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Introduction

Use this guide to replace a noisy or burned-out fan.

  1. Remove the following ten screws:
    • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

    • When replacing the small screws, align them perpendicular to the slight curvature of the case (they don't go straight down).

  2. Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent. Remove the lower case.
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

  3. Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board. It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.
    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

  4. Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.
    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

  5. Use the edge of a spudger to gently pry the fan connector up and out of its socket on the logic board. It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector. The fan socket and the fan connector can be seen in the second and third pictures. Be careful not to break the plastic fan socket off the logic board as you use your spudger to lift the fan connector straight up and out of its socket. The layout of the logic board shown in the second picture may look slightly different than your machine but the fan socket is the same.
    • Use the edge of a spudger to gently pry the fan connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.

    • The fan socket and the fan connector can be seen in the second and third pictures. Be careful not to break the plastic fan socket off the logic board as you use your spudger to lift the fan connector straight up and out of its socket. The layout of the logic board shown in the second picture may look slightly different than your machine but the fan socket is the same.

  6. Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the logic board:
    • Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the logic board:

    • One 7.2 mm T6 Torx screw

    • Two 5.3 mm T6 Torx screws

  7. Lift the fan out of its recess in the logic board, minding its cable that may get caught.
    • Lift the fan out of its recess in the logic board, minding its cable that may get caught.

Conclusion

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

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5 Comments

Does anyone know if there any fans that are better than the default and fit this mac?

Anrothan - Reply

Repair done as presented. The fan connection was a little tricky to get out but apart from that non eventful. New fan working nicely.

Paul Lukabyo - Reply

Please help, the fan cable wire broke while trying to get it out. Will I be able to just replace with new fan or what? Thanks so much!!

Lynn Foyt - Reply

Hi! Thank you for very understandable and good guides!

After successfully changing the fan and battery in my Mac, the screen light changes from time to time, sometimes it is more yellow and sometimes it is more blue. Have I accidentally changed some cable, or what it is that could have happened?

Many thanks,

Maja

Maja - Reply

You described the colors very well, and that leads me to believe that your display preferences in the System Preferences Control Panel may simply have switched to automatic. It changes the hues to what they think are easier on the eyes for day and night. Go to

“Apple Menu”

“System Preferences” (it’s also in the Dock by default)

“Displays”

“Night Shift”

and adjust it the way you like. BTW, if it seems to be happening at times other than Sunrise and Sunset, make sure the Time Zone is set for your local area and proper Daylight Savings (if applicable) or Standard Time.

Good Luck,

Beowulf

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