MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Right Fan Replacement

Replace the Right Fan in your MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012.

Fans can be such blowhards, except when they blow out. Use this guide to help you replace a damaged, broken, or faulty right fan.

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro with Retina display.

    • Eight 3.0 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

  • Set the lower case aside.

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Edit Step 3 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Peel back the warning label covering the battery connector.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, gently pry the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Bend the battery cables back and out of the way, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.

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Edit Step 5 AirPort/Camera Cable  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the three AirPort antenna cables straight up off of their sockets on the AirPort board.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the camera cable connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Be sure to push parallel to the board, pushing first on one side, then the other to "walk" the connector out of its socket.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the rubber heat sink cover on the right fan.

  • Slide the spudger underneath the length of the cover, releasing the adhesive.

  • Lift the cover and flip it back so that you can access the cables underneath.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Use your fingers to pull the AirPort/Camera cables up off the fan.

    • The cables are adhered to the fan, so peel them up carefully to prevent ripping any.

  • Carefully de-route the cables from the plastic cable guide.

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Edit Step 9 I/O Board Cable  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the I/O Board connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

  • In a similar fashion, remove the I/O Board connector from its socket on the I/O Board.

  • Remove the I/O Board cable from the MacBook Pro.

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Edit Step 10 Right Fan  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort card to the logic board.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Grasp the side of the AirPort card and pull parallel to the logic board, removing the AirPort card from the MacBook Pro.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the right fan ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Gently pry up the right fan ribbon cable from the logic board.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove the following three screws securing the right fan to the logic board:

    • One 4.4 mm T5 Torx screw

    • One 3.9 mm T5 Wide Head Torx screw

    • One 5.0 mm T5 Torx screw

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the right fan out from the MacBook Pro.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 device page.

Required Tools

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T5 Torx Screwdriver

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Successfully replaced the right hand fan on my macbook pro retina. It no longer sounds like a lawn mower. Who needs geek squad??? The whole process took less than 30 minutes.

racolon4, · Reply

are the 3 cables identify ?

darryll, · Reply

will this procedure remove my warranty? I have applecare for another 2 years, Laptop was dropped on the side, there is a very small dent on the side of I/O.

Oleg Babko, · Reply

If I am facing the MacBook like I'm surfing or typing, this I/O board is referring to which side of the MacBook? Left or right side? How about replacing the other side of I/O board? The other side I/O port are part of LogicBoard? If I want to replace it, need to replace the whole LogicBoard? TQ.

Delta, · Reply

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