Requesting info on how to replace the MBP (A1286) trackpad
Mine has been cracked (read: mildly shattered). I've had the bottom case off but I'm hesitant to go any further until I have some more information. I have purchased a new trackpad for it (part no. 661-4948) and am ready to dig in but I would prefer to have a guide of some sort. I'm hoping I don't have to remove the motherboard to do so, but from what I saw in there, it may not be possible.
Anyway, thanks for the support everyone! I'll write-up a guide once I dig in since there doesn't seem to be one.
It's all one unit: MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Late 2008/Early 2009) Upper Case
Here's how to install it: MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Upper Case Replacement
Case Assembly includes backlit keyboard and trackpad assembly. — 1 available at 299.95 each.
Per the directions above (remove "crossbar"), I was successfully able to replace a trackpad on the A1286 model without removing the logic board (mobo). Three screws from the top and two from the side hold the bar in place. After removing was able to squeeze in a small screwdriver. Recommend http://www.l2order.com for OEM Mac replacement parts.
I can confirm that the solution detailed by David has worked for me - thanks for taking the time to write this up!!
L2 Computer (http://www.l2order.com/mainCat.cfm?mainC...) supplied my replacement part (which appears to be genuine Apple) for $29.95 + $11 express delivery to Australia (I believe US postage is free). Item was received 1 week from ordering.
We found an A1286 lying against a garbage can in Manhattan on New Year's Eve 2014. the battery bulged so much, it broke the trackpad. We were able to extract it without removing the logic board. We saw two sets of four screws:
Screws 1 and 4 (silver in color) anchored the bracket to the trackpad.
Screws 2 and 3 (darker in color) anchored the bracket to the upper case.
Picture of removed items:
Pictures courtesy of the Fixers Collective Facebook page.