Introduction

This will be the starting point for any repairs that you may need to do on your Apple AirPort Extreme Model A1143. Some patience should be used when removing the case as it can be fragile.

The back pad is held in with glue so use caution when removing to prevent tearing. Low heat may be used to help remove the pad.
  • The back pad is held in with glue so use caution when removing to prevent tearing. Low heat may be used to help remove the pad.

  • Slowly peel off the rubber pad on the bottom of the device. Start from one corner and peel with your fingers. Use heat if necessary until pad is completely removed.

This is where you would use the opening tool. It’s the perfect tool to lift the rubber base around the metal lip and then pull with your fingers.

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After removing the rubber pad, unscrew the five 5mm phillips #00 screws in the holes of the back cover.
  • After removing the rubber pad, unscrew the five 5mm phillips #00 screws in the holes of the back cover.

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Lift up the back case from the perforated edge to remove it.
  • Lift up the back case from the perforated edge to remove it.

Remove logic board and metal casing from outer case by prying from one side using a spudger.
  • Remove logic board and metal casing from outer case by prying from one side using a spudger.

I have found it easier to lift from the side with the Ethernet ports. When putting back together watch that the three WI-FI antennas don’t get snagged against the case as your putting back.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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