Possible to replace battery?
So I have a MacBook Pro 13" Unibody back from 2009 and I need to replace the battery. I already know that's the problem but Apple wants entirely too much money to fix it. They say it can't be manually replaced but I have my doubts. I just don't see why not. If anyone knows a way I can replace the battery myself for cheaper then they'll do it let me know. Is it really impossible? Or is that just some scam Apple put out to get more money from us?
The short answer? Yes. You can replace the battery yourself.
As a matter of fact, iFixit has a guide to show you how to do just that. Located here:
And yeah, the battery being "manually inaccessible" is a complete fabrication. Though Apple does tend to try to make it as difficult as possible by throwing as many obscure screws with uncommon heads of variable sizes as they can find into their machines.
You'll see what I mean when you read the guide.
This particular model uses the illusive Tri-wing Y1 Screwdriver to try to keep its owners out. Luckily for you, the iFixit store happens to sell the tool you need (you know, in case collecting obscure and rarely used screwdriver heads isn't a hobby of yours).
Here it is:
They also throw in a bunch of randomly assorted Phillips head screws. More common, but iFixit sells the tool for that as well just in case:
The price of those two tools plus shipping and handling plus the price of a few hours of your time should at least be marginally cheaper than Apple's battery replacement service.
Oh, and here is the battery if you don't already have one:
Good luck. And happy hunting.
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