MacBook Unibody Model A1278 Fan Replacement

Replacing a defective fan will keep your laptop running cool.

Edit Step 1 Access Door  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Access Door  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.

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

Edit Step 4 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case to the chassis:

    • One 3 mm Phillips screw.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    • Four 3.5 mm Phillips screws.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 6 Fan  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6 Fan  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry the fan connector straight up off 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.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the upper case:

    • Two 5 mm Phillips screws.

    • One 7 mm Phillips screw.

  • The longer of the three screws belongs in the upper left corner of the fan.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Lift the fan out of the upper case.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Unibody Model A1278 device page.

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver

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Great tutorial ! great step !

Leo Etcheverry, · Reply

On my model, it seemed the top-left was 3.5mm and the bottom 4 were 3 mm.

Jim, · Reply

Is there anyway to solder the fan socket back on to the mother board? It broke off :(

Emily, · Reply

Me too!!! WHAT NOW?

christopher butera, · Reply

One of the screw was messed up. How can I remove it ?

sebmeunier, · Reply

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