Introduction

Use this guide to replace your audio cable.

Image 1/1: Six 2.8 mm Phillips screws.
  • Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the Air:

    • Six 2.8 mm Phillips screws.

    • Two 3.8 mm Phillips screws.

    • Two 5.4 mm Phillips screws.

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  • Slightly lift the lower case near the vents and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.

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  • Disconnect the battery connector by pulling it straight out of its socket.

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Image 1/1: Four 2.9 mm Phillips.
  • Remove the following nine screws securing the battery to the Air:

    • Four 2.9 mm Phillips.

    • Four 3.8 mm Phillips.

    • One 7.2 mm Phillips.

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  • Lift the battery out of the Air.

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Image 1/1: One 3 mm Phillips.
  • Remove the following two screws securing the speaker assembly to the upper case.

    • One 3 mm Phillips.

    • One 5.8 mm Phillips.

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Image 1/2: Disconnect the audio out connector from its socket. Image 2/2: Disconnect the audio out connector from its socket.
  • Use a spudger to lift the audio-out connector board off the adhesive that secures it to the hard drive bracket.

  • Disconnect the audio out connector from its socket.

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Image 1/2: Use a spudger to pry the speaker cable connector up off the audio board. Image 2/2: Use a spudger to pry the speaker cable connector up off the audio board.
  • Rotate the speaker assembly toward the center of the Air.

  • Use a spudger to pry the speaker cable connector up off the audio board.

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Image 1/2: If necessary, pull the audio out ribbon cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case. Image 2/2: If necessary, pull the audio out ribbon cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.
  • Disconnect the port hatch ribbon cable from the logic board by pulling it straight up by its black pull tab.

  • If necessary, pull the audio out ribbon cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

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  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to de-route the microphone cable from the hard drive bracket.

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Image 1/1: Two 3.9 mm Phillips screws.
  • Remove the following screws securing the hard drive to the upper case:

    • Two 3.9 mm Phillips screws.

    • One 4.7 mm Phillips screw.

      • This may be a Torx T6 screw.

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  • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the cosmetic screw cover to reveal the last remaining screw securing the hard drive.

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  • Remove the 4.7 mm Phillips screw securing the hard drive to the upper case.

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Image 1/2: Peel the audio cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case. Image 2/2: Peel the audio cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.
  • Lift the hard drive slightly and use a spudger to pry the audio cable connector up off the logic board.

  • Peel the audio cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

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Conclusion

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

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6 Comments

Great! it works!

Jorge - Reply

It's perfect guide. I had a same situaton with my Air and cable that I ordered from here works perfect.

Thanks

William Sawyer - Reply

I had no audio, with the sound icon in menu bar absent and volume panel grayed out. This repair worked! Be sure to label each screw type from each step of the guide (some screws that were supposed to be same mm from two different steps were not). Be careful not to strip screws when removing them, and not to cross-thread when reinserting. Thanks for the guide.

angbra - Reply

It works , easy to follow guide and super fast shipping of the cable (just 6days), thanks guys ! BRGDS from Spain

hectorramirezrodriguez - Reply

I have sound!!! Cable that i ordered here works perfekt for me too. Thank you very much.

michal - Reply

Can i use it with a MacBook Air mid 2011?

Leandro Oriente - Reply

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