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MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement

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  1. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Disable Auto Boot: step 1, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Disable Auto Boot: step 1, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Disable Auto Boot: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Before starting this procedure, you must disable your Mac's Auto Boot feature. Auto Boot powers on your Mac when you open the lid, and may be accidentally triggered during disassembly. Use this guide or follow the abbreviated instructions below to disable Auto Boot. This command may not work on all Macs.

    • Power on your Mac and launch Terminal.

    • Copy and paste the following command (or type it exactly) into Terminal:

    • 'sudo nvram AutoBoot=%00

    • Press [return]. If prompted, enter your administrator password and press [return] again. Note: Your return key may also be labeled ⏎ or "enter."

    • You can now safely power down your Mac and open the bottom case, without it accidentally powering on.

    • When your repair is complete and your Mac is successfully reassembled, re-enable Auto Boot with the following command (typed into Terminal, as shown above):

    • sudo nvram AutoBoot=%03

  2. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Remove the pentalobe screws: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Before proceeding, unplug and power down your MacBook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.

    • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove the six screws securing the lower case:

    • Two 6.2 mm screws

    • Four 3.4 mm 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.

  3. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Open a gap using a suction cup: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Open a gap using a suction cup: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Apply a suction handle to the lower case near the front-center area of the MacBook Pro.

    • Lift the suction handle to create a slight gap between the lower case and the chassis.

  4. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Separate the clips: step 4, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Separate the clips: step 4, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Separate the clips: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Insert one corner of an opening pick into the space between the lower case and the chassis.

    • Slide the opening pick around the nearest corner and halfway up the side of the case.

    • This releases the first of the hidden clips securing the lower case to the chassis. You should feel and hear the clip pop free.

  5. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Repeat the previous step on the opposite side, sliding your opening pick under the lower case and up the side to pop the second clip free.

  6. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Insert your opening pick once again under the front edge of the lower case, near one of the two centermost screw holes.

    • Give the pick a firm twist to pop free the third clip securing the lower case to the chassis.

    • Repeat this procedure near the other of the two centermost screw holes, popping the fourth clip free.

  7. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the lower case firmly towards the front of the MacBook (away from the hinge area) to separate the last of the clips securing the lower case.

    • Pull first at one corner, then the other.

    • Pull to the side—not up.

    • This can require a lot of force.

  8. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Remove the lower case: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the lower case.

  9. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Uncover the battery connector: step 9, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Uncover the battery connector: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully peel up the large piece of tape covering the battery connector, on the edge of the logic board nearest the battery.

    • Remove the tape.

  10. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Gently peel back the small piece of tape covering the battery board data cable connector.

    • The tape is integrated into the ribbon cable and will not detach completely. Simply peel it back enough to access the connector.

  11. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the battery board data cable by sliding it out from its socket.

    • Slide parallel to the logic board, in the direction of the cable.

  12. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Fold the battery board data cable to the side and out of the way.

  13. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 3.7 mm pancake screw securing the battery power connector.

  14. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 14, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to gently lift the battery power connector, disconnecting the battery.

    • Lift the connector high enough so that it stays separated from its socket. If it accidentally makes contact during the course of your repair, it could damage your MacBook Pro.

  15. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Remove the trackpad connector screws: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.8 mm screws securing the trackpad cable connector bracket.

  16. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the trackpad cable connector bracket with a pair of tweezers.

  17. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable by gently prying its connector straight up from the logic board.

  18. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Disconnect keyboard connector: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two screws.

    • Two T3 Torx Screws.

  19. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Unplug Left speaker cables: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully peel back the black tape to reveal the ZIF connector.

    • Unlatch the ZIF connector by flicking the arm on the connector upwards and carefully remove the cable from the connector by sliding it out.

    • Repeat this process with the newly revealed connector.

    • The two screws that are outlined in yellow are not relevant to this step and are marked on the board itself. For this step, yellow corresponds to the yellow rectangle in the image.

  20. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Unplug left Thunderbolt ports: step 20, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Unplug left Thunderbolt ports: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two screws.

    • Once the screw have been removed carefully remove the metal shield.

    • Under the metal shield there is a connector, carefully unplug it.

