MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Heat Sink Replacement
Replace your Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody's heat sink.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Difficult
Replacing the heat sink requires removal of the logic board and application of new thermal paste.
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- Lower Case 2 steps
- Battery Connector 2 steps
- Left Fan 3 steps
- Logic Board 15 steps
- Heat Sink 2 steps
Step 1 — Heat Sink ¶
Lay the logic board down on a soft flat surface with the heat sink facing up.
Remove the six #1 Phillips screws securing the heat sink to the logic board.
Keep track of the small springs housed under each screw.
Step 2 ¶
Remove the heat sink from the logic board.
If the heat sink appears to be stuck to the logic board after removing all six screws, it may be helpful to use a spudger to separate the two components.
If you need to mount the heat sink back onto the logic board, we have a thermal paste guide that makes replacing the thermal compound easy.