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Most Appliance Manufacturers Won’t Give the Public Repair Information, PIRG and iFixit Find

If you’ve ever tried to fix a washing machine, dishwasher, or other appliance in your home and struggled to find a service manual, you’re not alone. We recently surveyed the availability of appliance repair manuals with PIRG: We attempted to acquire service manuals from 50 appliance manufacturers, surveyed and interviewed 37 appliance repair professionals,...

Tearing Down the 14″ MacBook Pro…with Apple’s Help

We spend a lot of time criticizing Apple for their anti-consumer practices like monopolizing its repair ecosystem with parts pairing, engaging in psychological obsolescence, and lying to congress—among many examples of poor corporate behavior—but here’s one thing they’re finally doing that shows a lot of promise— the Self Service Repair program. With...

Deere Hedges Bets on Repair with New Agreement

Every week there are too many developments in the world of repair for any mere mortal to keep track of; fortunately, the authors of the Fight to Repair newsletter, including Jack Monahan, are no mere mortals, at least when it comes to recapping the most important repair news. Each week, they highlight the biggest and most important repair story you...

The Road to Civil Engineering Is Paved with Repair Intentions

Repair is everywhere, and so are iFixit Technical Writing Project (iTWP) alumni. Students in the iTWP are a diverse group from across the U.S. and around the world. Our previous alum was from California, so let’s head across the country to Massachusetts to talk with civil engineer Evan Costa about his experience with the project and his thoughts on...

How Parts Pairing Kills Independent Repair

The biggest threat to repair is no longer hostile hardware. Today, many independent repair shop owners are most worried about the trend in electronics manufacturing known as “parts pairing.” This term refers to the software barriers used by electronics manufacturers to prevent consumers, fixers, and repair pros from replacing parts the way we have for...

Parts Pairing Powers Planned Obsolescence, French Complaint Argues

Every week there are too many developments in the world of repair for any mere mortal to keep track of. Fortunately, Jack Monahan and Paul Roberts, authors of the Fight to Repair newsletter, are no mere mortals, at least when it comes to recapping the most important repair news. Each week, they highlight the biggest and most important repair story you...

New York’s Right to Repair Bill: What Manufacturers and Consumers Need to Know

It’s been almost 50 years since the consumer protections afforded by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and 20 years since the founding of iFixit. We’ve been foretelling the Right to Repair for a while now, and in 2023, it’s finally here. New Yorkers, and by extension the rest of us, will now have the protected right to repair electronics. So what does...

CES Worst in Show 2023: Portability, Privacy, and Pee Waste, Oh My

Every year, electronics manufacturers gather at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to announce their new upcoming gizmos—and for the third time, iFixit has teamed up with our advocacy friends to call out some of the most troubling trends at the show. The third annual Worst In Show awards were held Friday, to shine a spotlight on the least repairable,...

Deere Promised Farmers the Right to Repair. Can We Trust Them?

After nearly a decade fighting Right to Repair laws around the United States, John Deere just made their biggest concession yet: They promised farmers that they’ll provide the documentation and software needed to fix tractors and other heavy farm equipment, again. On Sunday, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding...

Repair Hero of the Year Contest!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Captain Planet—actually it’s the iFixit Repair Hero of the Year! In 2021, the World Economic Forum estimated that about 63.4 million tons of e-waste will be discarded. That’s a lot of trash and there’s only so much space in our landfills. And to make matters worse, even if you can get your old devices to the junkyard,...

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