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Introduction

Prerequisite only—use this guide to remove the logic board and heat sink together on the way to making repairs.

  1. Before starting this procedure, you must disable your Mac's Auto Boot feature. Auto Boot powers on your Mac when you open the lid, and may be accidentally triggered during disassembly. Use this guide or follow the abbreviated instructions below to disable Auto Boot. Power on your Mac and launch Terminal. Copy and paste the following command (or type it exactly) into Terminal:
    • Before starting this procedure, you must disable your Mac's Auto Boot feature. Auto Boot powers on your Mac when you open the lid, and may be accidentally triggered during disassembly. Use this guide or follow the abbreviated instructions below to disable Auto Boot.

    • Power on your Mac and launch Terminal.

    • Copy and paste the following command (or type it exactly) into Terminal:

    • sudo nvram AutoBoot=%00

    • Press [return]. If prompted, enter your administrator password and press [return] again. Note: Your return key may also be labeled ⏎ or "enter."

    • You can now safely power down your Mac and open the bottom case, without it accidentally powering on.

    • When your repair is complete and your Mac is successfully reassembled, re-enable Auto Boot with the following command:

    • sudo nvram AutoBoot=%03

    • Completely power off and unplug your MacBook Pro before you start. Close the display and flip the entire laptop upside-down.

    • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove six screws securing the lower case, of the following lengths:

    • Four 4.7 mm screws

    • Two 6.6 mm screws

    • Note how the screws come out at a slight angle—you must reinstall them the same way.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

  2. Press a suction handle into place near the front edge of the lower case, between the screw holes. Pull up on the suction handle just enough to open a small gap under the lower case.
    • Press a suction handle into place near the front edge of the lower case, between the screw holes.

    • Pull up on the suction handle just enough to open a small gap under the lower case.

  3. Slide the corner of an opening pick into the gap you just created underneath the lower case. Slide the opening pick around the nearest corner and then halfway up the side of the MacBook Pro. This releases the first of the hidden clips securing the lower case. You should feel and hear the clip pop free.
    • Slide the corner of an opening pick into the gap you just created underneath the lower case.

    • Slide the opening pick around the nearest corner and then halfway up the side of the MacBook Pro.

    • This releases the first of the hidden clips securing the lower case. You should feel and hear the clip pop free.

  4. Repeat the previous step on the other side, using an opening pick to to release the second clip. Repeat the previous step on the other side, using an opening pick to to release the second clip. Repeat the previous step on the other side, using an opening pick to to release the second clip.
    • Repeat the previous step on the other side, using an opening pick to to release the second clip.

  5. Lift the front edge of the lower case (the side opposite the display hinge) enough to slide your fingertips underneath and get a good grip on it.
    • Lift the front edge of the lower case (the side opposite the display hinge) enough to slide your fingertips underneath and get a good grip on it.

    • Two additional hidden clips near the middle of the cover should pop free at this point, if they haven't already.

    • Don't lift more than an inch or so, and don't try to remove the lower case yet.

  6. Pull firmly to slide the lower case towards the front edge of the MacBook (away from the hinge area) to separate the last of the clips securing the lower case. Pull first at one corner, then the other. Pull to the side—not up.
    • Pull firmly to slide the lower case towards the front edge of the MacBook (away from the hinge area) to separate the last of the clips securing the lower case.

    • Pull first at one corner, then the other.

    • Pull to the side—not up.

    • This may require a lot of force.

  7. Remove the lower case. To reinstall the lower case: Set it in place and align the sliding clips near the display hinge. Press down and slide the cover toward the hinge. It should stop sliding as the clips engage.
    • Remove the lower case.

    • To reinstall the lower case:

    • Set it in place and align the sliding clips near the display hinge. Press down and slide the cover toward the hinge. It should stop sliding as the clips engage.

    • When the sliding clips are fully engaged and the lower case looks correctly aligned, press down firmly on the lower case to engage the four hidden clips underneath. You should feel and hear them snap into place.

  8. Peel up and remove the insulating sticker covering the battery board, on the edge of the logic board nearest the battery.
    • Peel up and remove the insulating sticker covering the battery board, on the edge of the logic board nearest the battery.

    • If the cover doesn't peel up easily, apply mild heat with an iOpener, hair dryer, or heat gun to soften the adhesive underneath, and try again.

    • If the cover doesn't seat securely during reassembly, try rotating it 180 degrees. It must be oriented correctly in order for the adhesive pads underneath to contact the board screws.

