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Hearst
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Registered: ‎09-12-2011
Location: United Kingdom
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T420 Hinge Failure after 5 Months - Not Covered By Warranty?

Hi all, i'm currently having some issues with the T420 in regards to the hinges. I got it on April 2011 and was reasonably happy with it, OK there was a stuck pixel but its not directly in line of vision so I can live with that. However after 5 months of relatively normal usage my hinges have become really loose, so much that at some angles it can't support the weight of the lid. It's disappointing considering the hinge on my 4 year old T61 is still relatively strong in comparison.

 

I have 3 years warranty on the system so I thought I might as well call Lenovo Support (UK) to get it fixed, however the Lenovo rep stated that it can't be replaced under warranty as its within "reasonable wear and tear" and therefore, require a fee if I want to send it in for replacement. For sure I understand if it's 2 years old or something but 5 months? Something is not right.

 

I was able to bide some time with the Lenovo rep to keep my case number open for a few days in regards to this, but I would like some clarification on the issue with the warranty on hinges. Reading posts on this forum indicates that the hinges are covered under warranty (ref) as long it hasn't been involved in heavy damage which mine hasn't.

 

I also uploaded some videos of the issues i'm facing so you guys can have an idea. Is it unreasonable for me to get this fixed under warranty? I would really like some help on this, particularly from the senior mods or staff who can help me on my issue since I only have a few days for my escalated case to remain open. Thanks.

 

Videos - T420 Hinge Failure #1 // T420 Hinge Failure #2

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Serge1410
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Re: T420 Hinge Failure after 5 Months - Not Covered By Warranty?

hey Hearst,

could you pm to me the following details :


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Date of Purchase:
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Screenshot of Error(if applicable) : (upload it to a hosting site and paste the link here)

Location of unit : Home / Repair Center (delete where appropriate)

Description of issue :






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Hearst
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Re: T420 Hinge Failure after 5 Months - Not Covered By Warranty?

Thanks Serge, I posted the required information to you via PM.

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Hearst
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Re: T420 Hinge Failure after 5 Months - Not Covered By Warranty?

Hey,

 

It's been a week now since I made a call out to Lenovo about my hinge problem and apart from the same rep who called me back to see whether I still want to pay out for the loose hinge I haven't heard anyone else from Lenovo to say they're investigating my case.

 

It would be nice that I have some reassurance that someone is assessing my case as at the moment as I don't know whether my case is being looked at or been forgotten. Should I try again with another rep or should I stick with this open case?



lead_org
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Re: T420 Hinge Failure after 5 Months - Not Covered By Warranty?

@Hearst, you should probably wait another 2 or 3 days, if you still get nothing then post back.
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Katarina
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Re: T420 Hinge Failure after 5 Months - Not Covered By Warranty?

Hearst,

sorry for the delayed answer. There are are no known issues with hinges becoming loose on this machine.
I got back to UK Support with your case and they confirmed to repair hinges on your machine.
Lenovo UK Support will contact you soon.

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Katarina

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Hearst
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Re: T420 Hinge Failure after 5 Months - Not Covered By Warranty?

Thanks Katarina, Lenovo UK called me back and have finally accepted to take my machine for warranty repair on the hinges. I would like to say thanks to those who have supported me on my issue on the forums, particularly Lead_Org who have provided continual support over the past few weeks in which i'm very grateful.

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SeanBond
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Re: T420 Hinge Failure after 5 Months - Not Covered By Warranty?

More good service from lenovo :smileyhappy:

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ARH_0700
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Registered: ‎08-15-2011
Location: United States
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Re: T420 Hinge Failure after 5 Months - Not Covered By Warranty?

I also have hinge failure on my T420 manufactured March 2011. The hinges cannot support the display at anything other than a right angle. I contacted a local Lenovo warranty repair shop who are looking at getting me a warranty repair. Seems maybe a bad batch of hinges?

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crashcookie
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Location: USA / Argentina
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Re: T420 Hinge Failure after 5 Months - Not Covered By Warranty?

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I also have hinge failure on my T420 bought on November 2011, and it is still under Warranty.

 

The hinges have become loose and the LCD panel moves from one side to the other just by touching it, which never happened with neither of my W530, U400 or U410.

 

What should I need to do to have this fixed?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

EDIT: From the product s/n I can se it was also manufactured March 2011.