MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Left Fan Replacement
Replace the left fan in your MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Moderate
Replace a faulty fan to keep temperatures down.
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For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.
Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.
It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.
Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the left fan connector from the logic board.
It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.
The fan socket and the fan connector can be seen in the second and third pictures. Be careful not to break the plastic fan socket off the logic board as you use your spudger to lift the fan connector straight up and out of its socket. The layout of the logic board shown in the second picture may look slightly different than your machine but the fan socket is the same.