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MacBook Air A2337 Clicking sound from system board, showing 5v on USB-C amp meter repair

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MacBook Air A2337 Clicking sound from system board, showing 5v on USB-C amp meter repair
Device MacBook Air A2337
Affects part(s) Motherboard
Needs equipment multimeter, soldering iron, soldering station
Difficulty ◉◉◉◌ Hard
Type Soldering

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Problem description

Clicking sound from the system board with 5V measured by the USB-C amp meter.

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  • Clicking sound from the system board.
  • 5V reading on the USB-C amp meter.


Diagnostic Steps

Measure voltage on PP3v8_AON

Normal voltage = 3.8v. You will likely find that the voltage is low and pulsing slightly or completely absent. This confirms the diagnosis.

Perform a visual inspection of the system board

This failure is very uncommon without liquid damage. Often times, you will find that one of the 3v8_AON MOSFETs will be corroded, or that U5700 itself will be corroded. If the MOSFETs (Q5800, Q5820 or Q5840) are corroded, proceed to the Repair Steps below for "PP3v8_AON creation MOSFETs corroded" below. If the PP3v8_AON buck converter IC (U5700) is corroded, proceed to the "PP3v8_AON buck converter IC corroded" repair steps below.

Repair Steps

PP3v8_AON creation MOSFETs corroded

  • Replace Q5800, Q5820, and Q5840 together. It's important to replace all 3 MOSFETs at the same time as if one MOSFET failed, it may have damaged the others. Replacement of U5700 is not necessary as long as it isn't corroded and as long as the clicking sound does not persist after replacement of the MOSFETs.

PP3v8_AON buck converter IC corroded

  • Replace U5700. Replacement of the PP3v8_AON creation MOSFETs is not required unless they are corroded or if the clicking sound persists after replacement of U5700.

Verify correct voltage on PP3v8_AON after the relevant repair is performed.