MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2010/Early 2011/Late 2011/Mid 2012) Left Fan

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Product code: IF161-059
Apple Part #: 922-8703

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MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2010/Early 2011/Late 2011/Mid 2012) Left Fan

Not for sale

Product code: IF161-059
Apple Part #: 922-8703

Product Overview

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

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This fan is fully compatible with the following product:

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

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

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • All Mid 2010 15" Unibody MacBook Pros
  • All Early 2011 15" Unibody MacBook Pros
  • All Late 2011 15" Unibody MacBook Pros
  • All Mid 2012 15" Unibody MacBook Pros
 

Replacement Guides

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011

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 2011
2.2 GHz (Late 2011)
2.4 GHz (Late 2011)
2.5 GHz (Late 2011)
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

My Problem

I had a horrible left fan failure -- grinding, seizing, noises like the apocalypse. I ordered a new one from iFixit and, the next day, the fan was fine! Silent. Well-behaved. But, a few days later, a small hint, a whisper, a dirty hum came again from the fan. It's miracle cure is only temporary, apparently. Because the laptop is in use 10-12 hours a day and I can't afford downtime, I am waiting for the fan to exhibit the Return of the Grinding before swapping it out.

My Fix

Stay tuned. Give the quality of the instructions, I don't anticipate any problems. I've used the site to upgrade the internal drive on other laptops.

My Advice

The delivery time is fast and the instructions are good. If you've got decent static control, there's no reason not to do it yourself.

My Problem

The fan was making noises like someone had dumped a box of nuts and bolts in it and the microphone was not working. As the laptop had been in service before the warranty had expired, I was hoping the reason for the broken microphone was that they forgot to reconnect the mike cable.

My Fix

Just one issue: the trackpad/keyboard connector retaining shield could not be unscrewed with any philips screwdrivers in my set. I had to use the smallest flat screwdriver i had.

My hunch turned out to be right: the geniuses from apple forgot to reconnect the mike when they put my laptop back together...

My Advice

The most fiddly part is putting the motherboard back in which requires levering it in plus keeping all the cables out of the way.

My Problem

The MacBook was running very hot, rebooting, blocking...

My Fix

I renewed the thermal compound on the CPU and GPU, it worked well but this is not a solution on long term, the processors are still running hot, the cooling is much better.

My Advice

If you now a MacBook Pro 2011 that's running hot, join the Facebook group "2011 MacBook Pro and Discrete Graphics Card Issue" and make a legal complained to Apple, sign the petitions please, all together we are strong!

My Problem

Not quite --- I needed the 13 inch fan.

My Fix

Unable to proceed.

My Advice

Could I get a replacement?

My Problem

My MacBook Pro fan's where making a lot of sound. It was annoying and i was worried it would lead to a bigger issue.

My Fix

5 minute repair! It was simple and fast.

My Advice

Don't procrastinate! Its fast and easy!

My Problem

The left fan was noisy. In the past, I was successful in oiling them to quiet them. However, this time that didn't work. I took the laptop apart and cleaned the fan and tried to oil it. However, I was reluctant to try to take the fan itself apart.

My Fix

The repair went smoothly. This was my third time inside the machine (once to add/replace memory, once to clean and oil the original fan). There isn't anything really exciting to report. I dropped a screw but I always do that at least once per project. I was able to find it so no missing screws.

My Advice

This repair involves tiny screws. It's really easy to over torque them and strip the threads. Don't do it. The three holding the fan are just finger tight.

I bought my fan through iFixit. First, I wanted to make sure I was buying the correct fan. iFixit helped me with that. Second, they told me the Apple part number for the fan which allowed me to shop around. However, it's almost impossible to tell if a fan sold as "new" is really new or not. I ended up buying a new fan from iFixit. Yes, I paid more but the fan I received looks new and runs flawlessly. I'm willing to pay a bit extra for parts from a company which A) lets me see a guide for free and B) doesn't hide the manufacturer's part number.

My Problem

A friend was over and was using his mod-2010 unibody 15" MacBook Pro. I noticed it was making a loud noise and asked how long it had been doing that. He answered "A while but I got used to it." After yelling at him and making him back it up, I took it to my bench and opened it up. With a can of compressed air, I immediately confirmed that it was the left fan (probably the bearings) and could show him using the air alone. Time for a new fan!

My Fix

Except for the one stripped screw on the case bottom, the repair couldn't have gone easier. I had looked up the iFixit repair guide before ordering the correct fan. The guide specified which Torx bit I would need, so I dug that out, and also recommended a Spudger (which I've always wanted) so I ordered that along with the new fan. I will admit I shopped around for price on the part, and considering shipping cost and speed also I found that iFixit was the best deal. The parts arrived much faster than predicted, and thanks to the spudger it took about five minutes to replace the fan. Having the iFixit Magnetic Project Mat to hold the screws made it even quicker! End result: The MacBook runs much quieter and cooler, and the battery lasts longer.

My Advice

I'm an experienced computer troubleshooter and repairer, but I think pretty much anyone with even a tiny amount of manual dexterity could have diagnosed this issue with the help of the Internet, and using the iFixit guide have easily found and ordered the correct part, and installed it quickly and easily without help. The iFixit guide lists this repair as moderate difficulty (probably because of the need for the Torx screwdriver) but it is really easy if you have the proper tools and can keep track of small screws!

My Problem

Bloated battery and dead fans, I had a top of the line 2010 MBP that was getting long-in-tooth. My wife had accidentally destroyed her MBP last year so I decided to refurbish mine and give it to her. The battery was hardly holding a charge and started to bloat. The cooling fans were making a lot of noise, and I think one of them had already failed.

My Fix

The repair was very easy. Don't let the internal batteries of newer MBPs intimidate you, they're relatively easy to replace. The fans were very straightforward as well.

My Advice

The ifixit guides are sufficient

My Problem

my macbook has just turned 3 and the fans actually started making noise at 2.5 years but tolerable took in to apple 2 weeks before applecare expires but they find nothing...

My Fix

i ordered the fans from IFIXIT replaced them within 15 minutes and now i have silence

My Advice

this is such an easy replacement and now my macbook is good as new.

My Problem

My MBPs left fan was really noisy.

My Fix

pretty simple - opened up the case, took some screws and a cable out, put the new fan in. closed it. took about 10 minutes.

My Advice

as always - use the right tools and you won't get stuck.