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The Surface Pro 4's heat sink cooling system consists of copper tubing and a connected copper plate. Here is how to remove it for replacement or to access the components below.

Turn the Surface Pro so that the screen is facing you as if you were using it normally.
  • Turn the Surface Pro so that the screen is facing you as if you were using it normally.

  • Make sure the device is turned off before you start working on it.

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The display is glued to the frame of the device . You can weaken the adhesive with a heating pad such as the iOpener.
  • The display is glued to the frame of the device . You can weaken the adhesive with a heating pad such as the iOpener.

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Slide an opening pick around the entire display, cutting the heated adhesive attaching the screen to the base. Apply more heat as needed. There are tabs on the upper right side and upper left side where it is easier to get a tool under the display.
  • Slide an opening pick around the entire display, cutting the heated adhesive attaching the screen to the base. Apply more heat as needed.

    • There are tabs on the upper right side and upper left side where it is easier to get a tool under the display.

  • If you are having trouble, see Step 4 of the iFixit teardown.

Do we need to glue the screen back on? How do we do this? What do we use? Thanks for this tutorial. I wonder if it's necessary to completely unplug the screen when replacing just the SSD

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Attach a suction cup to the front of the display. Using the suction cup, pull the display and base apart. You may need to hold the base in position with your hands.
  • Attach a suction cup to the front of the display.

  • Using the suction cup, pull the display and base apart. You may need to hold the base in position with your hands.

  • It is usually better to place the suction cup on the left or right side of the screen, rather than in the center. This provides more leverage when removing the screen.

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There are two display cables connecting the body to the display. Disconnect the cable on the right by putting a plastic opening tool under the edge of the connector and prying it up.
  • There are two display cables connecting the body to the display.

  • Disconnect the cable on the right by putting a plastic opening tool under the edge of the connector and prying it up.

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The connection for the strip on the left is covered by a lightweight metal casing.  Pry around the edges of this case with a plastic spudger. Once it is loose, pull it off. Unplug the connection with a plastic opening tool. Unplug the connection with a plastic opening tool.
  • The connection for the strip on the left is covered by a lightweight metal casing. Pry around the edges of this case with a plastic spudger. Once it is loose, pull it off.

  • Unplug the connection with a plastic opening tool.

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The display should now be free of the body of the Surface Pro. Lift it up and away from the rest of the device. Before installing a new display, check it carefully to see if any parts need to be transferred over from the back of the old display to the new display. In particular, you may need to transfer over the NTrig board in the corner by disconnecting the two attached ribbon cables and using heat and gentle prying to carefully separate the glue securing the board. Before installing a new display, check it carefully to see if any parts need to be transferred over from the back of the old display to the new display. In particular, you may need to transfer over the NTrig board in the corner by disconnecting the two attached ribbon cables and using heat and gentle prying to carefully separate the glue securing the board.
  • The display should now be free of the body of the Surface Pro. Lift it up and away from the rest of the device.

  • Before installing a new display, check it carefully to see if any parts need to be transferred over from the back of the old display to the new display. In particular, you may need to transfer over the NTrig board in the corner by disconnecting the two attached ribbon cables and using heat and gentle prying to carefully separate the glue securing the board.

I've done many phones and ipads in the past. I did 2 of these in a row. Both screens were broken before hand but I was unable to remove either of them completely without leaving fragments around the frame. This would suggest that replacing the drive on one with a good screen will require a replacement of the screen too. Do not put a tool into the speaker areas as it mushes up the screen and requires you to glue the screens back in. The screens I purchased did not have adhesive with them so you need to apply that before plugging the screen back in. I ran 1 or 2 stips of 2 mm tape depending on the with of the contact area. There was a metal cover over the right hand connector on mine. I found the metal covers easier to remove with a dental pick which I inserted into the small holes on each tab then levered up. You have to transfer a small board over to the new screen which requires heating. Make sure to connect the LCD to that board before sticking it back down. Ken Davison meditlondon.com

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It took 1.5 hours to do the second one.

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Both sections of the heat sink are connected to the motherboard via a panel which is covered by a metal casing. Remove the casing by prying around the edges and then lifting the entire piece once it  is loose. Remove the casing by prying around the edges and then lifting the entire piece once it  is loose.
  • Both sections of the heat sink are connected to the motherboard via a panel which is covered by a metal casing.

  • Remove the casing by prying around the edges and then lifting the entire piece once it is loose.

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Remove the four 1.5mm Torx T4 screws  holding the main body of the heat sink to the motherboard Remove the four 1.5mm Torx T4 screws  holding the main body of the heat sink to the motherboard Remove the four 1.5mm Torx T4 screws  holding the main body of the heat sink to the motherboard
  • Remove the four 1.5mm Torx T4 screws holding the main body of the heat sink to the motherboard

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Remove the 1.5mm Torx T3 screw holding the copper plate near the bottom of the device. Remove the 1.5mm Torx T3 screw holding the copper plate near the bottom of the device.
  • Remove the 1.5mm Torx T3 screw holding the copper plate near the bottom of the device.

There is another screw immediately east of where the heatsink meets the copper plate that needs to be removed as well

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Remove the 1.5mm Torx T4 screw holding the heat sink tubing to the frame of the device. Remove the 3.0mm Torx T4 screw.
  • Remove the 1.5mm Torx T4 screw holding the heat sink tubing to the frame of the device.

  • Remove the 3.0mm Torx T4 screw.

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You can now remove entire heat sink by lifting it out with your hands. Be sure to replace the thermal paste when installing the heat sink. Be sure to replace the thermal paste when installing the heat sink.
  • You can now remove entire heat sink by lifting it out with your hands.

  • Be sure to replace the thermal paste when installing the heat sink.

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Conclusion

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

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