Late 2011 model, A1278 / 2.4 GHz i5 or 2.8 GHz i7 processor.

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Removing the fan blade of the MacBook Pro 2011.

Lately, the fan of my macbook pro started to make noises but only occasionally, especially after tilting it. I then disassemble the fan and clean it, reassemble it but the noise will still pop up.

I figure the problem is near the motor of the fan which I was unable to clean because I have no idea how to pry off the fan blade from the axle. I peel off the sticker behind the fan and it has a golden bolt.

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Fans wear out -- the noise you are hearing is the bearing, and it is not user-serviceable. Fortunately, fans can be purchased at a reasonably low cost, and are pretty quick and easy to replace.

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Got it in one, Marshall. Here's the replacement fan, and here's the guide for the steps. The product page also has a take-apart video.

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody and MacBook 13" Unibody Fan Image

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