Introduction

Replacing a defective fan is pretty easy and will keep your laptop running cool. This guide is for the fan on the right side of the Macbook when in normal operation. It will be the left-hand fan when you are removing it.

Image 1/2: Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end.  Lift the release latch until it is vertical. Image 2/2: Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end.  Lift the release latch until it is vertical.
  • 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.

The A1286 has no Access Door.!!

I actually can see no sign of the battery!...

aguib - Reply

Quote from aguib:

The A1286 has no Access Door.!!

I actually can see no sign of the battery!...

I assume you have the newer model, with the built-in battery. It's still removable with tools, but these are the wrong instructions for that model.

lgc90 - Reply

when will there be a guide for the other unibody macbook pro. that does not have an access door?

irishking - Reply

Is there a manual to show, how disasembly the display, i mean, after step 5, to check the display between lcd and aluminiun back case?

Max

Max - Reply

On other guides you state the height of the HD that can be supported, e.g. MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211 Hard Drive Replacement , I have read ( but have not confirmed ) that the uni-body MacBook Pro can be fitted with the 750GB and 1TB 12mm drive from Western Digital.

Can you confirm this?

Many thanks in advance.

ahothabeth - Reply

Quote from SHerwood Ball:

My display and aluminum casing has separated.

I don't know if it just snaps back together or does it need to be glued.

I dropped mine on the carpeted stairs and the display still works.

I'm hoping I can just snap it back together and that no plastic pieces or teeth of the snapping

portion have been broken........

SHerwood Ball - Reply

When you say "left fan" is this "left when looking at the logic board after turning the computer over and looking it up opening it up" or "left when sitting at the computer keyboard and typing on it"?

thvv - Reply

We always use left and right in reference to the computer when you're using it.

Andrew Optimus Goldberg -

Directions were great and the worn dc in board was replaced. The hardest part of the procedure is disconnecting the data display cable. A better description of step 21 is to slide the connector parallel to the circuit board towards the outside corner. Reconnecting correctly took several tries.

I used the tip of the spudger to nudge the corners a little at a time to seat the connector.

The ribbon connector for the keyboard has to be inserted all the way before seating the retaining cap. It took me three tries . First try power button did not work second try numbers keys did not work.

Thanks for the directions ...could not have done it with out them!!!

landryd - Reply

Hola. Poseo un MacBook Pro Late 2008 y debo cambiarle las cornetas. Me sirve unas cornetas de un MBP Late 2011?

jegonzalez80 - Reply

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  • The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.

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Image 1/1: Grab the translucent plastic tab and pull the battery up and out of the Unibody.
  • 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.

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Image 1/1: One 5.4 mm Phillips screw.
  • 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.

Hi, My name is Jess I need help asap I accidentally dropped my macbook Pro and i cant find the silver screw for the top left back side, Does any one know if I can replace it with an eye glass screw?? If you can help at all Please e-mail me at Chambliss_jess@yahoo.com thx please help me my bf is going off... ;(

Jess - Reply

The fixit PH00 is the wrong screw driver for this entire job. It did not fit in the screws, it was too pointy and caused screws to be rounded off.

mattrittgers - Reply

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  • Using both hands, lift and remove the lower case off the upper case.

About midway along each edge is a snap. To release each snap, gently slide the flat edge of a Spudger under the lower case, then lift the lower case away.

jonathansturges - Reply

I have an late 08 macbook pro and replaced my cd drive with a hd caddy and hard drive put in it. everything works but my wifi is saying no hardware installed. Bluetooth and camera working just the wifi isn't. Everything was working just find before i did this but now i cant get my wifi back on. I checked the cable looks to be inserted properly any one else had this happen or have any solutions ?

myjellio - Reply

Image 1/2: Be sure to only pry up on the connector itself '''not on the socket''' or you may damage the machine. Image 2/2: It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.
  • Use a spudger to pry the fan connector straight up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Be sure to only pry up on the connector itself not on the socket or you may damage the machine.

  • It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.

Did it the way described. Maybe because of the age of the Mac/circuit board but the sockets came out with the connector. Only solution now for this fan to work would be to hard solder. Not a happy outcome.

Nicole Bokat - Reply

Image 1/1: Two 3.2 mm Phillips screws.
  • Remove the following three screws securing the right fan to the upper case and logic board:

    • Two 3.2 mm Phillips screws.

    • One 3.5 mm Phillips screw.

I ruined the head of the heads of the 3.2 mm and the 3.5 Phillips screws. What kind of screws are this (M1, M1.2, ...?)? I need a replacement.

PS I used the appropriate screw driver (Wiha PH00).

Michael Domhardt - Reply

Hi! how did you fix it? I ruined the last two red 3,2 mm screws as well, so the old fan is still in there....

laurabaas94 -

I can't seem to get the two (2) 3.2 screws out, they are in way too tight. I'm afraid of rounding out the slots and putting too much pressure on the board. No issues with replacing the other fan..any hints/tricks to getting these screws out? thanks

Joseph Vossen - Reply

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  • 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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