MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009 Trackpad Replacement

Replace a broken trackpad on your MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009.

Use this guide to replace a broken trackpad.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following 10 screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Slightly lift the lower case and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.

Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • Remove the following tri-wing screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • One 5.5 mm tri-wing screw.

    • One 13.5 mm tri-wing screw.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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  • Lift the battery out of the upper case.

Edit Step 6 Trackpad  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6 Trackpad  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully pry the trackpad connector up from its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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  • Open your MacBook Pro and set it on a table as shown.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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  • While holding the edge of the trackpad closest to the logic board with one hand, remove the four 1.2 mm Phillips screws highlighted in red.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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  • If necessary, carefully dislodge the edge of the trackpad closest to the keyboard from its recess in the upper case by pushing it away from the brackets attached to the upper case.

  • Carefully push the trackpad connector and cable down through the slot cut into the upper case.

  • It may be necessary to use a spudger to help get the trackpad connector past the edge of the logic board.

  • Once the cable has been completely pulled through its slot in the upper case, pull the trackpad away from the outer edge of the upper case and remove it from the machine.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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  • When installing your new trackpad, routing the cable through the upper case and past the logic board may be difficult. It is helpful to use the tip of a spudger to guide the connector past the logic board while pushing the cable through its slot in the upper case with your other hand.

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  • Next, reinstall the four 1.2 mm Phillips screws along the inner edge of the trackpad.

  • Tighten the screws all the way, then back them out about 1/4 turn.

  • Check the alignment of the trackpad on the keyboard side of the upper case. Once you have centered the trackpad in the upper case, tighten the four Phillips screws all the way.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009 device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Phillips #00 Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

Y1 Tri-wing Screwdriver

$7.95 · 50+ In stock

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Comments Comments are onturn off

I replaced the trackpad and the new one had a strange behave: the arrow moves, the multi-touch works, but was not possible to click and when the arrow passes on the dock it doesn't react at all, then I plugged in an external mouse and the behave was the same (in few words it was impossible to use the computer).

Now I putted back the old trackpad and I work with the external mouse.

Did someone experienced something similar?

Did you solve in some way?

Thank you in advance.

Fortunato, · Reply

Hello,

I also had a similar problem. I was told to try to reset the SMC in this way:

1. Attach the MagSafe power cord

2. Power off the MacBook Pro

3. Press the L-Shift/Control/Option and Power button at the same time and hold.

4. Release them all at the same time

5. Then power on the MacBook Pro

but didn't work for me. Any other suggestion?

donato spoltore, · Reply

Anyone have trouble with the trackpad acting wonky after installation? Clicking well, but the right 1/3 side does not track properly. Cursor will start to go all over the place or stop. Also installed an Anker replacement battery as well, took off the foot pads as recommended. Just trying to figure out if it's software or hardware. (i.e. did I get a faulty replacement trackpad.).

Thanks!

skiwildcat7, · Reply

Thanks for this very precise step-by-step guide! Good old MBP works fine again.

Cost: Track pad from China € 26, ifixit screwdriver set € 25 - compared to the Apple shop's cost estimate a real big deal!

Wolfgang Ehle, · Reply

Thank you IfixIt . It was a breeze to fix my trackpad. Took me all of 15 min. No adjustments needed in my case. I did go with the 000 driver instead of the 00 because of comment left here and it worked flawlessly . My next project is my screen on a iPad 4th gen. Thanx again and wish me luck .

cuban4lf, · Reply

I've replaced the trackpad and it's working fine, except that the fan is always at maximum speed and never stop or slow down as soon as the macbook starts, so it's kindy noisy. I tried to reinstall the old trackpad (which doesn't click anymore), and fan went back to normal.

So, even if i don't know how the two are related, the new trackpad makes the fan go crazy. I've tried all kind of reset, smc etc... but no luck. Any idea?

Arnaud, · Reply

1st off shipping... WAS SUPER QUICK via FEDEX!!!!

Wow that was super easy!

So glad I purchased the "Essential Electronics Tool kit" Made the repair that much easier!(Right tools for the right job)

I was a little worried as the trackpad it self did not click but after aligning it and then tightening the 4 screws down it was fine!

