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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the right speaker.

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

    • Two 2.3 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

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

    If don’t have one of those neat project mats, then you can use small pieces of flattened blu-tack to hold the screws. If you arrange them in the shape of your mac book cover, and put the screws down methodically, you can get a one-to-one mapping of the screws to the correct screw holes.

    Toby Thurston - Reply

    Or you can use an ice tray where you put the screws and the parts in separate bays in the same order as they come in the instructions.

    timofej.se -

    The colors of the circles marking the locations of the screws are reversed.

    Homer Hegedus - Reply

    On my model A1425 these were all 1.2mm P5 screws. They all looked the same to me.

    bigfish333 - Reply

    This is great! I used a small magnetic white board, and wrote on it to identify the parts as I went. This whole process, from the fast shipment to the great instructions to the complete, high quality, tool kit has been great. I’m typing this comment on my resurrected laptop. Thank you! Sue

    Susan Greer - Reply

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

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

    • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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

    Please put an arrow on the picture of the bottom to show where the clips are. NOT clear. The black gizmos in the middle??

    Robert - Reply

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

    This plastic cover wasn’t included with the new battery so I placed the original one back in. Was it supposed to go back in? This detail wasn’t clear since the original cover didn’t fit exactly over the newer battery connector. Plus any stickiness of adhesive that may have been there was gone.

    arnolfo santoro - Reply

    Hi, any issues with you computer after a year? I didn’t put mine back in either…

    Kevin Burlinson -

    Kevin, I forgot to place mine back in! How is your laptop doing without it?

    Dominic Radcliffe - Reply

    My “on button” isn't working. I was wondering can I just disconnect the battery like this, and plug it in to turn it on? Which is shown possible on earlier models on YouTube.

    carsrcrap - Reply

    Is it ok if I did put the plastic cover back in?

    Sandy Lyon - Reply

    yes, it is okay

    Deniel Alekseev -

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

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T6 Torx shouldered screw

    Top screw in this image was not a T6. I found that a T5 bit fit this one.

    Alex Grayson - Reply

    I can not put back top screw holding the plastic part. Help please

    Tatiana Garcia - Reply

    The colors of the circles marking the locations of the screws in the photo are reversed.

    Homer Hegedus - Reply

    stop abusing

    Deniel Alekseev -

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

    Is adhered to screw beneath, so lift firmly and slowly.

    Andrew - Reply

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

    I lost this screw! How important is it? Will it be okay with just the 3 previously removed screws?

    Gerardo Jimenez - Reply

    Check your speakers for the screws. The magnet for the speakers is strong enough to stick to them.

    Jeff M - Reply

  7. 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.
    • 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.

  8. Grasp the Interposer with tweezers. An interposer is the name for an interface that links one electrical connection to another. In this repair, it is the board connecting the battery to logic board.
    • Grasp the Interposer with tweezers.

    • An interposer is the name for an interface that links one electrical connection to another. In this repair, it is the board connecting the battery to logic board.

    • Lift the Interposer 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.

    WHy to remove battery contact board? Replace can happen without it also, right.

    Behram Beldagli - Reply

    You don’t want to work on a live system as you could damage parts

    Dan -

    How can I remove interposer I m not able to remove it

    Raunak - Reply

    you must lift it absolutely vertically, or it fouls against the locator pin in the corner- you can easily get the impression that it won’t come over the end of this pin- almost like it’s rivetted in. it isn’t. get a good grip on it with the tweezers in the centre hole & one of the sides, & lift it STRAIGHT up.

    duncan rmi -

    What happens if the Battery Contact Board fails?

    racoon2956 - Reply

    Be extra careful when tightening down on the interposer. When I powered on upon completion, the battery was not connected. When I opened it back up, I saw that one of the little metal nubs holding the interposer in place had snapped off (the one on the side, not the corner). I was able to carefully tighten the wide head screw back in, watching the alignment, and the battery was successfully recognized. Hopefully the connection holds up.

    Doug Krieger - Reply

    So something similar happened to me. One the the metal alignment nubs snapped off, and when I went to screw down the interposer it started emitting a burning smell. Do you guys think I fried the board? There doesn’t look to be any visual damage but the computer wont turn on.

    Geremy C -

    Where can I buy a replacement interposer? I may have lost mine in the process of replacing the battery.

    juan.su - Reply

    земля пухом братан, ты приехал

    Deniel Alekseev -

    I bought an interposer on amazon

    Kris K - Reply

    I think I snapped off the nub as well, and the battery is not recognized . Replacing the interposer did not help, or trying to align it right. will have to try to replace the battery next.

    Kris K - Reply

    I really dont understand why to unplug so many parts if the SSD can be easily removed without all this effort. its not even connected to the battery..

    Gabriel Beolchi - Reply

    I was reassembling and put the interposer back and when the battery contact board touched the interposer, there was a little spark. Should I be worried?

    Sandy Lyon - Reply

    I skipped this step but still OK.

    Takashi Nakano - Reply

    Warning to all: I snapped off the alignment nub as well, as I removed the interposer, and now it won’t start with a brand new battery. Any solutions to a “snapped nub” issue?

