Introduction

The ins and outs of replacing your trackpad control cable.

Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the Air:
  • 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. Slightly lift the lower case near the vents and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.
  • 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.
  • Disconnect the battery connector by pulling it straight out of its socket.

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Remove the following nine screws securing the battery to the Air:
  • 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.
  • Lift the battery out of the Air.

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

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

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

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Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad control cable socket.
  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad control cable socket.

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Peel the trackpad control cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case. Pull the trackpad control cable out of its socket.
  • Peel the trackpad control cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

  • Pull the trackpad control cable out of its socket.

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Conclusion

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

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Hi, I was wondering if it's possible to remove the button pad on this model Air, and just install a regular trackpad like the ones in the Macbook Pro Unidbody's and up? Can someone let mek now if that is possible or do you need that click strip in order for it to function properly?

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