MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Heat Sink Replacement
Replace the heat sink on your Mid 2011 MacBook Air 11".
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Difficult
Use this guide to replace a damaged heat sink or to reapply thermal paste.
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- Lower Case 2 steps
- Battery 1 step
- Solid-State Drive 2 steps
- I/O Board Cable 3 steps
- Fan 3 steps
- Heat Sink 2 steps
In this step you will disconnect the battery to help avoid shorting out any components during service.
Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both short sides of the battery connector upward to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.
Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally contact its socket.
Use a spudger to help lift the free end of the SSD just enough to grab it with your other hand.
Do not lift the end of the SSD excessively.
Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.
When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.
Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the I/O board connector up and out of its socket on the logic board
Be sure to lift straight up on the connector as you disconnect it from its socket. The socket is very deep on the logic board and prying it from side to side may damage the logic board
Remove the I/O board cable.
If the heat sink seems to be stuck to the logic board after removing all four screws, use a spudger to carefully separate the heat sink from the faces of the CPU and GPU.
Remove the heat sink from the logic board.