Introduction

Use this guide to completely replace the logic board.

  • 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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Image 1/1: Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the right edge of the Air.
  • Disconnect the I/O board by pulling the power cable away from its socket on the logic board.

  • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the right edge of the Air.

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Image 1/1: Do not lift upward on this cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.
  • Pull the camera cable parallel to the face of the I/O board toward the corner of the Air to disconnect it from its socket, using the tip of a spudger to help push the connector out of its socket.

  • Do not lift upward on this cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.

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Image 1/2: Pry up from beneath the wires. Image 2/2: De-route the left speaker cable from its retainer on the I/O board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left speaker cable connector up and out of its socket on the I/O board.

  • Pry up from beneath the wires.

  • De-route the left speaker cable from its retainer on the I/O board.

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Image 1/1: Pry up from beneath the wires.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the microphone cable connector up and out of its socket on the I/O board.

  • Pry up from beneath the wires.

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  • Remove the single 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw securing the I/O board to the upper case.

When inserting new board, make sure the headphones jack socket rim is registered properly with the case hole before tightening T5 screw.

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  • Carefully lift the I/O board from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

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Image 1/1: Three 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws
  • Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • Three 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws

    • Two 2.4 mm T5 Torx screws

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Image 1/1: Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.
  • When handling the battery, avoid squeezing or touching the four exposed lithium polymer cells.

  • Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

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Image 1/2: Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself. Image 2/2: Pull the trackpad ribbon cable straight out of its socket toward the front edge of the Air.
  • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF socket.

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

  • Pull the trackpad ribbon cable straight out of its socket toward the front edge of the Air.

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Image 1/1: Pry up from beneath the cables.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right speaker cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Pry up from beneath the cables.

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Image 1/2: While holding the lock away from the socket, use the tip of a spudger and your fingers to gently remove the display data cable from its socket by sliding it toward the corner of the Air. Image 2/2: Do not pull upward on the display data cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.
  • Gently push the tip of a spudger under the black plastic flap stuck to the display data cable lock to make the lock pop upward and away from the socket.

  • While holding the lock away from the socket, use the tip of a spudger and your fingers to gently remove the display data cable from its socket by sliding it toward the corner of the Air.

  • Do not pull upward on the display data cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna cable connectors up and off their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth card.

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  • Gently de-route the antenna cables from the slot cut into the logic board.

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  • Remove the single 2.85 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

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Image 1/1: Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.
  • Do not lift the end of the SSD excessively.

  • Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.

  • When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.

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  • Remove the six 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws securing the logic board to the upper case.

Actually the screws are 3.6mm (not 6.3mm).

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  • Remove the inner two 4.9 mm T8 Torx screws securing the antenna cable retainer and left clutch hinge to the upper case.

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  • Push the antenna cable retainer away slightly and remove the 3 mm T5 Torx screw securing the end of the heat sink to the upper case.

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  • Hold the antenna cables out of the way as you lift the heat sink end of the logic board out of the upper case.

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  • Carefully remove the logic board assembly from the upper case, minding any cables that may get caught.

Really great guide!!!

My only issue was the removal of the logic board was a bit nerve wracking.

The speaker wire was stressed heavily as the board tilted up. Removing the speakers before the board would solve this.

I did it in that order during reassembly, and it worked great.

gifts1000 - Reply

I also had an issue with the logic board installation as the above comment mentioned. I found easiest way is to just remove the speaker that you just re-installed. It's 1 screw - take that speaker out and now that wire that was bumping logic board is out of the way, and just then re-install the speaker.

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When replacing the logic board, make sure the two rf connectors are out of the way before you put the screws back.

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  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort/Bluetooth card to the logic board.

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Image 1/1: Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth board from the logic board.
  • Slightly lift the free end of the AirPort/Bluetooth board and pull it out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth board from the logic board.

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  • Remove the eight 2.5 mm T5 Torx screws securing the heat sink to the logic board.

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  • If the heat sink seems to be stuck to the logic board after removing all eight screws, use a spudger to carefully separate the heat sink from the faces of the CPU and GPU.

  • Remove the heat sink from the logic board.

  • When reinstalling the heat sink, be sure to apply a new layer of thermal paste. If you have never applied thermal paste before, we have a guide that makes it easy.

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Image 1/1: Logic board remains.
  • Remove the rubber fan gasket from the logic board.

  • Logic board remains.

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Image 1/2: Additionally, be sure the small post molded into the rubber gasket mates with the hole cut into the upper right corner of the logic board. Image 2/2: Additionally, be sure the small post molded into the rubber gasket mates with the hole cut into the upper right corner of the logic board.
  • These shots show how the rubber fan gasket should be installed during reassembly. Be sure not to install the gasket underneath the ear where the end of the heatsink is screwed down to the upper case.

  • Additionally, be sure the small post molded into the rubber gasket mates with the hole cut into the upper right corner of the logic board.

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Conclusion

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

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