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MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement

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  1. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Prepare your MacBook for disassembly: step 1, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Prepare your MacBook for disassembly: step 1, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Prepare your MacBook for disassembly: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Allow your MacBook's battery to drain below 10% before starting this repair. A charged battery may catch fire if damaged during the repair.

    • Unplug all cables and fully shut down your MacBook.

    • Close the lid and flip your MacBook over. Keep the lid closed until you've physically disconnected the battery.

    • Opening the lid will power on your MacBook. If you're using macOS Big Sur v11.1 or earlier, disable this function using this guide.

  2. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Unfasten the lower case: step 2, image 1 of 1
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    FixMat
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    • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove the six screws securing the lower case:

    • Two 6.8 mm screws

    • Two 5.3 mm screws

    • Two 3.4 mm screws

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from.

  3. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Separate the lower case: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Separate the lower case: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Apply a suction handle near the front edge of the lower case, between the screw holes.

    • Pull up on the suction handle to create a gap between the lower case and the frame.

  4. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Release the left clips: step 4, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Release the left clips: step 4, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Release the left clips: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick between the lower case and the frame.

    • Slide the pick around the left corner to release the first set of clips.

    • You'll hear and feel a pop when each clip releases.

  5. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Release the right clips: step 5, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Release the right clips: step 5, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Release the right clips: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Slide your opening pick around the right corner to release the second set of clips securing the lower case.

  6. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Pry the lower case up: step 6, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Pry the lower case up: step 6, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Pry the lower case up: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Insert your opening pick between the lower case and the frame near the middle left screw hole.

    • Firmly twist the pick until the clip releases.

    • Repeat this procedure for the clip near the middle right screw hole.

  7. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Release the remaining clips: step 7, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Release the remaining clips: step 7, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Release the remaining clips: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Firmly pull the lower case away from the screen hinges to release the last clips securing it to the frame.

    • This motion requires significant force. Don't pull the lower case up, as you may bend the clips.

    • If it feels stuck, pull one corner at a time.

  8. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 8, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the lower case.

    • To reinstall the lower case:

    • Set it in place and align the sliding clips near the display hinges. Press down and slide the lower case toward the hinges.

    • Once the lower case is secured near the hinges, press down firmly to engage the remaining four clips.

    • You'll hear and feel a pop when each clip engages.

  9. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the battery board cover: step 9, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the battery board cover: step 9, image 2 of 2
    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
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    • Use blunt nose tweezers or your fingers to peel and remove the cover from the battery board, just above the middle battery cell.

  10. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the battery data cable: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the battery data cable: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use blunt nose tweezers to gently peel back the pull tab covering the battery data connector.

    • Don't remove or tear the pull tab, as it's attached to the head of the connector.

  11. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Use the point of a spudger to flip up the small locking tab securing the battery data connector.

    • Locking tabs on ZIF connectors are fragile—be gentle with your spudger.

  12. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • Use blunt nose tweezers or your fingers to grab the battery data cable pull tab and slide it straight out of its socket.

    • Move the cable to the left, out of the way of the battery board.

    • Don't strain the cable, as it's still attached to the battery board.

  13. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Unfasten the battery connector: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 3.7 mm screw securing the battery connector.

  14. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 14, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 14, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Use the flat end of your spudger to slightly lift the battery connector away from the battery board.

    • Lifting the connector too high will break it. Angle it enough so it won't accidentally contact the battery board during repair.

    • Optionally, you may insert a barrier, such as a piece of a playing card, between the connector and the board during the repair.

  15. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 15, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the display cable bracket: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 3.1 mm screws securing the display cable retaining bracket.

    • Remove the bracket.

  16. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the display cable cover: step 16, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the display cable cover: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use your T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.7 mm screws securing the display cable cover.

    • Remove the cover.

  17. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 17, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the display: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of your spudger to pry up and disconnect the display cable from the display board.

  18. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the left cable bracket: step 18, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the left cable bracket: step 18, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the left cable bracket: step 18, image 3 of 3
    • Use your T5 Torx driver to remove the two screws securing the left cable bracket to the logic board:

    • One 3.6 mm screw

    • One 2.6 mm screw

    • Remove the bracket.

  19. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 19, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the interconnect cable: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of your spudger to pry up and disconnect the left interconnect cable.

  20. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the antenna cable cover: step 20, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the antenna cable cover: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Peel and remove the plastic cover from the antenna cables.

