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Introduction

Update an aging MacBook Pro with a new set of feet.

  1. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement, Access Door: step 1, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement, Access Door: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.

    • Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end. Lift the release latch until it is vertical.

  2. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.

  3. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.

    • Grab the translucent plastic tab and pull the battery up and out of the Unibody.

    • If the latch is depressed it will lock the battery in place.

  4. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement, Lower Case: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case to the chassis:

    • One 5.4 mm Phillips screw.

    • Three 14 mm Phillips screws.

    • Four 3.5 mm Phillips screws.

  5. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Using both hands, lift and remove the lower case off the upper case.

  6. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement, Feet: step 6, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement, Feet: step 6, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement, Feet: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Remove any broken or damaged feet.

    • Remove any pieces from the old foot that may have broken off in the foot hole.

    • Use tweezers to peel up and remove the old adhesive tape from the foot pad.

  7. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Scrub the foot pad with adhesive remover to remove any remaining adhesive.

  8. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Wipe the foot pad with an alcohol prep pad to remove any residue left by the cleaner.

  9. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Peel a replacement foot from the plastic backing.

  10. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Align the new foot inside the foot pad.

    • Make sure the alignment nub on the foot is lined up with the small hole near the perimeter of the pad.

    • Lay the foot down while keeping it properly aligned.

    • Check for proper alignment from the inside of the lower case. Use tweezers to slide the alignment nub so it lines up with the hole.

  11. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Feet Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Press the new foot down firmly with your finger and maintain pressure for 30 seconds to set the pressure sensitive adhesive. Support the other side of the cover while you press the foot down.

    • Repeat the last six steps for any broken or damaged feet.

Conclusion

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

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