  9. Peel back any tape covering the battery board data cable connector. Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the battery board data cable. Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the battery board data cable.
    • Peel back any tape covering the battery board data cable connector.

    • Use a spudger to gently pry up the locking flap on the ZIF connector for the battery board data cable.

  10. Disconnect the battery board data cable by sliding it out from its socket on the logic board. Slide parallel to the logic board, in the direction of the cable.
    • Disconnect the battery board data cable by sliding it out from its socket on the logic board.

    • Slide parallel to the logic board, in the direction of the cable.

  11. Pry up and disconnect the locking flap on the connector at the opposite end of the battery board data cable. Pry up and disconnect the locking flap on the connector at the opposite end of the battery board data cable.
    • Pry up and disconnect the locking flap on the connector at the opposite end of the battery board data cable.

  12. Slide the battery board data cable out of its socket on the battery board, and remove it completely. Take care not to install this cable backwards or upside-down. When installed correctly, the white liquid indicator sticker should face up, positioned directly over the battery power connector screw.
    • Slide the battery board data cable out of its socket on the battery board, and remove it completely.

    • Take care not to install this cable backwards or upside-down. When installed correctly, the white liquid indicator sticker should face up, positioned directly over the battery power connector screw.

  13. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 3.7 mm pancake screw securing the battery power connector. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 3.7 mm pancake screw securing the battery power connector.
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 3.7 mm pancake screw securing the battery power connector.

  14. Use a spudger to lift the battery power connector, disconnecting the battery. Lift the connector high enough to keep it separated from its socket while you work. If it accidentally makes contact, it could damage your MacBook Pro.
    • Use a spudger to lift the battery power connector, disconnecting the battery.

    • Lift the connector high enough to keep it separated from its socket while you work. If it accidentally makes contact, it could damage your MacBook Pro.

  15. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.9 mm screws securing the cover bracket for the keyboard and trackpad cable connectors. Remove the bracket.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.9 mm screws securing the cover bracket for the keyboard and trackpad cable connectors.

    • Remove the bracket.

  16. Use a spudger to disconnect the trackpad cable by prying its connector straight up from the logic board. Use a spudger to disconnect the trackpad cable by prying its connector straight up from the logic board.
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the trackpad cable by prying its connector straight up from the logic board.

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  18. Apply mild heat to the trackpad ribbon cable to soften the adhesive securing it to the battery.
    • Apply mild heat to the trackpad ribbon cable to soften the adhesive securing it to the battery.

    • You can use an iOpener, hair dryer, or heat gun, but be careful not to overheat the battery. The cable should be warm, but not too hot to touch.

  19. Carefully peel the trackpad cable up off the battery, and push it out of the way. Don't crease or tear the cable. If you have trouble, don't force it—apply more heat and try again. Don't crease or tear the cable. If you have trouble, don't force it—apply more heat and try again.
    • Carefully peel the trackpad cable up off the battery, and push it out of the way.

    • Don't crease or tear the cable. If you have trouble, don't force it—apply more heat and try again.

  20. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 13 screws securing the trackpad assembly: Nine 5.8 mm screws
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the 13 screws securing the trackpad assembly:

    • Nine 5.8 mm screws

    • Four 4.9 mm screws

    • These screws all look similar—be careful not to mix them up.

    • Adding a little blue threadlocker to the screw threads during reassembly can help prevent the screws from working themselves loose over time.

    • Install the screws loosely at first, and then check the trackpad alignment before tightening them down.

  21. Swing the display open slightly, but keep the MacBook upside-down. The trackpad assembly should separate and lay flat on the display. Carefully feed the trackpad's ribbon cable through its slot in the chassis. Carefully feed the trackpad's ribbon cable through its slot in the chassis.
    • Swing the display open slightly, but keep the MacBook upside-down. The trackpad assembly should separate and lay flat on the display.

    • Carefully feed the trackpad's ribbon cable through its slot in the chassis.

  22. As you remove the trackpad assembly, be very careful not to lose the nine small metal washers resting on the screw posts. (They will fly off and get lost with very little provocation.) Remove the trackpad assembly. Remove the trackpad assembly.
    • As you remove the trackpad assembly, be very careful not to lose the nine small metal washers resting on the screw posts. (They will fly off and get lost with very little provocation.)

    • Remove the trackpad assembly.

