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MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz Mid 2009 Battery Replacement

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Replacing the battery on your MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz requires a 1.5 mm flathead screwdriver to remove the five-point Pentalobe screws securing it to the upper case.

Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Three Pentalobe screws secure the battery to the upper case. They can be removed with this special driver.

  • If you don't have a Pentalobe driver, a 1.5 mm flathead screwdriver can be used in a pinch. Be sure the head of your flathead screwdriver fits snugly across two of the five "points" of the screw head before trying to break the screw free, as a loose fit will easily strip the screw head. If the head of your screwdriver fits too loosely, find a bigger bit and file it down until it fits snugly before proceeding.

  • You do not necessarily have to follow steps 3-7 to remove the battery in order to replace the hard drive. However, it is recommended to remove all power sources from electronics before working on them.

Step 2  ¶ 

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Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the two exposed five-point Pentalobe screws along the top edge of the battery.

Step 3  ¶ 

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Step 3  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to bend back the finger of the "Warning: Do not remove the battery" sticker while you remove the five-point Pentalobe screw hidden underneath.

Step 4  ¶ 

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Step 4  ¶ 

  • Lift the battery by its plastic pull tab and slide it away from the long edge of the upper case.

  • Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet.

Step 5  ¶ 

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Step 5  ¶ 

  • Tilt the battery back enough to access the battery cable connector.

  • Pull the battery cable connector away from its socket on the logic board and remove the battery from the upper case.