  21. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 21, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 21, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the antenna bar: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of your spudger to pry up and disconnect the antenna cables from the logic board.

    • Pry on the metal head of the connector. Avoid lifting the cable itself as much as possible.

    • To reconnect the cables, align the connectors directly over their sockets and press down with the flat end of a spudger until they snap into place.

  22. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Unfasten the antenna cables: step 22, image 1 of 1
    • Use your T5 Torx driver to remove the 3.4 mm screw securing the antenna cables to the logic board.

  23. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the logic board: step 23, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the logic board: step 23, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the logic board: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of a spudger to flip up the small locking tab securing the right speaker connector.

    • Grab the pull tab on the head of the cable and slide it straight out of its socket.

  24. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable bracket: step 24, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the trackpad cable bracket: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Use your T5 Torx driver to remove the two 1.9 mm screws securing the trackpad cable bracket.

    • Remove the bracket.

  25. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad: step 25, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the trackpad: step 25, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of your spudger to pry up and disconnect the trackpad cable from the logic board.

  26. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the seven remaining ZIF connectors from the logic board by lifting their locking tabs and pulling them straight out of their sockets.

  27. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the right cable bracket: step 27, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the right cable bracket: step 27, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the right cable bracket: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • Use your T3 Torx driver to remove the three 1.4 mm screws securing the cable bracket to the top right of the logic board.

    • Remove the bracket.

  28. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the top right press connectors: step 28, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the top right press connectors: step 28, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Disconnect the top right press connectors: step 28, image 3 of 3
    • Use the point of your spudger to pry up and disconnect the Touch Bar press connector from the top right of the logic board.

    • Repeat this step for the lid angle sensor and the Thunderbolt ports press connectors.

  29. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the top left cable cover: step 29, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the top left cable cover: step 29, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the top left cable cover: step 29, image 3 of 3
    • Use your T3 Torx driver to remove the two screws securing the cable cover near the headphone jack:

    • One 1.4 mm screw

    • One 4.9 mm screw

    • Remove the cover.

  30. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Unfasten the logic board: step 30, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Unfasten the logic board: step 30, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the five screws securing the logic board:

    • One 3.0 mm hex head screw

    • One 3.7 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Three 3.3 mm T5 Torx screws

  31. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Reassembly information: step 31, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Reassembly information: step 31, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Reassembly information: step 31, image 3 of 3
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    • Your 3.0 mm nut driver may be too long to thread the hex head screw in. Use one of the following techniques to begin threading the screw in:

    • Thread the screw in using your fingertips.

    • Thread the screw in using blunt nose tweezers.

    • Use your T3 Torx driver to install the 1.4 mm screw into the hex head screw. Then, install the hex head screw using the T3 Torx driver. Finally, hold the hex head screw while you remove the 1.4 mm screw.

    • Once the hex head screw is threaded in a few turns, tighten it using your nut driver.

  32. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Pry up the logic board: step 32, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Pry up the logic board: step 32, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the point of your spudger between the bottom left of the logic board and the left speaker assembly.

    • Pry up on the logic board until you can grab it with your fingers.

  33. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 33, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 33, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 33, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the bottom left edge of the logic board.

    • Pull the logic board down and left to free it from the press connectors and antenna cables in the upper right corner.

    • Lift the logic board out of its recess, making sure not to catch on any loose cables.

    • During reassembly, make sure all 15 connectors are above the logic board before reinstalling it.

  34. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the rubber spacer: step 34, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the rubber spacer: step 34, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the rubber spacer: step 34, image 3 of 3
  35. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Prepare your work area: step 35, image 1 of 1
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    • Flip the logic board over and lay it down on a soft surface, such as a microfiber cloth.

  36. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Unfasten the heatsink: step 36, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Unfasten the heatsink: step 36, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Torx T5 driver to unfasten the four 3.8 mm screws securing the tension brackets.

    • As you remove each screw, hold down the tension bracket with a finger to prevent the screw from ejecting.

    • During reassembly, install each screw only a few turns to ensure the heatsink aligns properly. Once all four screws are threaded in, finish tightening them.

  37. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the tension brackets: step 37, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the tension brackets.

  38. MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 38, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 38, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" 2022 (M2) Heatsink Replacement, Remove the logic board: step 38, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the logic board straight off the heatsink.

    • Before reassembling, follow this guide to apply new thermal paste to the heatsink and CPU.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

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

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting or search our Answers community for help.

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