    JP Theberge - Reply

  9. 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.
    • 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.

    I keep my fingernails fairly long, very handy for many computer repair jobs. This gives me 10 spudgers over which I have very fine muscular control. It is far easier to pop some of these tiny delicate MacBook parts loose with my nails.

    Ben Myers - Reply

  10. 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.
    • 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.

    This step is NOT really necessary. The trackpad can be removed with this cable still in place.

    Robert - Reply

    I totally agree with you.

    Takashi Nakano -

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

    This step might not be necessary if you don´t remove the right speaker cable (You can change the battery without doing so)

    Juan Cabrera - Reply

    @Juan Cabrera yes but you need to remove both speakers to be able to remove the three battery retaining screws on each side don’t you ? The IO flex sits right up at the edge of the battery so best to remove it and the speakers have to come out I would have thought ? I am just halfway through removing my battery now though so :)

    Peter Newman - Reply

  12. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the SSD cable connector up from its socket on the logic board. Move the SSD cable connector out of the way. Move the SSD cable connector out of the way.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the SSD cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • Move the SSD cable connector out of the way.

    Because it is attached to the battery with a tiny bit of tape near where the spudger is in the picture, this cable should probably be loosened. But it is NOT necessary to remove the speaker entirely.

    Robert - Reply

  13. Wedge the pointed end of a spudger beneath the right speaker cable connector. Gently pry the right speaker cable connector up off from its socket on the logic board.
    • Wedge the pointed end of a spudger beneath the right speaker cable connector.

    • Gently pry the right speaker cable connector up off from its socket on the logic board.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the connector, not the socket itself.

    When reassembling be careful that the right speaker wire is flush against the battery. At first, it was slightly touching the airport/bluetooth board causing wifi and bluetooth to not work after restarting.

    Stu - Reply

    It just has happened to me. How have you been able to solve it?

    Thanks

    Jose L Vercher Conejero -

    NOT truly necessary to remove either speaker.

    Robert - Reply

    I agree with you.

    Takashi Nakano -

    Looks like the pointy end of the spudger tool is used in the picture. That's what I used.

    bill wiley - Reply

  14. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the following screws securing the right speaker to the upper case: One black 6.8 mm screw
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the following screws securing the right speaker to the upper case:

    • One black 6.8 mm screw

    • One silver 6.3 mm screw

    • One black 4.9 mm screw

    • The silver screw (in the corner) may be covered with a foam pad. If so, use your tweezers to peel it up and remove it.

    There are two 6.8mm screws, both fit to the side of the Macbook.

    Bhoom Suktitipat - Reply

    Confirming, 2x T5 6.8mm, one with metal sponge stuff on top. And one T5 6.3mm on the bottom right.

    Joris Sewandono - Reply

    Silver screw is 6.8mm. The 6.3mm screw is the other blank one, closest to the trackpad/SSD.

    David - Reply

    it is a sticker, move it out like a sticker

    Deniel Alekseev - Reply

    My machine has the silver screw where the red circle/6.8mm is in this diagram. I switched them to match this picture.

    Robert - Reply

    My machine looks to have never been opened before. It is as the speaker retaining screws lengths / colours are here, with silver 6.3 mm screw located in the orange position in the corner under the self adhesive mesh sticker.

    Peter Newman - Reply

    If you manage to misplace any screws, particularly one of the speaker retaining screws, look under the speakers - they are magnetic and great at hiding missing screws :)

    Peter Newman - Reply

  15. Lift and remove the right speaker out of the upper case. If necessary, de-route the right speaker cable from its channel in the upper case.
    • Lift and remove the right speaker out of the upper case.

    • If necessary, de-route the right speaker cable from its channel in the upper case.

    NOT necessary to remove this speaker.

    Robert - Reply

    Yes it is…the speakers cover up the three screws on each side that hold in the battery.

    Redwolf - Reply

    For those who don’t realize it, the speakers you are removing really are the plastic corner pieces that look like they’re just there to fill the space.

    S Cockerille - Reply

Conclusion

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

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8 Comments

Thanks for the steps, it worked. But now I am getting Wi-Fi- No hardware installed and Bluetooth Not available error

Divakar Jayaraman - Reply

it worked but the cam is not working now :(

Divakar Jayaraman - Reply

I was able to fix the right speaker using the solvent used to remove the battery provided by iFixit.

Peter-Paul van Beekum - Reply

What do you mean you fixed the speaker? I have my speakers producing distorted sound on my macbook pro late 2012. Did you mean you fixed the sound problem? Please advice.

azn -

Thank you very much for the walkthrough. No problems to follow at all. Everything worked as a charm.

timofej.se - Reply

Thanks very much for the walkthrough. No problems at all. Everything working fine afterwards.

Vaughan Butler - Reply

No need for T7 screwdriver here. However, you will need the P5.

Christophe - Reply

Thank you for the guide. However, after reassembling the speakers, WI-FI and Bluetooth does not work.

Any ideas on how to repair it???

Thank you

Jose L Vercher Conejero - Reply

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