MacBook Air Models A1237 and A1304 Display Assembly Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Use this guide to replace a broken display.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Lift the battery out of the Air.

Edit Step 6 Hard Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the port hatch ribbon cable from the logic board by pulling it straight up by its black pull tab.

  • Pull the audio out ribbon cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

  • Use a spudger to pry the audio out ribbon cable connector board off the hard drive bracket.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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  • Disconnect the audio out cable from its socket on the port hatch ribbon cable.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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  • Use a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up off the logic board.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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

  • Remove the cosmetic screw cover from the adhesive securing it to the hard drive bracket.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the four Phillips screws securing the hard drive assembly to the upper case:

    • Two 4.7 mm screws.

    • Two 3.9 mm screws.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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  • Lift the hard drive assembly out of the upper case.

Edit Step 12 Heat Sink  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12 Heat Sink  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the fan cable connector straight away from its connector on the logic board.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to move the cosmetic fan cover aside.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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  • If you have the original version of the MacBook Air (A1237), refer to picture 1. Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board:

    • One 5.9 mm Phillips screw.

    • Two 1.9 mm Phillips screws.

    • One 1.9 mm Phillips screw.

  • If you have the A1304 version of MacBook Air, refer to picture 2. Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board:

    • One 5.0 mm Phillips screw

    • Five 1.9 mm Philips screws.

    • One 2.5 mm Phillips screw.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Lift the processor clamp off the heat sink.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Deroute the microphone cable away from the channel in the fan.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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  • Lift the heat sink up off the logic board.

  • Be mindful of the microphone cable when lifting the heat sink, as it can get tangled on the top edge of the fan.

  • When you mount the heat sink back onto the logic board, be sure to apply a new layer of thermal paste. We have a guide that makes replacing the thermal paste easy.

Edit Step 18 Logic Board  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18 Logic Board  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • If present, remove the small piece of black tape covering the microphone cable connector.

  • Disconnect the microphone cable by pulling its connector straight away from the socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Remove the two small Phillips screws securing the logic board bracket to the upper case.

  • Lift the logic board bracket out of the upper case.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth and trackpad control cable connectors up off the logic board.

Edit Step 22  ¶ 

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the DC-In cable by pulling its connector straight away from the socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Remove the small Phillips screw securing the display data cable ground loop to the upper case.

  • Disconnect the display data cable by pulling its connector straight away from the socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Remove the three Phillips screws securing the logic board to the upper case.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

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Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Lift the logic board out of the upper case.

Edit Step 26 Display Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 26 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the two following screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board bracket to the upper case:

    • One 4.7 mm Phillips.

    • One 3.9 mm Phillips.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket out of the upper case.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry the three antenna cables up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

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Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Peel the antenna cables up off the adhesive securing them to the upper case.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

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Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Remove the single Phillips screw securing the microphone cable ground loop to the upper case.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Remove the following 15 screws:

    • Thirteen 2.3 mm Phillips.

    • Two T6 Torx.

  • Leave one T6 Torx screw in each side of the display bracket.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

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Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Open the Air so the display is perpendicular to the upper case and place it on a table as shown.

  • While holding the top of the Air with one hand, remove the T6 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.

Edit Step 33  ¶ 

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  • Be sure to hold the Air together while you remove the last Torx screw. Failure to do so may cause the display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging both components.

  • Remove the T6 Torx screw from the upper display bracket.

Edit Step 34  ¶ 

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  • Pull the upper case straight away from the display, minding any cables that may get caught.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Air Models A1237 and A1304 device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

Great guide. I was able to remove the components without any trouble. Be sure to label your screws, as there are so many.

Steven Hanlon, · Reply

I was able to replace broken hinges without replacing the whole display. It takes patience and a bit of courage but it's doable (except if you are blonde and cute I guess ;)

Alfredo Sola, · Reply

Buenas tardes Alberto. Tengo necesidad de sustituir una bisagra de este modelo y no sé donde puedo adquirirla. Le agradecería que me dijera donde puedo comprarla. muchas gracias por adelantado

jose enrique guijarro martinez,

I skipped the step (6c) of prying the audio out ribbon cable connector board off the hard drive bracket (& disconnecting it), since it doesn't come off real easily, and I didn't want to damage it. It only requires a little more care when removing the HD from it's bracket if you skip step 6c.

amiller770, · Reply

This is not necessary and looks pretty risky too.

eugene, · Reply

Agreed, I encountered no issues when I skipped this on a Rev.B model.

Kyle Milnes,

Reversing step 8 is where I ran into trouble. The replacement fan I had was slightly thicker than the original and caused the ZIF cable to work its way out of the tenuous connection it had to the SSD, resulting in a "?" missing boot drive error upon startup. Took me three tries to get it right! The difficulty is to get the drive connector to the logic board to reach and seat without pulling the other end out of the drive.

aaronmiller, · Reply

Longer screws on top.

Adam Nelson, · Reply

Two 3.9 mm Phillips screws.

Two 4.7 mm Phillips screws.

Alvaro Hermida, · Reply

There is a cable glued to the diskframe that must be loosened with a spudger before you can remove the frame.

oysteinalsaker, · Reply

On A1237, the yellow screw is a bit longer then the two orange ones.

Peterdk, · Reply

The plastic Airport/Bluetooth bracket provides additional resistance and the 3.9 mm screw is easily stripped. Remove carefully.

Robert Calhoun, · Reply

Note: If you are not replacing this card, you don't have to disconnect the bottom two cables. You will need to remove the top cable to access the screw. Use care.

rmohns, · Reply

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