Introduction

Use this guide to help you replace a damaged, broken, or faulty right fan.

Note that the right fan is on the right of the machine while you're using it, and on the left while you're working on it.

Image 1/1: Eight 3.1 mm
  • 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.

anonymous 1286 - Reply

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

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Image 1/3: During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips. Image 2/3: During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the case to its two plastic clips. Image 3/3: 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.

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Image 1/3: Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board. Image 2/3: Bend the connector back toward the battery, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/3: Be careful to pry against the connector, and not the cable or socket. Image 2/3: Be careful to pry against the connector, and not the cable or socket. Image 3/3: Be careful to pry against the connector, and not the cable or socket.
  • Disconnect the three AirPort antenna cable connectors from their sockets on the AirPort board and bend them up and out of the way.

  • Be careful to pry against the connector, and not the cable or socket.

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

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Image 1/2: Be sure to push parallel to the board, pushing first on one side, then the other to "walk" the connector out of its socket. Image 2/2: Be sure to push parallel to the board, pushing first on one side, then the other to "walk" the connector out of its socket.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the camera cable connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Be sure to push parallel to the board, pushing first on one side, then the other to "walk" the connector out of its socket.

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Image 1/3: The cables are adhered to the fan, so peel them up carefully to avoid damaging them. Image 2/3: Carefully de-route the cables from the plastic cable guide. Image 3/3: On reassembly, there should be enough adhesive still on these cables to stick them back down to the fan.
  • Use your fingers to pull the AirPort/Camera cables up off the fan.

    • The cables are adhered to the fan, so peel them up carefully to avoid damaging them.

  • Carefully de-route the cables from the plastic cable guide.

  • On reassembly, there should be enough adhesive still on these cables to stick them back down to the fan.

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  • Remove the four 2.2 mm T5 Torx screws securing the I/O board cable connector covers.

why is this needed for upper assembly replacement?

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Image 1/2: Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left end of the I/O board cable up from its socket on the logic board. Image 2/2: Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left end of the I/O board cable up from its socket on the logic board.
  • Remove the left connector cover.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left end of the I/O board cable up from its socket on the logic board.

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Image 1/2: Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right end of the I/O board cable up from its socket on the logic board. Image 2/2: Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right end of the I/O board cable up from its socket on the logic board.
  • Remove the right connector cover.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right end of the I/O board cable up from its socket on the logic board.

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Image 1/1: Remove the cable.
  • Peel the top I/O board cable up from the adhesive securing it to the fan.

  • Remove the cable.

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Image 1/1: One 5.0 mm T5 Torx screw with a 2.0 mm long shoulder
  • Remove the following three screws securing the right fan to the logic board:

    • One 5.0 mm T5 Torx screw with a 2.0 mm long shoulder

    • One 4.0 mm T5 Torx screw with a wide head

    • One 4.4 mm T5 Torx screw

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Image 1/2: Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself. Image 2/2: Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the right fan ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

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Image 1/2: The fan cable may be adhered to the logic board—to avoid tearing the cable, gently peel it up while lifting the fan. Image 2/2: Remove the fan.
  • Lift the fan and push it gently towards the back edge of the MacBook to free the fan cable from its socket.

    • The fan cable may be adhered to the logic board—to avoid tearing the cable, gently peel it up while lifting the fan.

  • Remove the fan.

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Conclusion

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

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