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|MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009|| |
|MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009|| |
March 15, 2013
My late model 2008 Macbook Pro has been a gem, but all of a sudden the right fan started to give out, the left would be clocked at over 6000rpm while the right was dredging at barely 2000. It was time, after 4 years, to swap the components out.
It's an easy swap, took 10 minutes only because the screws are so dang small. Fans were in perfect condition, and my computer hasn't been this silent in years. I'd almost forgot what a new MBP is supposed to sound like - nothing! Silence again, my ears rejoice.
If you're going to replace one, replace both, it's a cheap swap and you'll save yourself in future woes. If one died, the other is right behind it. Remember to discharge any static electric build up with the metal plate apple installed.
March 1, 2013
My MBP15 had the too much thermal paste problem, with constant 6krpm fans running. And, consequently the left fan was worn out, sounding like a two-stroke chainsaw. Worse, it never revved up beyond 2500rpm, so heat became an issue. 103° C on the CPU is Not Good.
Opening the case and getting the fans out was a breeze. I was amazed at the amount of connections to the system planar (sorry, a bit of IBM-speak there) but the guide was thorough and the pro toolkit had my prying needs taken care of. The top side of the systemboard was very dusty. Taking off the CPU cooler assembly was simple, and revealed caked thermal paste that had been squeezed out over the edges of the [CG]PU devices. Cleaning the surfaces with a Plastic Opening Tool first and then lint-free paper and alcohol made them shiny and clean. Re-applying thermal paste in sensible amounts, evenly spread out and screwing the system back together made for some improvement in thermal managment; and together with the fans I've got an usable computer again.
I used a plastic ice-cube mold to hold the small screws, with one partition per guide step / screw type.
Be careful with the screws holding the thermal conductor; the springs come off.
Less is usually better with thermal paste.
January 28, 2013
December 21, 2012
My MacBook Pro developed a grinding noise of the left fan.
Besides that my battery was expanding up to a point that my touchpad did not work properly anymore on 'click' functions.
After checking at my Apple shop, they told me that they had to send in the unit to a repair-centre and it would take multiple days to fix.
As I use my MacBook around the clock and is my primary work tool, this is unacceptable. This is why I decided to order the parts and do the repair myself.
The repair was very straightforward
The exchange of the battery was a breeze too, thanks to the special torx I ordered.
When you notice that your touchpad-click function is not working the way it used to, replace your battery as it is a sign of expanding.
Regularly clean-out the fans and radiators for dust-buildup, my suggestion is once a year.
Another enlightenment was the speed of delivery of the parts. I am living in the Netherlands, I ordered the parts wednesday-evening, friday-morning the Fedex-box was delivered. This really great!
October 30, 2012
My right fan bearing was going out. It was making so much noise i was asked to leave my universities "none quite" study area.
Repair went great and was simple. MBP is now quite and cool.
While i was in it I took the Optical drive out and cleaned it. The drive works again after not working for a year and a half.
Follow the guide and there is absolutely no stress.
August 23, 2012
Left fan was dying, causing the computer to freeze constantly
Super simple and quick. Had no problems at all.
When disconnecting the fan from the logic board, put the spudger directly under the connector and pull upwards. Be careful not to pull too hard, however.
June 14, 2012
Les ventilateurs étaient très bruyants et ne refroidissaient plus la machine qui plantait lamentablement.
Temps passé : 30 minutes.
Outils nécessaires : un petit tournevis cruciforme, un outils fin en plastique (à défaut un petit tournevis plat)
Étape 1 : Enlever la batterie de son socle.
Étape 2 : Dévisser la plaque de protection sous le Mac, placer les vis de manière à se souvenir de leurs trous d'origine.
Étape 3 : Dés que les vis sont retirées, soulever le capot doucement en faisant attention a ne pas casser les clips de la protection, pour pouvoir refermer correctement a la fin de l'intervention, puis retirer le cache.
Étape 4 : Nous voyons maintenant les ventilateurs : l'objectif principal de cet intervention. ( Photo 4 )
Étape 5 : Retirer délicatement les trois vis noires du premier ventilateur. ( Photo 5 )
Étape 6 : Minutieusement, retirer la patte d'alimentation du premier ventilateur a l'aide d' un outil spécifique Mac ou un tournevis, mais dans ce cas il faut être délicat et faire attention a ne pas abîmer le connecteur. ( Photo 6 )
Étape 7 : Maintenant que le premier ventilateur est retirer passons au deuxième.
Étape 8 : Pour le second retirer aussi les vis noires.
Étape 9/10 : Maintenant que c'est fait enlever la petite patte d'alimentation du ventilateur pour l'enlever complètement de son emplacement .
Étape 11 : Alors là faire attention aux ventilateurs car ils ne sont pas identique
Étape 12 : Les revisser puis rebrancher les ventillos en replaçant les petites pattes.
Étape 13 : Maintenant que les ventilateurs ont été changés on peut le refermer mais attention de bien revisser chaque vis dans son trou respectif.
Je n'avais pas le bon matériel. Un bon tournevis est indispensable pour ne pas abîmer les vis. Si votre tournevis ripe, changez d'outil !
April 23, 2012
The fan on Left side on my MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008) made noises.
The repair was very easy, took the time to unscrew the fan on the right side at the same time, so I could blow away the dust on the cooling element on the side as well. The repair, all and all took about 20 min. (included the cleaning on the right side).
See to it that you have a bottle of compressed air or something like that, when you make a repair like this. Because you will probably have a lot of dust on the inside of the computer (I was forced to take a walk to my work to borrow a bottle of compressed air there).
April 17, 2012
The left fan in my Macbook Pro (it was a mid 2009) was getting really noisy, and it was driving me nuts.
Repair went smoothly, it was very simple and my computer is more silent than ever!
Just make sure you have a torx 6 screwdriver. You can get a set at Home Depot that includes the 6 with a bunch of other sizes for about $5. Very useful and you need it to take the fan out.
April 3, 2012
The bearings on one of my fans finally gave out after four years of heavy use. The fan still worked fine, it was just incredibly noisy. I figured that the other fan would soon follow suit, so I just decided to replace both.
Replacements went smoothly on both fans and my laptop is quiet as a mouse again! It took less than 10 minutes, with the right tools of course.
Don't try to undo the screws holding the fan in place too quickly, you'll easily strip them.