  21. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Unplug Touch ID and Auxiliary port: step 21, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Unplug Touch ID and Auxiliary port: step 21, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Unplug Touch ID and Auxiliary port: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T4 Torx driver to remove the two screws.

    • Two T4 Torx screws.

    • Carefully remove the metal shield.

    • Under the metal shield you will find two connectors, carefully unclip them.

    • The second cable you will disconnect will be lightly adhered so carefully slide a plastic spudger under it and finally unplug it.

    • The adhered cable is very thin and delicate so don't rush it and take your time.

  22. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Disconnecting the display connector: step 22, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Disconnecting the display connector: step 22, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Disconnecting the display connector: step 22, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the four screws.

    • 4 T3 Torx screws.

    • Once the screws are removed carefully remove the metal shields.

    • Carefully unclip the connector.

  23. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Disconnect wifi and Bluetooth antennas: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the cables carefully with a plastic pry tool.

    • Be gentle, if too much force is applied it can take the board connector up with it.

  24. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Touch Bar cable 1: step 24, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Touch Bar cable 1: step 24, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Touch Bar cable 1: step 24, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two screws.

    • Remove the metal shield carefully.

    • Carefully unplug the connector.

  25. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Right speaker cable: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully peel back the black tape to reveal the ZIF connector.

    • Unlatch the ZIF connector by flicking the arm on the connector upwards and carefully remove the cable from the connector by sliding it out.

    • Repeat this process with the newly revealed connector.

  26. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, ZIF connector: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully peel back the black tape to reveal the ZIF connector.

    • Unlatch the ZIF connector by flicking the arm on the connector upwards and carefully remove the cable from the connector by sliding it out.

  27. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Unplug Right Thunderbolt ports: step 27, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Unplug Right Thunderbolt ports: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two screws.

    • Once the screw have been removed carefully remove the metal shield.

    • Under the metal shield there is a connector, carefully unplug it.

  28. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Touch bar bracket / Flex: step 28, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Touch bar bracket / Flex: step 28, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Touch bar bracket / Flex: step 28, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T4 Torx driver to remove the screw.

    • T4 Torx screw.

    • Remove the metal shield carefully.

    • Carefully unplug the connector.

    • The two screws that are outlined in yellow are not relevant to this step and are marked on the board itself. For this step, yellow corresponds to the yellow rectangle in the image.

  29. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Audio socket / Touch ID bracket: step 29, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Audio socket / Touch ID bracket: step 29, image 2 of 2
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.4mm screws securing the bracket.

    • Remove the bracket.

  30. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 30, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 30, image 3 of 3
    • gently disconnect the audio socket flex cable with a spudger.

    • gently disconnect the Touch ID flex cable with a spudger.

  31. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Display cable: step 31, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Display cable: step 31, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement, Display cable: step 31, image 3 of 3
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 2.4mm screws securing the display cable bracket.

    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.2mm screws securing the display cable bracket.

    • Remove the bracket.

    • gently disconnect the flex cable with a spudger.

  32. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the six 2.2mm screws securing the logic board.

    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the three 1.9mm screws securing the logic board.

    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the two 2.3mm (3.7mm head) screws securing the heatsink.

  33. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 33, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully lift up the logic board, make sure none of the connectors are connected, also make sure they aren't caught on the logic board.

  34. MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Logic board Replacement: step 34, image 1 of 1
    • Congratulations you have now replaced you MacBook's LogicBoard, if you have any questions please ask!

    • Thanks:-)

Conclusion

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

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Hi!

If anyone needs any help just ask me:-)

Thanks:-)

HelloMacOS - Reply

Bonjour, une fois la carte mère remplacer, comment remettre le nouveau numéro de série et bios à jour svp?

thu huc - Reply

Salut, désolé pour mon mauvais français car j'utilise un traducteur pour cela :-) lorsque vous remplacez la carte logique/carte mère, la nouvelle carte aura son propre bios et son numéro de série, si vous voulez mettre à jour votre bios, il vous suffit de mettre à jour macOS

HelloMacOS -

At what point would you say you need thermal paste?

Kailee Kovach - Reply

You need to replace thermal past every 4years or so…or at least that’s what I do to keep the machine running cool:-)

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