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MacBook Air Models A1237 and A1304 Display Assembly Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

  • Author: Walter Galan
  • Time estimate: 1 - 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Use this guide to replace a broken display.

Step 1 Display Assembly  ¶ 

Remove the two following screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board bracket to the upper case:

Step 1 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the two following screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board bracket to the upper case:

  • One 4.7 mm Phillips.

  • One 3.9 mm Phillips.

Step 2  ¶ 

Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket out of the upper case.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket out of the upper case.

Step 3  ¶ 

Use a spudger to pry the three antenna cables up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry the three antenna cables up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

Step 4  ¶ 

Peel the antenna cables up off the adhesive securing them to the upper case.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Peel the antenna cables up off the adhesive securing them to the upper case.

Step 5  ¶ 

Remove the single Phillips screw securing the microphone cable ground loop to the upper case.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the single Phillips screw securing the microphone cable ground loop to the upper case.

Step 6  ¶ 

Remove the following 15 screws:

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the following 15 screws:

  • Thirteen 2.3 mm Phillips.

  • Two T6 Torx.

  • Leave one T6 Torx screw in each side of the display bracket.

Step 7  ¶ 

Open the Air so the display is perpendicular to the upper case and place it on a table as shown.

Step 7  ¶ 

  • Open the Air so the display is perpendicular to the upper case and place it on a table as shown.

  • While holding the top of the Air with one hand, remove the T6 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.

Step 8  ¶ 

Be sure to hold the Air together while you remove the last Torx screw. Failure to do so may cause the display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging both components.

Step 8  ¶ 

  • Be sure to hold the Air together while you remove the last Torx screw. Failure to do so may cause the display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging both components.

  • Remove the T6 Torx screw from the upper display bracket.

Step 9  ¶ 

Pull the upper case straight away from the display, minding any cables that may get caught.

Step 9  ¶ 

  • Pull the upper case straight away from the display, minding any cables that may get caught.