Skip to main content

Introduction

Rock out too hard? Use this guide to replace a blown-out rear speaker.

  1. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement, Lower Case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips screws securing the lower case to the MacBook.

  2. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 3 MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 3 MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • The lower case is constructed of rubber-coated aluminum. Do not excessively bend the aluminum during removal, as any permanent deformation will cause tolerance issues after reassembly.

    • Slightly lift the lower case near the vent opening.

    • Continue running your fingers between the lower and upper cases until the upper case pops off its retaining clips.

    • The location of these three clips is shown in the third picture.

  3. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • It may be easier to use your fingernails to lift up on both sides of the connector.

  4. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement, Rear Vent: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following screws from the optical drive side of the rear vent:

    • Two 10 mm T8 Torx

    • Two 5.2 mm Phillips

  5. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following screws from the port side of rear vent:

    • Two 10 mm T8 Torx

    • Two 5.2 mm Phillips

  6. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully lift the rear vent out of the upper case.

  7. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement, Rear Speaker Assembly: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth cable connector up off the logic board.

  8. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following screws securing the right speaker assembly to the upper case:

    • One 12 mm Phillips screw.

    • One 3 mm Phillips screw.

  9. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 2.2 mm Phillips screw inserted horizontally into the side of the optical drive.

  10. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Pry the AirPort and Bluetooth antenna connectors (3 total) up off the AirPort/Bluetooth card.

    • De-route the long antenna from its channel in the rear speaker housing.

  11. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the rear speaker cable connector up off the logic board.

  12. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the rear speaker assembly from the upper case.

  13. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 2 MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully peel the AirPort/Bluetooth cable from its channel within the rear speaker assembly.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth cable up off the rear speaker.

  14. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Remove three 3 mm Phillips screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board to the rear speaker assembly.

  15. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth board up off the rear speaker assembly.

  16. MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement, Rear Speaker: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Rear speaker remains.

Conclusion

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

22 other people completed this guide.

4 Comments

Nice tuto ! Helped me so fine.

Rudy Pierrat - Reply

Perfect! That helps to keep older gear alive!

W. Scholz - Reply

How did you guys place the rear speaker wire back in place?

Kim Sluyk - Reply

hi everyone! iʻm about to replace the rear speaker on my late 2009 A1342, but i also need to replace both the left and right speakers as well. would someone please help me out? i hope i donʻt have to pull the logic board (i already did that on my mid 2012 A1284, and it was, ok, but i have more gray hairs now . . .).

Kahana - Reply

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 3

Past 7 Days: 45

Past 30 Days: 154

All Time: 30,415