How can I fix a bent USB port?
Macbook Air 13" 2013. It seems like I bent the connector of the USB port on the left side, somehow. It was working fine till a couple days ago, now I tried to plug in a USB pen drive and I couldn't push it in as far as usual, and it didn't mount on the desktop.
It's as if there's something stuck inside the port, but I looked using a flashlight and the port seems unobstructed.
No idea what happened. Maybe I had something in my carry bag that pushed up against the port.
Apart from replacing the inside board, which has the USB, Magsafe and earphone jacks, is there any procedure anyone could recommend to straighten the USB connector, or check for bent pins? Is there any risk of frying something if I try to straighten the USB port pins or the white connector? The board replacement looks fairly easy, and the part isn't too expensive (around $20), so that would be a last resort.
Okay. Here's a couple of pics, though not very good quality; sorry but I can't do any better with my smartphone camera. The part around the USB port looks a bit worse for wear, but it's always been that way, probably due to carrying it a lot in my bag. As I said, the USB port worked perfectly up until yesterday.
I also took 2 pics to show how far a USB pen drive slots into each port. The left port doesn't let my insert the pen in far enough to mount it.