Also purchased a new Battery and replaced that the same time, such a breeze!

Thanks IFIXIT completely satisfied and will recommend to all my friends!

getednam, · Reply

It looks like you need a Phillips #000 screwdriver for the 10 bottom screws. I tried the #00 and it's too big. Good thing I bought a 23 piece precision screwdriver set or else I would have been screwed.

scott523, · Reply

The 10 screws that hold tha bottom case take a #00 Phillips driver, if yours doesnt fit it's probably because it's cheaply made & not precise enough. The only thing that I needed a #000 driver for was the keyboard screws. They're so small they look like specks of dirt or sand. I stripped out 4 of them & now will need to grind the heads off with a Dremel/rotary tool. The other thing that sucks is iFixit doesn't have a tutorial for keyboard replacement!

iphonetechtips,

Perfect man!Many thanks!:)

wertaerte, · Reply

Compare the short screws carefully before reinstalling them. The shouldered screws go in the holes on the front edge.

twisk, · Reply

thanks twisk, I wish i would have read your tip before I finished putting the bottom of my laptop back together. I managed to get all screws in somehow, but one was in fact too-tight.

BTW, big big thanks to the Author: Andrew Bookholt. Just used this guide and my trackpad now works again.

xitxit2,

i too need a #000 for the bottom of the case -- i got the recommended screwdriver (#00) and unfortunately it's too big

plins718, · Reply

Before I started removing any screws I took a piece of paper and drew the bottom of the laptop and put a piece of double-sided tape in the spot where each screw goes. That way when I took out the screws, I could put them on the tape so I knew exactly which screw went in which spot. I did the same thing for dismantling the inside on another sheet of paper, then a third sheet for the screen after getting the front glass off.

mastover, · Reply

I use a similar technique: I print out the iFixit manual for the job, and Scotch-tape down the screws/brackets/cables I remove at each step next to the component descriptions. That way, when I'm reassembling, the bits are taped right next to the photo of where they came from.

adlerpe,

The colours you used for these circles are indistinguishable for colour-blind people. Please consider using something like the palette suggested by visibone: http://www.visibone.com/colorblind/

Eric Sorenson, · Reply

Squares, Circles, Triangles (you get the idea) would work as well to distinguish the different screws.

danzeitlin,

I'd use a Phillips #000 screwdriver also. The #00 can work, but if the screws are in really tight, it doesn't get far enough down into the screws to get purchase, so it will start to strip (and I agree that the screws are pretty soft). On mine, the screws for the fan were really tight, started to strip with #00, needed a #000 and quite a bit of pressure to get them to move.

jonathanmorgan, · Reply

I thought it took a 000 as well. However, I tried both and realized the 00 works best.

john, · Reply

Hi i was wondering if you can add 16gb to this model? or is 8 the maximum?

Igor, · Reply

The Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 13" does support 16 GB RAM, but it is very picky about the type of RAM. OWC sells a 16 GB kit (2x 8 GB). I think it's got to be 1066 (aka 1067) MHz RAM. A lot of 8 GB modules on the market now are faster than 1066 MHz, and reports I've read say people start getting kernel panics if they use the wrong RAM.

Some info here:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ma...

"1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM"

"*Originally, both the official and actual maximum RAM was 8 GB. However, as confirmed by site sponsor OWC, if running OS X 10.7.5 or higher, updated with the latest EFI, and equipped with proper specification memory modules, this model can support up to 16 GB of RAM."

Our Mid 2010 already had "the latest EFI" (i.e. Boot ROM version in System Profiler), so the reference to updating it may not be relevant.

Winston,

I used a 00 that fit but the screws were very tight so I used a tiny paintbrush with some wd40 on it and put it around the edges of the screws. Worked like a charm

valentinedhdh, · Reply

Where can I buy 5.5 mm tri-wing screw and 13.5 mm tri-wing screw ?

gansodesoya, · Reply

I have the same question? Where can you buy new screws. Apple put in these rediculous tri-screws.... The short one went in crooked and jammed. I couldn't get the long one back in at all, not sure why, but it's not catching a single thread.

My 2nd question is, what the alternative if you can't get the screws back in (e.g. some kind of tape). With only one screw only half way in and jammed, the battery doesn't seem to be moving around, so I think I'm ok, at least for now.