  23. Use your spudger to disconnect the keyboard by prying its connector straight up from the logic board. Use your spudger to disconnect the keyboard by prying its connector straight up from the logic board.
    • Use your spudger to disconnect the keyboard by prying its connector straight up from the logic board.

  24. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 3.5 mm screws securing the cover on the display board flex cable. Remove the display board flex cover.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 3.5 mm screws securing the cover on the display board flex cable.

    • Remove the display board flex cover.

  25. Using a T3 Torx driver, remove the two 1.7 mm screws securing the bracket for the display board cable connector. Remove the display board cable connector bracket.
    • Using a T3 Torx driver, remove the two 1.7 mm screws securing the bracket for the display board cable connector.

    • Remove the display board cable connector bracket.

  26. Pry the display board flex cable straight up from its socket to disconnect it from the display board. Pry the display board flex cable straight up from its socket to disconnect it from the display board.
    • Pry the display board flex cable straight up from its socket to disconnect it from the display board.

  27. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the four 2.0 mm screws from the hinge covers (two screws on each side). Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the four 2.0 mm screws from the hinge covers (two screws on each side).
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the four 2.0 mm screws from the hinge covers (two screws on each side).

  28. Remove the two hinge covers. Remove the two hinge covers. Remove the two hinge covers.
    • Remove the two hinge covers.

  29. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 2.4 mm screws securing the cover bracket for the Touch ID and headphone jack cable connectors. Remove the bracket. Remove the bracket.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 2.4 mm screws securing the cover bracket for the Touch ID and headphone jack cable connectors.

    • Remove the bracket.

  30. Disconnect the headphone jack flex connector by prying it straight up from the logic board. Disconnect the headphone jack flex connector by prying it straight up from the logic board.
    • Disconnect the headphone jack flex connector by prying it straight up from the logic board.

  31. Disconnect the power button and Touch ID sensor by prying its connector straight up from the logic board. Disconnect the power button and Touch ID sensor by prying its connector straight up from the logic board.
    • Disconnect the power button and Touch ID sensor by prying its connector straight up from the logic board.

  32. Using a T3 Torx driver, remove the 1.3 mm screw securing the cover bracket for the Touch Bar digitizer connector.
    • Using a T3 Torx driver, remove the 1.3 mm screw securing the cover bracket for the Touch Bar digitizer connector.

  33. Using your tweezers, slide the bracket toward the side edge of the MacBook Pro until it clears the slotted retaining tab on the logic board. Remove the bracket. Remove the bracket.
    • Using your tweezers, slide the bracket toward the side edge of the MacBook Pro until it clears the slotted retaining tab on the logic board.

    • Remove the bracket.

  34. Disconnect the Touch Bar digitizer cable by prying it straight up from the logic board. Disconnect the Touch Bar digitizer cable by prying it straight up from the logic board.
    • Disconnect the Touch Bar digitizer cable by prying it straight up from the logic board.

  35. Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.9 mm screws securing the bracket for the Touch Bar display cable connector. Remove the bracket.
    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.9 mm screws securing the bracket for the Touch Bar display cable connector.

    • Remove the bracket.

  36. Disconnect the Touch Bar display cable by prying its connector straight up from the logic board. Disconnect the Touch Bar display cable by prying its connector straight up from the logic board.
    • Disconnect the Touch Bar display cable by prying its connector straight up from the logic board.

  37. Using a T3 Torx Driver: Remove the two 1.3 mm screws securing the Thunderbolt flex cable cover on the left.
    • Using a T3 Torx Driver:

    • Remove the two 1.3 mm screws securing the Thunderbolt flex cable cover on the left.

    • Remove two more 1.3 mm screws from the Thunderbolt cable cover on the right.

  38. Remove the cover brackets from both Thunderbolt cable sockets. Remove the cover brackets from both Thunderbolt cable sockets.
    • Remove the cover brackets from both Thunderbolt cable sockets.

  39. Use a spudger to disconnect the left-side Thunderbolt flex cable by prying it straight up from the logic board. Pry from the inside edge, nearest the fan. Gently push the flex cable connector off to the side so it doesn't interfere with logic board removal.
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the left-side Thunderbolt flex cable by prying it straight up from the logic board.

    • Pry from the inside edge, nearest the fan.

    • Gently push the flex cable connector off to the side so it doesn't interfere with logic board removal.

  40. Repeat to disconnect the Thunderbolt flex cable connector on the opposite side. Carefully push the flex cable connector aside so there's clearance for the logic board to come out without snagging. Carefully push the flex cable connector aside so there's clearance for the logic board to come out without snagging.
    • Repeat to disconnect the Thunderbolt flex cable connector on the opposite side.

