in this instructable I'll show you how to repair the Base of the hinge in the Lenovo Thinkpad E540 Laptop (or any laptop)
I don't like the Glueing Method because it does not last long, So I will use Radek's method which Requires using Belt Screws!
Step 1: The Tools That You Will Need Are:
Step 2: The Steps:
1- Remove the broken Base Nuts, Broken Plastic and remove any Oil residue from the base of the hinge.
2- Mix Two Equal Portions of the Epoxy Glue, and then Apply the Glue on the Broken Screw Holes (the purpose of the Glue is only to strengthen the plastic base) , and then leave the laptop for 12-24 hours so that the Glue fully cures
3- after 24 Hours, temporarily install the screen, and then get a marker and mark the screw holes of the hinge.
4- Drill the Marked Spots with the 4 Millimeters Drill Bit (5/32 in.)
5- insert the Rivets through the Drilled Holes and then install the screen and Tighten the Screws.
6- Oil the Hinges to reduce the Load on the plastic Base of the Laptop
7- Assemble the Laptop, Done!
Step 3: My Feedback on This Method After 6 Months of Usage:
I repaired my laptop 6 months ago using the Belt screws method, and I'm quite impressed of how rigid the hinges became, I HIGHLY Recommend it.
and if you have an Acer, Dell, HP.... Then Check out Radeks's Video