Mike Mullally,

similar issue here, I'd like to buy these bolts new. and it would be even better to buy new ones but with a philips head, not a triwing head. please let us know. thanks.

Manuel Torres,

Still no answers on this?

jasperr4, · Reply

You can get the tri-wings from ifixit directly - http://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Tri-wi...

or get the whole kit (like I did - it's excellent) - http://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Pro-Te...

Damian Haslam, · Reply

i have a triwing y1 and it doesn't work with my battery it seems to be too big, the triwings sold on ifixit are the same when it is written y1 ?

Grazia Fiore,

Just dropping saw someone with same name. :)

mdtorresjr, · Reply

Did everything correctly, but now the battery doesn't charge. Do I have to do something in particular to make it work now that's installed? Thanks

Olivier, · Reply

Everything was so easy but that is not the highlight of it all; the replacement parts are cheaper than buying it from a local store here in Taiwan or in The Philippines.

mdtorresjr, · Reply

Olivier, to answer your question, please read the 1st comment in the Guide section at the top. :)

aspeegle, · Reply

I have the same problem as Oliver. Replaced the battery, it Works, but don't charge. I don't see any comment on this page that answer his question.

torbernhardsen,

I too encountered the same problem. After resetting the SMC (http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295), it resolved the problem.

2CentsNoneTheRicher, · Reply

I ordered some tools from iFixit for replacement of the trackpad but the Phillips #00 Screwdriver named above is still too big for the (tiny) screws of the trackpad. Shouldn't that be a Philips #000?

sleutelman, · Reply

I have a macbook pro 15 inch unibody from 2010-2011, do you think it would work to use that trackpad as an replacement for my 13 inch 2012-2013

Filip, · Reply

A word of caution if you are replacing your trackpad due to a bulging battery. This guide assumes that the original mounting tabs are not damaged and it does not look like the iFixit trackpad replacement kit comes with new tabs. My MBP had a bulging battery, which pushed up on the bottom of my trackpad, deforming one of these tabs. Now that I have removed the battery, the trackpad still works, but it is not flush with the case and the physical clicks are not as responsive as I would like. Does iFixit sell just the replacement tabs?

Matt Marchese, · Reply

Be careful with this step. The very tiny screws are very hard to remove with a #00 screwdriver. I tried with mine and I mashed the srews heads, it was then very very hard to remove it. Better to use a #000 screwdriver. If the heads are mashed like me, I suggest you use a 0.1 flat screwdriver, it worked well in my case.

Jonathan, · Reply

trackpad still doesn't click. I've tried two separate parts.. but what makes it pop back up after depressing the pad? It just lays there. I've taken it apart four times to adjust the tork screw... nothing. HELP!

Gail, · Reply

My trackpad was driving me up the wall, bouncing all over the place. Ifixit Trackpad comes with extra screws, hinge and adjuster. You won't believe how tiny these screws are! If one falls in the carpet-it's GONE! Bless you Ifixit! To center when re-installing adjust by sliding a thin piece of paper (scotch tape?), under bottom of trackpad, let Trackpad rest on it's own weight and then tighten one top and bottom screw a little bit, and eyeball it, just the tiniest crack of daylight on each side. I strongly suggest the highest quality magnetic screwdriver you can find. The little torx screw disc is an adjuster. If too tight, trackpad won't 'click.' On a Mac, click is not really essential as long as tap and slide are working right. Needs a small amount of clearance. When properly installed you can 'feel' the click if it's right. Probably won't need to mess with it at all. Now my trackpad works like it should, I am a happy camper!

ovenwally, · Reply

I replaced the trackpad with a new one: the arrow moves but was not possible to click. I putted back the old trackpad and it works with. The solution: the eleventh picture shown a gray Torx type screw to the left of the connector where there is the recess in the back of the mouse. This screw is used to increase or decrease the depth of clicks. in my case it was too screwed and it was as if I held continually pressed the truckpad: therefore, it was enough to loosen it. At this point I ask myself since in the old truckpad I had problems with the physical click, I probably would have been enough to adjust the screw.

caronte88, · Reply

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