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Things heating up inside your MacBook Pro with Retina Display? Could be trouble with the heat sink. Use this guide to remove the heat sink in the Mid 2015 MacBook Pro 15" with Retina display.

Don't forget to clean and re-apply thermal paste if you remove the heat sink. Follow this guide to learn how.

Remove the following pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:
  • Remove the following pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro:

    • Eight 3.1 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

The number of screws listed here is wrong on my model. I had four of the smaller size.

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Just to add to my comment above (I can't edit it because it's anonymous), my MacBook Pro is a mid-2015 15in model 2.8GHz (A1398; EMC2881). For the bottom case it uses six 3.1mm screws, and four 2.3mm screws at the clutch/hinge side of the MacBook Pro. I tried using a 3.1mm screw at the clutch/hinge end, as described in the main article, and they don't fit. It has to be four 2.3mm screws.

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Removing the screw will void warranty?

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Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro. Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.
  • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

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The lower case has two plastic pegs (red) that fit into plastic clips in the upper case (orange). During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips. During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips.
  • The lower case has two plastic pegs (red) that fit into plastic clips in the upper case (orange).

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

pretty hard to put it back, so I just remove the clips on the upper case....

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Peel back the sticker covering the battery connector.
  • Peel back the sticker covering the battery connector.

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Gently lift each side of the battery connector to pry the connector out of its socket on the logic board. Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board. Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.
  • Gently lift each side of the battery connector to pry the connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.

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Peel the rubber cover up off the right fan and fold it out of the way. Peel the rubber cover up off the right fan and fold it out of the way.
  • Peel the rubber cover up off the right fan and fold it out of the way.

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Peel the rubber cover up off the left fan and fold it out of the way. Peel the rubber cover up off the left fan and fold it out of the way.
  • Peel the rubber cover up off the left fan and fold it out of the way.

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Remove the small rubber cap from the screw at the end of the heat sink. Remove the small rubber cap from the screw at the end of the heat sink.
  • Remove the small rubber cap from the screw at the end of the heat sink.

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Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board:
  • Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board:

    • One 3.8 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Two 3.4 mm T5 Torx screws

      • When you remove these screws, springy metal brackets securing the heat sink will be released. Take care not to lose these screws when the brackets spring free.

    • One 5.6 mm T5 Torx screw

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Flip the two spring clamps out of the way of the heat sink. Remove the heat sink from the MacBook Pro.
  • Flip the two spring clamps out of the way of the heat sink.

  • Remove the heat sink from the MacBook Pro.

  • On reassembly, be sure to clean the CPU and heat sink and reapply thermal compound to the CPU. Follow this guide to learn how.

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Conclusion

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

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