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Introduction

Replacing a defective fan is pretty easy and will keep your laptop running cool.

  1. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Use your fingers to push both battery release tabs away from the battery, and lift the battery out of the computer.

  2. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement, Memory Door: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three identical Phillips screws from the memory door.

    • Make sure to record which sets of screws came from where. This will help when re-assembling.

  3. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the memory door up enough to get a grip on it, and slide it toward you, pulling it away from the casing.

  4. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement, Upper Case: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two Phillips screws in the battery compartment near the latch.

  5. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following 6 screws:

    • Two 10 mm T6 Torx screws on either side of the RAM slot.

    • Four 14.5 mm Phillips screws along the hinge.

  6. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the four Phillips screws on the port side of the computer.

  7. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Rotate the computer 90 degrees and remove the two Phillips screws from the rear of the computer.

  8. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Rotate the computer 90 degrees again and remove the four Phillips screws from the side of the computer.

  9. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Do not yank the upper case off quickly. The case is attached to the logic board via a ribbon cable.

    • Lift up at the rear of the case and work your fingers along the sides, freeing the case as you go. Once you have freed the sides, you may need to rock the case up and down to free the front of the upper case. This stage can be quite tricky. Over the DVD reader are 4 tabs set back which pull out vertically.

    • Note that the two small tongues on the left hand front of the upper case may bend while you remove the upper case. When re-installing, you may need to bend them back to fit in the grooves in the lower case.

  10. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the trackpad and keyboard ribbon cable from the logic board, removing tape as necessary.

    • Remove the upper case.

  11. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement, Right Fan: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the right fan cable from the logic board.

  12. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Peel up the orange Kapton tape securing the right speaker cables above the right fan.

  13. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three silver T6 Torx screws securing the right fan to the logic board and lower case.

  14. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Right Fan Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Hold up the gray and black speaker cable with one hand. Use your other hand to lift the right fan up and carefully peel up the tape securing the fan to the heat sink as you go.

Conclusion

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

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THANK YOU ifixit.

I have never felt more satisfied from doing a repair in my life!! I have been living with a gentle whirring from my right fan for a few years! This morning it escalated to a very loud grinding (it was so loud it drowned out the radio that was on). I rang a few repair centres and it would have tkaen 2-3 working days and 100-150 euro to replace a fan (estimates).

Between this guide showing me how to open the laptop and remove the fan and another guide which recommended opening the fan and giving the metal pin inside a little clean and lubrication my laptop is now SILENT. I mean really silent. I can't stop smiling. Best ever. And I am by no means a techie.

Fiona Brophy - Reply

What kind of tape is used in step 14? I'm putting in a new fan and would like use a new piece of tape.

jordanparrott - Reply

Sounds Like A Cat In A Bench Vise! The little fans that make such loud horrible noise when they let go! Thanks for a great Guide for replacing this bit of failed engineering. Easy to follow and I didn’t loose any screws!

mkeehnel - Reply

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