MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Rear Speaker Replacement

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

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips screws securing the lower case to the MacBook.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 4 Rear Vent  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Rear Vent  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws from the optical drive side of the rear vent:

    • Two 10 mm T8 Torx

    • Two 5.2 mm Phillips

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws from the port side of rear vent:

    • Two 10 mm T8 Torx

    • Two 5.2 mm Phillips

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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  • Carefully lift the rear vent out of the upper case.

Edit Step 7 Rear Speaker Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7 Rear Speaker Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth cable connector up off the logic board.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the right speaker assembly to the upper case:

    • One 12 mm Phillips screw.

    • One 3 mm Phillips screw.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.2 mm Phillips screw inserted horizontally into the side of the optical drive.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the rear speaker cable connector up off the logic board.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Remove the rear speaker assembly from the upper case.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Remove three 3 mm Phillips screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board to the rear speaker assembly.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth board up off the rear speaker assembly.

Edit Step 16 Rear Speaker  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16 Rear Speaker  ¶ 

  • Rear speaker remains.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Unibody Model A1342 device page.

Required Tools

Phillips #00 Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Recommended Tools

54 Bit Driver Kit

$24.95 · 50+ In stock

Magnetic Project Mat

$19.95 · 50+ In stock

Pro Tech Screwdriver Set

$59.95 · 50+ In stock

Anti-Static Project Tray

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Comments Comments are onturn off

According to this page http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1651?viewl..., the 8 screws are not identical.

Can anybody tell me where each kind of screw is supposed to go?

Gregoire, · Reply

The screws on the Late 2009 are identical. The blue lock compound might make tightening some require a little more effort.

svenaustx, · Reply

Can I replace it with a SATA 3 cable?

nm, · Reply

you do not need to remove the battery when replacing the hard drive or ram

brilldoctor, · Reply

beware not to lift the connector to close of the angle, as the picture suggest it. It might broke the angle. Attack by the middle.

naamol, · Reply

Not necessary?

hikkymemo, · Reply

Be careful of the corner of the battery cable connector when trying to pry it off with the spudge. I knocked the corner of mine. No operational impact but was not very pleasing!

jljordanweb, · Reply

Not necessary, but a good idea, so as to avoid any spurious charges going through the boards...

svenaustx, · Reply

@Svenaustx - What could happen if not removing this battery? Worst case? Not a geek on this but did change RAM on my Macbook Pro "15. Can't remember disconneting the battery back then. Shouldn't it be sufficient shutting the Mac off and ensure it has been used for an hour or so before replacing RAM?

Allan Clarke,

Hi, i have an issue with the screw in the middle: it is blocked and the top is now damaged... Any suggestion?

Corrado, · Reply

you can actually stop disassembling now and try to replace it now. after removing two t6 screws it came off pretty easily

grze, · Reply

Good tip, thanks! I skipped ahead to step 17 and had no problem getting the magsafe board out from under the logic board and the new one installed. Saves a lot of work disconnecting connectors indicated as Fragile!

matt15,

Thank You! Saved me an hour or so of work and a lot of stress!

15sweyandt,

This step is NOT necessary!!!

ulrichkrenmayr, · Reply

Agreed- this step is not needed. If you do detach it, you will have to reattach it. I used my mom's nail glue. I applied a 1mm dot of it on the logic board using a paperclip. I also applied a small amount to the back of the connector. I let it air dry til it was tacky, then carefully placed it on, and got the contacts aligned. Took me two tries, but after the second, I rebooted and had sound!

Shelly Murney, · Reply

I wasn't able to reconnect this cable and feel like I broke it. There's 2 other cables near that too and part of one seems broken as well. Honestly, why did I even have to remove that cable? Now I'm stuck without good sounds for a while.. :(

Austin Vareith, · Reply

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