MacBook Pro 15" Late 2008 through Mid 2012 (excluding Mid 2009 2.53 GHz) Left Fan

$59.95

Product code: IF161-017
Apple Part #: 661-4952, 922-8703

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MacBook Pro 15" Late 2008 through Mid 2012 (excluding Mid 2009 2.53 GHz) Left Fan

$59.95

Product code: IF161-017
Apple Part #: 661-4952, 922-8703

Product Overview

Make sure you have identified your MacBook Pro correctly. You can use our Identify Your Mac.

If your screen is facing you, this is the fan on the left side of the machine. Includes fan and surrounding metal bracket.

You put your left fan in,

You put your left fan out,

You put your left fan in and,

And you blow it all around,

It comes with metal bracket and

Will cool your MacBook down,

That's what it's all about.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • Late 2008 through Mid 2012 15" MacBook Pros (excluding Mid 2009 2.53 GHz)

Product Details

$59.95 New

 

Condition:

New

$44.95 Used

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

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Replacement Guides

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011
2 GHz (Early 2011)
2.2 GHz (Early 2011)
2.3 GHz (Early 2011)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009
2.4 GHz (Late 2008)
2.53 GHz (Late 2008)
2.66 GHz (Early 2009)
2.8 GHz (Late 2008)
2.93 GHz (Early 2009)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011
2.2 GHz (Late 2011)
2.4 GHz (Late 2011)
2.5 GHz (Late 2011)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009
2.66 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.8 GHz (Mid 2009)
3.06 GHz (Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010
2.4 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.53 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.66 GHz (Mid 2010)
2.8 GHz (Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012
2.3 GHz (Mid 2012)
2.6 GHz (Mid 2012)
2.7 GHz (Mid 2012)
 

Stories

mclarn654's Story Photo #610606

My Problem

Left fan would occasionally be noisy (I'm not sure how to describe the noise, grinding sound maybe). I'd put the computer to sleep, wake it up, and it would be fine for a day or so. But eventually this process got annoying.

I tried to fix it myself by taking the fan apart and putting WD40 on the axle but I ended up bending the metal and now the fan wasn't aligned and would always hit the side and make a grinding noise.

So I ordered a left fan from iFixit.

My Fix

I've opened this computer so many times it isn't funny. From battery replacement, memory upgrades, HDD to SSD upgrade, Dual Drive upgrade, and the monthly taming the dust bunnies; I'd say I know how to open this device pretty quick and easy. Ergo, it was a breeze to replace the fan.

The replacement of the fan went well. Unfortunately, my Mac had problems booting. I got the infinite spinny-thing and spinning beach ball of death after inputting my password. I even let it set there overnight (I've done this before and it worked), but nothing. I reset the PRAM, SMC, went into safe mode, and nothing. It still wouldn't boot into the OS.

Luckily, Time Machine saved my skin. I restored it and it booted just fine. My dock was reset but that's no big deal.

My Advice

Always back up before doing any modifications to your computer. Actually, always back up daily, always!

My Problem

Driving me crazy

My Fix

Simple fix, very easy.

My Advice

Don't live with a noisy fan... just do it.

My Problem

For months there was a clicking noise coming from the left side of my MacBook Pro (late 2008). I thought the hard drive was going bad, but a replacement drive made the same noise. The hard drive manufacturer suggested it was because the drives were much newer than the laptop, and had to "throttle back" to work well, thus the noise. It never occurred to me that it might be a fan going bad that was the culprit, but after replacing three drives, I realized I might have to dig deeper for a solution.

My Fix

I was astounded at how quick and easy the repair went. The step-by-step guide made the process go smooth as silk. I had set aside an afternoon for the fix, and was finished inside of 15 minutes! (Related news: I also decided to clean a friend's MacBook fan, a much more complicated process. It took about an hour, and again the iFixit step-by-step guide made it all possible.)

My Advice

Just take it slow and steady, and you can't go wrong.

My Problem

The Macbook had a strange whirring noise all the time when it was on. It was getting louder day by day, so it was obvious that this problem was not going away.

My Fix

Opened computer, confirmed that the left fan was defective and ordered a new one from iFixit.

Ordered a new one. The one I got was at least free from dust, but somehow felt like it had been handled more than the original Apple fan I was replacing.

My Advice

There are directions from Apple, about how to tighten the screws in the lid on the bottom of the MacBook Pro. If done improperly, the computer might wobble on your desk. Directions are here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202450 and the stuff you need is section 12.

My Problem

Much fan noise. Sometimes the machine ran normally. At other times one of the fans would actually seize up briefly, then restart. I think it was just the right fan (which is actually to the left when you flip the computer over to remove the bottom of the case). I replaced both fans to be on the safe side.

Earlier I had tried simply cleaning the original fans. Opening the computer and removing those fans (following iFixit's instructions) revealed they weren't all that dirty. There was a bit of lint, but not enough to seriously impede airflow. I blew the lint out with compressed air. But after replacing the fans, the noise, if anything, was worse than before. And so I ordered replacements and installed them.

My Fix

Fine. The badness is gone.

My Advice

The only confusing part is detaching the four-wire connectors from their sockets. iFixit's instructions are correct that they lift straight up. The advice not to break the socket off the logic board is gratuitous. In fact, the connectors lift off and reconnect easily.

My Problem

The old one was too loud.

My Fix

Went great.

My Advice

The part was available elsewhere for cheaper, but only ifixit was able to ship it within 1 week. Everyone else wanted me to wait 20 days.

My Problem

My left fan was broken, which caused a lack of cooling to my MBP.

My Fix

Repair went flawlessly, removed cover, removed old fan , put in the new one and works flawlessly.

My Advice

Definitley recommend buying from iFixit. Great service!

etchmcbrannigan's Story Photo #448451

My Problem

For about the last year, the left fan in my Macbook Pro was rattling and would freak out and make even more noise if you held the computer at a certain angle (it was very, very annoying).

My Fix

Getting the old fan out was a breeze with the T6 Torx screwdriver, and getting the new fan in place and hooked up was easy as pie. It took me about ten minutes all told, and when I booted the system back up after the repair, no more noise!

My Advice

Be careful with the power connectors on the fans, they are a little fragile.

My Problem

My left fan was loud for over a year. Loud fans are annoying.

My Fix

Product: expensive:

Shipping: even more expensive.

Customs: seriously?

Result: finally a silent fan.

My Advice

Try to catch your FedEx car. Then try again. And again. If you got it, used the guide, and in 5 minutes, you are done.

My Problem

After four years of use my wife's laptop became superhot, superunstable and most of all - supernoisy.

In short: the bearings of the fans become very noisy, which limited the heat dissipation.

My Fix

Replacing both fans was easier than expected. It actually reminded me why I like the Macbook Pros from those years.

The imagery on ifixit website helped a fair bit in reassembling everything back.

My Advice

I wasn't paying attention when ordering the replacement battery, so I had to make an additional order - with only the three-headed screwdriver that is needed to remove the battery.

Oh Apple! Why so complicated!