Introduction

Use this guide to replace a burned-out fan.

Video Overview

  • Before proceeding, close your computer and lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 9 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.6 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

  • The special screwdriver needed to remove the eight 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

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Image 1/1: Remove the lower case and set it aside.
  • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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Image 1/1: Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board.
  • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.

  • Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board.

  • Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the I/O board cable connector upward out of its socket on the I/O board.

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Image 1/2: Carefully peel the I/O board cable from the top of the fan. Image 2/2: While gently pulling the I/O board cable upward near its connection to the logic board, use the tip of a spudger to pry upward on alternating sides of the connector to help "walk" it out of its socket.
  • The following connector has an especially deep socket. Use care when disconnecting it.

  • Carefully peel the I/O board cable from the top of the fan.

  • While gently pulling the I/O board cable upward near its connection to the logic board, use the tip of a spudger to pry upward on alternating sides of the connector to help "walk" it out of its socket.

  • Remove the I/O board cable.

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Image 1/1: Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the fan cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

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  • Peel the rubber gasket off the adhesive on the top of the fan.

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Image 1/1: One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw
  • Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the upper case:

    • One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw

    • One 2.7 mm T5 Torx screw

    • One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw with a short head

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  • Lift the fan out of the upper case and carefully pull the fan ribbon cable out of its socket as you remove it from the Air.

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Conclusion

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

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3 Comments

Plugging the fan back in is a huge pain in the ass, do you have a tip for that?

Robert Westman - Reply

I screwed up and my fan cable ZIF socket lifted out. I destroyed it trying to solder it back on. Can I buy a replacement?

Janine Maddock - Reply

This is actually an interesting question. I was looking into this issue and watched most of your video and the fan did not spin up and everything was quiet and perfect. If I watch a youtube video, it spins up like crazy. Any suggestions?

Jerry Garcia - Reply

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