MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Early 2013 Right Fan Replacement

Replace the Right Fan in your MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Early 2013.

Use this guide to replace the right fan.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm Pentalobe screws

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

  • Gently pull the lower case case away from the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips.

  • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T7 Torx shouldered screw

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board.

  • It is recommended to bend the battery cables just slightly, to keep the board suspended up above the logic board and out of the way.

  • Do not fold the board completely over, or crease the cables, as this may damage the battery.

Edit Step 9 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 9 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

  • Grasp the battery contact board with tweezers.

  • Lift the battery contact board up off the logic board and remove it.

  • Removing this board will ensure that the battery remains disconnected throughout your repair, preventing your computer from accidentally powering on. It's also a good idea to take it out so it doesn't fall out unexpectedly.

Edit Step 10 Heat Sink Assembly  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 10 Heat Sink Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board assembly:

    • One 2.4 mm Phillips #00 screw

    • One 3.4 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Four 2.7 mm T5 Torx screws

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the heat sink up off the logic board assembly.

  • 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.

Edit Step 12 I/O Board Data Cable  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 12 I/O Board Data Cable  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right side of the I/O board data cable connector up off its socket on the I/O board.

  • When prying the I/O board data cable connector from its socket, make sure to pry the connector itself and not the socket. Prying the socket may cause irreversible damage to the I/O board.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the left side of the I/O board data cable connector.

  • Gently twist the spudger to disconnect the I/O board data cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the I/O board data cable from the MacBook Pro.

Edit Step 15 Right Fan  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 15 Right Fan  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the right fan ribbon cable ZIF socket.

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

  • Pull the right fan ribbon cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Remove the three 3.1 mm T5 Torx screws securing the right fan to the logic board assembly.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

Image #1

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the right fan out of the upper case.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Early 2013 device page.

Required Tools

Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Phillips #00 Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

T6 Torx Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

T6 Torx Screwdriver

$9.95 · 50+ In stock

Recommended Tools

54 Bit Driver Kit

$24.95 · 50+ In stock

Pro Magnetic Project Mat

$19.95 · 50+ In stock

Pro Tech Screwdriver Set

$59.95 · 50+ In stock

Anti-Static Project Tray

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Comments Comments are onturn off

No comments.

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 1

Past 7 Days: 8

Past 30 Days: 40

All Time: 858