of the tight angled tread design. However, with so much dust around, it sneaks into the threads of the hinge and makes them extremely stiff.
This, on the other hand, creates friction causing more tension on the hinge support bracket (top of the picture)

Size of a resistor in Macbook Pro – Macbook not turning on repair

We definitely could not use glue as they did in the original production line. That looked like a patchy job, so we opted to use rivets to repair this Lenovo Yoga broken hinge support.
This, of course, requires precise instruments and delicate metalwork skills, such as drilling and grinding, to make sure the screen fits back nicely.

Figuring out correct size rivet to fit Lenovo Yoga hinge support

After figuring out the correct size of screws, drills and rivets we got into the job to repair both of the Lenovo Yoga hinges.

Rivets used to repair Lenovo Yoga

Just drilling and stamping the rivets, of course, is not enough. We also need to reduce the height of them after installation by using our excellent metalwork skills.

Lenovo Yoga broken hinge repair – Cutting through and lowering rivet’s profile

After running a bunch of rivets on both sides of the hinges, we are pretty much ready to assemble the laptop. But first, we need to ensure that a similar issue won’t happen again. Best way to avoid it is by servicing the laptop on regular basis, this one is on us.

Servicing Lenovo Yoga to ensure longevity of the repair

Successful Lenovo Yoga broken hinge support repair

With successfully repaired hinges and glued screen, this Lenovo Yoga became a tough competitor in the pile of expensive but low quality builds laptops.

Repaired hinge support on Lenovo Yoga

Plus is the rivets on the hinges, gives it nice mechanic feel to the aluminum design.

Successfully repaired Lenovo Yoga with a nicely fitted screen

Do you need this Repair in Adelaide?

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Repaired, not Replaced!

We are committed to reducing e-waste in Australia. How we do it is by educating our customers on the repairability and longevity of their devices, as well as providing affordable Laptop Repairs here in Adelaide.
Although our best intentions and hard work, this is not an easy task. Customers must accept that cost of high-quality electronic repairs, is between a third and half of the price of a new device. However, with the current trend of planned obsolescence in electronic design, we see more and more Laptops having shorter lifespans. To tackle that, while we do our repairs we target common planned obsolescence engineering design mistakes to ensure we extend the life expectancy of the Laptops we repair. Check some of our Laptop Repair Cases to get an idea of the process.

That said, if we buy a new one or write it off via insurance, it does not guarantee that the new one will not meet the same fate as the older one pretty soon.
As matter of fact, quite often we see accidents reoccurring within less than 2-year gaps. If we can save 1000$ or even 500$ today by repairing our faulty Laptop is great. That’s an extra half Laptop cost ready to be spent on another one when the time comes or our need for performance increases.
When that time comes is up to us to buy a new one or keep pushing the one we have, but delaying it by a year or three is always a good starting point and saves another abandoned Laptop from polluting our one and only Planet.