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|MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Models A1226 and A1260||
August 19, 2014
The fan was noisy; it made a loud clunking sound and the mac got hot when it was working hard.
I had already replaced the hard drive a couple weeks before so I was fairly comfortable with the dismantling process. I used my iPad to follow the tutorial on your site, I also referred to those on macupgrades.com (where I got the hard drive from and who recommended you). I completely cleared the kitchen table and laid a clean white towel over it which kept all the screws from rolling about and also protected the mac.
The fan is great now, I can hear it cut in when it's needed but it's quiet and powerful. And the mac's running cooler.
Lay your screws carefully out in rows on the towel as you take them out so you can put them back in again in the right order. Watch the videos over and over until you know what you are doing and also play them on another device as you are operating.
July 21, 2014
fan stoped working
quick and easy
use anti static tape to hols cables in place after fan is installed
July 16, 2014
The fans were slowly dying over time and I was ignoring the issue. It wasn't until the fan completely cut out in the system started watchdogging from the machine overheating when I decided that I needed to really get the system repaired so I can get my work done.
Pulled the old fans out put the new fans in. System runs great and is completely quite - no longer sounds like a Ford Model-T about to stall out (when the fans were on their last leg.)
There are a time of screws in the disassembly of the original MacBook Pro. Most of the screws are the same and interchangeable but there are a handful that are different. Use a piece of masking tape to hold them close to the chassis where you remove them so that you don't lose track of where each screw went. Also there's a couple of one off torx screws that I didn't catch in the photos that needed to be removed and for colorblind people the circles do make it difficult to find - if the circles were highlighted in yellow or gold to make them stand out more in the photos it would be greatly helpful.
July 7, 2014
My wife's MacBook had an issue with the right fan making noise. I opened it up and cleaned the fan out, but it soon went back to making the same noise. So I ordered what I thought was the correct fan, though I did not check the specific MacBook model number. It turned out to be the correct fan by part number, but it had the incorrect power fitting for my wife's specific MacBook. I contacted the ifixit crew and they were extremely helpful in getting things sorted out for me and getting me to the page for the correct fan and setting up the return for the incorrect one.
Once I had the correct fan, the replacement was quite easy - the photo guides on the ifixit website were fantastic help (as was having the correct tools), though having opened up my wife's MacBook a total of 3 times didn't hurt either. The complete replacement process took me under 30 minutes (sorry, I did not take any pictures of the process), and now her MacBook runs cooler and much quieter!
As the title says, remember the use the ifixit website to check by the specific MacBook model number to find the correct fan for your machine - even if the fan has the correct part #, it may not have the correct power fitting for your MacBook's motherboard!
February 22, 2014
it started with a clicky sound, much like a hard drive on the blink.
I also noticed the noise got louder as my mac got warmer. so with the help of ifixit i took my mac apart and removed the fans. One was stuck and the other was sticking.
I ordered new fans from ifixit which came a week later.
the repair went very well, i followed the Ifixit guide and put the mac back together, wow silence, I am so pleased with it and with Ifixit.
My advice to anyone is use Ifixit makes the job so easy, i changed my hard drive on my 8 year old iMac using the guide that was easy too and Make sure you have the right tools for the job.
Thanks Everyone at Ifixit.
February 10, 2014
Fan started to make a lot of noise. I downloaded smf fan control and checked the speed - it was running about 1/2 speed. The new fan works like a charm.
The iFixit Kit comes in handy!
January 9, 2014
The fan was extremly Noisy, so I change it !
Quite well, It was not the first time that I open my Mac so I knew where the parts was
sorry, no.... it was a simple operation no ?
Thanks for everyting... next time, I'll take pictures
June 21, 2013
One of the cooling fans in my trusty old MacBook Pro was starting to get noisy, at first only at higher RPM, but then even at low speed. Tired dirty bearings.
I tried ordering a so-called "new" pair of fans from a Chinese distributor, but they were not "new", and worse, they didn't work. They were junk, stripped from old dead Macs! After much threatening and cajoling, I managed to get my money back, and then did what I should have done in the first place -- order from iFixit.
Perfect! The instructions provided by iFixit were excellent, and the photos an immense help.
I'm a retired electro-mechanical engineer, so I'm no stranger to digging into the guts of tech equipment. This repair was easy for me, but might be more challenging for some folks.
Missing from iFixit's instructions were a couple of embellishments I would suggest:
1) Wear an anti-static properly grounded wrist strap before you start. Static electricity can and will wreak all kinds of havoc on delicate solid-state electronics.
2) Use a muffin tin, or several little cups, with Post-It labels: As you remove screws from your Mac, keep the screws from each step of the procedure in a separate cup, labeled according to step number or location on the Mac.
3) Have an aerosol can of compressed air, such as "Aero-Duster", for doing general cleaning and dusting and blowing out of clogged vents in the innards of your Mac while you've got it open.
4) When removing the fan's wire connector, you should pivot this connector upwards where the wires enter the connector, and then lift (or pry) the connector up out of its receptacle. Looking at the connector, you might think it should slide out sideways. But it does not -- it lifts up to remove. And when reinstalling it, place the connector, parallel to the plane of the logic board, over its receptacle, and push it down into the receptacle.
5) You should re-use the old strip of tape which seals the fan to its exhaust vent -- this strip of black tape also has on it a piece of copper foil. The copper foil is needed to provide an electrical path to discharge any static electricity build-up from the fan's housing to the Mac chassis. (Rapidly moving air, as in a cooling fan, will generate static electricity). You will need some additional strips of tape to secure the old strip of tape, as its old adhesive will be tired, dirty and weak. Kapton tape (the orange-colored translucent tape) is great if you have some, but electrician's tape will do.
June 20, 2013
I use my lap top for the brains of my audio interface during live gigs. I was getting an annoying sound coming off the computer, which I feared was the hard drive. I learned how to clone and replace the hard drive but the sound was still there..hence the fan replacement.
the repair was almost too easy. I was afraid of the wire removal part of the fan because it's so small I couldn't see which way to pull or push or whatever was needed. The install instructions definitely came in handy for that part.
At first my fan didn't come on. I took the lap top apart and was going to re install the old fan to see if it would give me a clue as to what I had done wrong or if the fan itself was defective. Instead I tried pushing down on the wire attachment and low and behold it was I assume the connection because the fan came on. I had previously downloaded 2 different apps to control the fan speed and I just looked and both fan are running at around 2000 rpm. I heard that apple doesn't recommend these apps so any advice from you guys will be appreciated. As it stands, because it's all working I'm reticent to fix what isn't broke....thanks very much.
April 22, 2013
Somehow, my MacBook Pro got squeezed in my briefcase and began to get hot and the fan was making an awful racket. I let everything cool off before opening the case. I'm not ready to part with this old Mac, so I ordered the fan, installed it with the help of the great wizards at ifixit.
She's purring like a happy kitten now!
Don't let someone else put your laptop in their overstuffed briefcase!