Introduction

The Mac Pro is cooled by a single centrifugal fan. Use this guide to remove the fan for cleaning or replacement.

Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position. Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position.
  • Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position.

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Lift the outer case straight up off the Mac Pro. It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up. It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up.
  • Lift the outer case straight up off the Mac Pro.

  • It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up.

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Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from around the outer perimeter of the fan assembly. Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from around the outer perimeter of the fan assembly. Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from around the outer perimeter of the fan assembly.
  • Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from around the outer perimeter of the fan assembly.

You don't have to remove the fan assy to get to the wifi board & card. It can be done with the fan assy still attached.

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The fan assembly is attached to the rest of the computer by two cables on the IO board side. Tilt the assembly up away from the IO board.
  • The fan assembly is attached to the rest of the computer by two cables on the IO board side.

  • Tilt the assembly up away from the IO board.

  • Do not try to remove the fan assembly yet, as it is still attached by two cables.

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While supporting the fan assembly with one hand, loosen the two T7 captive screws in the fan cable bracket.
  • While supporting the fan assembly with one hand, loosen the two T7 captive screws in the fan cable bracket.

  • These screws are captive in the Mac Pro. Do not try to remove these screws from your Mac Pro.

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Use a pair of tweezers to pull the fan cable bracket away from the fan assembly.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the fan cable bracket away from the fan assembly.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the fan assembly ribbon cable from the IO board. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the fan assembly ribbon cable from the IO board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the fan assembly ribbon cable from the IO board.

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Disconnect the fan assembly antenna cable from the IO board.
  • Disconnect the fan assembly antenna cable from the IO board.

  • Remove the fan assembly from the Mac Pro.

You don't have to remove the fan assy to do the steps below. They can be done with the fan assy still attached.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the fan assembly lid up off the fan assembly. Remove the fan assembly lid. Remove the fan assembly lid.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the fan assembly lid up off the fan assembly.

  • Remove the fan assembly lid.

There is a thin circle of double sided adhesive that must be loosened in order to remove the plastic cover.

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Remove the three 3.7 mm T4 screws securing the metal cover to the AirPort board bay.
  • Remove the three 3.7 mm T4 screws securing the metal cover to the AirPort board bay.

I had better luck using a T5 driver.

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Same here. Mine were T5, not T4.

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Lift and remove the metal cover from the AirPort board bay.
  • Lift and remove the metal cover from the AirPort board bay.

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Use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF retaining tab on the fan assembly ribbon cable connector. Remove the fan assembly ribbon cable from its ZIF socket. Remove the fan assembly ribbon cable from its ZIF socket.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF retaining tab on the fan assembly ribbon cable connector.

  • Remove the fan assembly ribbon cable from its ZIF socket.

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Use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF retaining tab on the fan ribbon cable. Disconnect the fan ribbon cable. Disconnect the fan ribbon cable.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF retaining tab on the fan ribbon cable.

  • Disconnect the fan ribbon cable.

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Remove the three 3.7 mm T4 screws securing the fan bezel to the fan assembly.
  • Remove the three 3.7 mm T4 screws securing the fan bezel to the fan assembly.

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Remove the fan bezel. Remove the fan bezel.
  • Remove the fan bezel.

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Remove the following screws from the top of the fan assembly:
  • Remove the following screws from the top of the fan assembly:

    • One 10.4 mm T10 screw

    • Three 3.7 mm T4 screws

'T4' screws here VERY tight - iFixit T4 bit spun out on 2, but managed to get them to turn with T5 bit and firm downward pressure....

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Flip the AirPort board over. Flip the AirPort board over.
  • Flip the AirPort board over.

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Remove the remaining two 10.4 mm T10 screws securing the fan to the fan assembly.
  • Remove the remaining two 10.4 mm T10 screws securing the fan to the fan assembly.

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Lift the fan assembly up from the fan. Lift the fan assembly up from the fan. Lift the fan assembly up from the fan.
  • Lift the fan assembly up from the fan.

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Conclusion

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

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using my iFixit bit set, I'd have to say that the tiny screws for Airport card & cover, as well as fan bezel, are actually T5, not T4 - came very close to stripping the heads on two of the Airport card screws with the recommended T4 bit, but firm pressure and a steady hand with T5 bit got them out. Thanks for the guide - many careful steps to get a scrap of scotch tape out of the fan where its gentle ticks-ticka was driving us crazy thinking something far worse was going wrong.....

vbob - Reply

Ha! I wondered what would happen if some tiny flotsam was dropped in through the top - terrible! Thanks for the tip!

Wagon Fixin - Reply

Likewise, I've had a random noise in the fan at startup, and finally took the fan assembly apart to grab it. It was some even tinier screw from somewhere that had lodged in part of the fan housing. All is very, very well now!!!!

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