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Retina MacBook Pro and Air 5-Point Pentalobe P5 Screwdriver

$7.95

Product code: IF145-090

Product Overview

Beat the proprietary lock on your MacBook Air or Pro Retina.

  • Fits the 5-point pentalobe screws found on the bottom of recent MacBook Air and all MacBook Pro with Retina Display laptops.
  • Sturdy precision driver with a solid metal shaft, rubberized plastic handle, and spinning top.
  • Fixed driver makes frequent repairs much easier.
  • Upgrade to pro for an ESD safe professional-grade driver.

Also available as part of the Pro Tech Screwdriver Set or as one of the individual bits in the 54 Bit Driver Kit

Product Details

$7.95 iFixit

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

Notes:

A staff favorite!

$11.95 Pro / USA

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty

Notes:

The nicest MacBook Air driver available anywhere! Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty, this very nice driver will be the last one you have to buy. Features a reversible tip, with the pentalobe driver on both sides, so you have redundant reliability.

ESD handle with swivel top.

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Stories

My Problem

Battery was faulty

My Fix

Repair went great, screws out, battery replaced, screws in.

Easy and fast!

My Advice

I recommend hanging out the "Self-Repair-Manifest". I did it at work, great inspiration :)

Only real advice: This repair is extremely easy and very useful! Good luck!

My Problem

My MacBook Air battery had a "service battery" condition after a few years of use. I used iFixit to seek advice and see a video of a possible repair. Since a Apple store is very far away, I decided to do the repair myself, using the required tools. The installation of the battery was as easy as the iFixit video, and within 3 days, I had a new battery. I definitely recommend iFixit for all DIY repairs on electronic devices.

My Fix

Easy as apple pie. The tools provided fix the little screws perfectly. I am glad that I purchased exactly what you recommended.

My Advice

If you can use a screw driver, you can do this battery repair replacement.

My Problem

Water damage to 2011 MBP 13"

My Fix

I didn't order the T6 torx screwdriver. I was able to go only so far in my tear down and dissassembly, and ended up stripping out a few of the tiny, soft, aluminum screws that were T6 instead of the T5 that I ordered.

My Advice

Don't be in a hurry, buy more tools than you think you'll need, because you'll need them :-)

My Problem

needed to remove pcie ssd from macbook air 2013

My Fix

perfectly

My Advice

2103 macbook air pcie ssd has a unique proprietary connector

My Problem

Liquid damage to keyboard, and Apple store said MacBookAir can only be fixed by sending it off to get repaired for flat fee of $750, no matter how small or big a problem. It made no sense to me for a 3-year old laptpo, so I figured I'd try buying the part and tools and doing it myself for $150. So even if I messed up (which apparently I did), I could save the rest of the money towards buying a new laptop.

My Fix

Well, the computer still booted up before. Afterwards, not so much. No response, not even charging (I get the dim green light on the charger now). Following the instructions was pretty straightforward, so I can't think of where I went wrong. The iFixit steps were not hard, and I even did it 3 times after discovering it was not working the first time, swapping the old part and new part again. I think the "Difficult" rating should be applied to the handling of the computer components. I don't exactly know where I went wrong, though. Now I have an expensive paperweight.

My Advice

I suspect maybe the logic board or I/O board got damaged in the process, although I swear I was pretty careful about it. I can't think of what else to do. It's hard to tell, and I don't have the facilities to test, which parts need fixing. I tried the key combinations for resetting PRAM and SMC, disconnecting and reconnecting battery, etc., but I'm not even sure the keyboard is responding. I should've just opted for a repair service that was cheaper than Apple, but then again, it was a 3-year old laptop and I figured the money would be better spent if saved towards a new computer.

I recently replaced a keyboard on my old T61p PC laptop, and that took less than a quarter of the time and at only 5% of the cost. I feel bad that I destroyed the Apple, especially since it was a hand-me-down and I didn't buy it. Through this experience, I doubt I'm buying Apple for my next computer though.

My Problem

The right fan sounded like a jet airplane was fixin to take off from my desk. Occasionally it sounded like someone dropped a box of loose screws in that jet engine.

My Fix

The repair went well. The online walkthrough at iFixit was invaluable in knowing some of the little things about different connectors and necessary intermediate steps.

I wasn't too happy with the shipping. The new fan arrived in an envelope and had been squished on one side. I got it straightened out and hoped for the best.

My Advice

The repair process when smoothly. The screws and connectors you remove can be very small. Make sure you have a work area without any breezes or moving air.

Also, some of the very small screws are subtly different in size. The screws that hold the back on the laptop are all the same head, but VERY slightly different in length. Same goes for the screws that hold the fan in. Be sure you keep track of which screw came from which hole.

My Problem

Needed to replace the battery in my MacBook Air Mid 2011. The Apple store wanted to charge too much to replace it. The battery would not hold a charge.

My Fix

The repair was easy with the right screwdriver. You need the 5-Point Pentalobe P5 screwdriver to remove the bottom cover. To remove the battery you can use a T5 Torx screwdriver.

My Advice

Don't waste time going to Lowe's, Home Depot or any other hardware store. I went to all of them even online. Some have never heard of it. This was the place to buy it.

My Problem

The Macbook was acting weird. I wanted to get a look inside and see if something was loose. The only things stopping we were those dastardly "pentalobe screws". A week later my IFIXIT screwdriver arrived. I pressed it into good use immediately and carefully saved aside those little bastard screws. Quickly I saw the problem had nothing to do with hardware. It was a Mac. They all act weird. I closed up the patient and flipped it right-side up. It was a sight to behold. The Majesty. The Regality. The Grandeur! I opened the lid. I pressed the power button. It booted.

My Fix

All went well with the computer. Maybe while I had it open I should have upgraded the wimpy 62GB SSD but I decided to put this puppy back on the street the way it was. After all, the real repair needed was the owner. She needed time to heal after switching over from the niceties of a pc to the sparsities of a Macbook Air. Like the delete key only working backwards; the single menu bar; the goofy dock! She will get better in time, I am sure.

My Advice

Get a Dell.

My Problem

Had a few problems with Macbook Pro and Macbook Air 11 inch that I am trying to resurrect. Needed the basis tools and was happy with what I got except the Pentalobe P5 needs to be made with a tougher compound as it loses shape too quickly. Keep the faith.

My Fix

Slowly but thats fine, excellent information in the guides and easy for a kiwi to understand even those of us over 70 and Vietnam vets!!

My Advice

Make !@#$ sure you keep the screws in order and accounted for. Most problems are exacerbated by wrong screws and wrong torques. Amazing how impatient you can get as an oldy.

My Problem

I thought I had a battery going bad, so I ordered a new battery. It was the charger instead. All is well now. Anyone need a new battery? LOL...

My Fix

No repair needed

My Advice

Don't listen to other people's troubleshooting tips. Do your own work and save money.