    • Carefully push the flex cable connector aside so there's clearance for the logic board to come out without snagging.

  41. Disconnect the two speaker connectors by sliding the flat end of your spudger underneath each cable near its connector. Gently twist or pry up to disconnect both speakers. Gently twist or pry up to disconnect both speakers.
    • Disconnect the two speaker connectors by sliding the flat end of your spudger underneath each cable near its connector.

    • Gently twist or pry up to disconnect both speakers.

  42. Peel up any tape covering the microphone cable connector socket. Peel up any tape covering the microphone cable connector socket.
    • Peel up any tape covering the microphone cable connector socket.

  43. Open the locking flap on the microphone cable's ZIF connector by prying it straight up from the logic board. Open the locking flap on the microphone cable's ZIF connector by prying it straight up from the logic board. Open the locking flap on the microphone cable's ZIF connector by prying it straight up from the logic board.
    • Open the locking flap on the microphone cable's ZIF connector by prying it straight up from the logic board.

  44. Disconnect the microphone by pulling its cable toward the fan until it releases from its socket. If possible, pull on the tape attached to the cable, rather than the cable itself, to reduce the risk of damage.
    • Disconnect the microphone by pulling its cable toward the fan until it releases from its socket.

    • If possible, pull on the tape attached to the cable, rather than the cable itself, to reduce the risk of damage.

  45. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the single 2.9 mm screw securing the antenna cable bundle. Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the single 2.9 mm screw securing the antenna cable bundle.
    • Use a T5 Torx driver to remove the single 2.9 mm screw securing the antenna cable bundle.

  46. Disconnect all three antenna cables by prying each one straight up from its socket. Slide your tweezers or the flat end of your spudger underneath each cable until it's near the socket, and then gently twist or pry up to disconnect it. To reconnect each cable, align the connector directly over its socket, and then press down so it snaps into place.
    • Disconnect all three antenna cables by prying each one straight up from its socket.

    • Slide your tweezers or the flat end of your spudger underneath each cable until it's near the socket, and then gently twist or pry up to disconnect it.

    • To reconnect each cable, align the connector directly over its socket, and then press down so it snaps into place.

  47. Remove all ten screws securing the logic board assembly: Two 2.6 mm T3 Torx screws
    • Remove all ten screws securing the logic board assembly:

    • Two 2.6 mm T3 Torx screws

    • Five 2.9 mm T5 Torx screws

    • One 3.7 mm T5 Torx screw

    • One 3.9 mm T8 Torx screw (large head)

    • One 4.0 mm T8 Torx screw

    • During reassembly, install these screws only loosely. Adjust the board position if necessary until all the connectors line up, and then tighten the screws.

  48. Peel up (but don't remove) the two rubber vibration damping strips from the adhesive holding them to the fans. If needed, apply mild heat with an iOpener, hair dryer, or heat gun to soften the adhesive and make the dampers easier to separate. If needed, apply mild heat with an iOpener, hair dryer, or heat gun to soften the adhesive and make the dampers easier to separate.
    • Peel up (but don't remove) the two rubber vibration damping strips from the adhesive holding them to the fans.

    • If needed, apply mild heat with an iOpener, hair dryer, or heat gun to soften the adhesive and make the dampers easier to separate.

  49. The logic board assembly is a tight fit, but you can make it easier to remove by inserting a spudger under the left edge and levering it up slightly. There should be no resistance as you remove the logic board. Check all cables carefully and hold them out of the way if needed so they don't snag on the board.
    • The logic board assembly is a tight fit, but you can make it easier to remove by inserting a spudger under the left edge and levering it up slightly.

    • There should be no resistance as you remove the logic board. Check all cables carefully and hold them out of the way if needed so they don't snag on the board.

    • Lifting from the left side, remove the logic board.

  50. When reinstalling the logic board assembly: Check the alignment of the rubber vibration dampers, and adjust them as needed. Feed the antenna cable bundle through the gap between the logic board and heat sink, and make sure it lines up correctly as you lower the board into place.
    • When reinstalling the logic board assembly:

    • Check the alignment of the rubber vibration dampers, and adjust them as needed.

    • Feed the antenna cable bundle through the gap between the logic board and heat sink, and make sure it lines up correctly as you lower the board into place.

    • Verify that no cables get trapped under the board as you install it. Check each marked location carefully.

Conclusion

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

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