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|MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Early 2013||
|MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012||
The left fan on my Macbook Pro suddenly started emitting a wicked loud noise. I thought the computer was about to explode. But the computer was working fine, and it took me a few minutes to isolate the fan as the source of the terrors.
The repair kit came insanely fast--like a whole week earlier than I expected. I pulled up the instructions on the iPad and went to work. The difficulty rating was high, but I was able to get it done in less than an hour without any problems. (And I've never opened a laptop before!)
I pulled out a couple teacups. As I disassembled the Macbook, I placed the the different sized screws in separate labelled cups. Made reassembly a breeze.
The left fan on my Mac got louder after being dropped. It was just enough to be noticeable in a quiet room.
The repair went well, except, I broke and misplaced the flat flex cable connector retention clip. It wasn't clear from the instructions what direction the clip moved to open to release the fan cable. I used the spudger tip and the clip broke off and flew away. I tracked it down and tried to re-install it. It fell off later, but, the fan still works...for now.
Be very careful while opening the clip. Figure out whether it rotates or slides and take it very slowly. Good news, even without the clip the fan will probably work.
All of a sudden when turning on my macbook the left side of the unit was extremely loud and I could tell it was a fan since the system still worked fine. I wasn't sure if the fan was shot or if it just needed to be cleaned, but since I didn't have a P5 Pentalobe screwdriver yet I decided to order one along with a fan.
So easy. I've been inside various MacBooks in the past so I wasn't scared of breaking anything. The instructions were crystal clear and with the spudger, P5 and T5, the repair took me 10 minutes. Most of that was taking the screws off the back and putting them back in.
Get the tools they suggest. Follow the instructions. Can't go wrong.