MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 Heat Sink Replacement

Replace the Heat Sink in your MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012.

Use this guide to replace the heat sink.

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm Pentalobe screws

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

  • Gently pull the lower case case away from the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips.

  • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

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Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T7 Torx shouldered screw

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board.

  • It is recommended to bend the battery cables just slightly, to keep the board suspended up above the logic board and out of the way.

  • Do not fold the board completely over, or crease the cables, as this may damage the battery.

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Edit Step 9 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

  • Grasp the battery contact board with tweezers.

  • Lift the battery contact board up off the logic board and remove it.

  • Removing this board will ensure that the battery remains disconnected throughout your repair, preventing your computer from accidentally powering on. It's also a good idea to take it out so it doesn't fall out unexpectedly.

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Edit Step 10 Heat Sink Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board assembly:

    • One 2.4 mm Phillips #00 screw

    • One 3.4 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Four 2.7 mm T5 Torx screws

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the heat sink up off the logic board assembly.

  • When reinstalling the heat sink, be sure to apply a new layer of thermal paste. If you have never applied thermal paste before, we have a guide that makes it easy.

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Edit Step 12 Right Fan Duct  ¶ 

  • Carefully remove the right fan duct from the edge of the heat sink.

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Edit Step 13 Left Fan Duct  ¶ 

  • Carefully remove the left fan duct from the edge of the heat sink.

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Edit Step 14 Heat Sink  ¶ 

  • Heat sink remains.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 device page.

Required Tools

T6 Torx Screwdriver

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