MacBook Unibody (Model No. A1278)/MBP 13" (Mid 2009) Unibody Fan

Not for sale

Product code: IF160-017
Apple Part #: 661-4946

 
 

MacBook Unibody (Model No. A1278)/MBP 13" (Mid 2009) Unibody Fan

Not for sale

Product code: IF160-017
Apple Part #: 661-4946

Product Overview

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This fan is fully compatible with the following product:

MacBook Pro Unibody 13" (Mid 2009 to Mid 2012) and MacBook Unibody 13" (A1278 and A1342) Fan

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

If it weren't for wind, models would look less dreamy in convertibles, windmills would get really bored, and Linka would be out of the Planeteers quicker than you can say "Heart!" Guard your MacBook with gust today with our MacBook Unibody (Model No. A1278)/MacBook Pro 13" (Mid 2009) Unibody fan. (You might be out of breath after saying that, but your fan won't.)

Includes fan and surrounding metal bracket.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • 2 or 2.4 GHz (Model No. A1278) Unibody 13" MacBooks
  • 2 or 2.4 GHz 13" Unibody MacBook Pros
 

Install Videos

 

Replacement Guides

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009

Difficulty: Moderate

MacBook Unibody Model A1278

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009
2.26 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.53 GHz (Mid 2009)
MacBook Unibody Model A1278
2 GHz (A1278)
2.4 GHz (A1278)
 

Stories

My Problem

Fan bearing started getting noisy and then fan started to be slow/intermittent causing overheat shutdown of the MacBook.

My Fix

Watched your video to see what I was in for. Seemed relatively straightforward. Opened up the case and got to the fan. 2 of the 3 Philips screws came out easy. One was REALLY torqued down. I used several bits from my iFixit 56 bit set. Even broke off a corner from one of the very small flat blade bits - had to grind it down back to flat afterwards to repair the bit. Finally found the right combination of Philips bits to unscrew the final screw. Fan came out easily. Your video forewarned me to be careful with popping out the connector. New fan and connector went in easy. Case went back together and all is well with the world. New fan works great. Quiet, smooth, no thermal problems. Laptop is as good as new. Thanks.

My Advice

Have multiple tools (i.e. not just one Philips screwdriver.) Sometimes, that one tool just won't work, so have a second, third, etc. choice. Make sure you watch the video BEFORE you even get started.

My Problem

CPU temperatures had started to spike on my laptop (80C or higher) while doing mundane things at low percentages of CPU, and fan didn't spin up to cool the machine. Apple did diagnostics, said all was well. Temperature Gauge Pro detected a problem with fan, however, so I ordered a replacement to see if that would fix the problem.

My Fix

Great. Took about 20 minutes, fan works, temperature profile back to normal, laptop is happy again.

My Advice

You should use a #000 Phillips screwdriver, not #00. The screws are easy to strip, and #000 fits better, makes it easier to get tight screws loosened without stripping screws. And, if you stripped a screw with #00, you still might be able to get it out with #000. Also, make sure to pay attention to the shape of the 7 smaller screws in the bottom of the laptop. 4 of them have a larger diameter neck above the threads. Those go in the four holes along the bottom of the case (the edge opposite the hinge, where you open the laptop).

My Problem

Loud noises prompted me to take my Macbook Pro to the Genius Bar. They wanted to keep it for 3+ days to replace the fan, at a pretty significant cost. I happen to be blessed with a very smart teenager who cut his teeth on taking Mac's apart. Quick order on iFixit, an even faster delivery, and voila!

My Fix

Simple simple simple. Took my son about 15 minutes start to finish. Great tutorial. I'm a first time ifixit customer, and you've got me for life. Thanks!

My Advice

Follow the tutorial exactly, and if you're at all hesitant, seek out a smart neighborhood teenager to do the job for you.

My Problem

battery only lasted about an hour fully charged, and it the whole computer would rapidly overheat.

My Fix

A bit scary. The battery went in without a hitch, but when removing the old fan, the socket ripped off of the circuit board. I ended up soldering the individual wires back on. Now it works great though! 5 hrs battery life and fan works much better.

My Advice

BE CAREFUL WHEN REMOVING THE FAN CONNECTOR!

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My Problem

The fan on my MacBook Pro was reaching its end. It was terrible noisy ! I was in the middle of a programming project for the iPhone and making video guide for the new software, when the fan of my computer broke down. I had to stop all recording (Big Blue Yeti mic, ScreenFlow recording...).

My Fix

The video guides from iFixit are excellent and their service is perfect! Now the new fan is in place in my Macbook Pro and I can again continue my work with the recordings - and - listen to radio and music (Madredeus from Portugal and Maxim from Russia, are my favorites!).

With iFixit video guides and a new fan from iFixit it went perfect ! It took about 5 minutes to repair.

My Advice

Shop at iFixit, their service- and products are fantastic! I bought two fans, so that I also have one extra for later use. The shipping and service are very fast - only 6 days to mid-Norway !

I recomend iFixit because of their great service-and products.

Camera tip: Leica V-Lux 4 and Leica D-Lux 6 are two fantastic compact cameras. I plan to buy one of them. Leica quality is the very best. Photo above is from Åfjord, Norway, made by a Nikon camera.

My Problem

The old fan had become noisy - bearings worn out probably. (After taking it out, I could see the blades spun crooked.)

My Fix

Pretty easy repair, only 3 internal screws. The connector is a little tricky since it's so small, you tend to think you're gonna break it. Go slowly around the edges and it'll come out.

My Advice

I'll second something someone else said about the new fan seeming much higher quality - spins much easier, though it seems to be exactly the same part. Could be just that the old one was, in fact, screwed up, and it once spun the way the new one does.

My Problem

My fan was making a god awful sound whenever my macbook would start heating up. This had been happening ever since an unfortunate crepe experience where I managed to spill lemon-sugar syrup into my keyboard.

My Fix

The repair was incredibly straight forward. It was a very minimal risk procedure.

My Advice

Be prepared for a lot of dust if you haven't opened up your macbook since purchasing.

My Problem

The blades on the original fan had broken and was making a lot of noise when it spun up.

My Fix

I've opened the computer many times before so the repair was a piece of cake. ~5 minutes in total.

My Advice

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My Problem

My old fan broke so i had to replace it.

My Fix

The repair was very easy, fan had only 3 screws and the spudger helped me to remove the cable. The tools i ordered were just as described and made for this task.

My Advice

New fan from ifixit is very good (low noise). Only downside was Estonian customs, i had to pay them extra 35$

Sorry for bad english.

My Problem

The fan became too noisy. Cleaning it did not help.

My Fix

Finally it was pretty easy to replace this part on my MacBook Pro following the guide provided by iFixit.

My Advice

Th only thing you have to get to do this job is the good kind of screwdriver. This was not a problem since I had already have to get inside a Mac mini a few months ago.