Introduction

Replace a faulty fan to keep CPU temperatures down.

Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

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Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.
  • Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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Deck the Halls
With tools and Fix Kits
Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the fan cable connector up off 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 flat end of a spudger to pry the fan cable connector up off 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.

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Remove the three identical T6 Torx screws securing the fan to the upper case.
  • Remove the three identical T6 Torx screws securing the fan to the upper case.

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Lift the fan out of the upper case.
  • Lift the fan out of the upper case.

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Conclusion

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

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One note of caution, beware of surprises. I had a problem with my Macbook Pro last summer and took it to Apple for repair and it turned out to be a settings issue and nothing mechanical but in the discovery process it was gutted and re-assembled. When it developed a fan problem last month I ordered a fan from Ifixit and went through the repair process. After removing the base plate it was then time to remove the fan using a Torx #6 screwdriver here is where the surprise was. Apple had substituted one of the three screws with a different type. Luckily I was able to find a screwdriver that worked.

So be be prepared for a possible surprise.

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