MacBook Pro 17" Unibody (Early/Mid 2009) Left Fan

$34.95

Product code: IF162-018
Apple Part #: 661-5044

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MacBook Pro 17" Unibody (Early/Mid 2009) Left Fan

$34.95

Product code: IF162-018
Apple Part #: 661-5044

Product Overview

Silence a noisy fan!

If your fan is noisy or quits on the job, it is time to replace it. This part includes the fan and its surrounding metal bracket.

If your screen is facing you, this is the fan on the left side of the machine.

Compatibility

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  • Unibody 17" (Early 2009) MacBook Pros
  • Unibody 17" (Mid 2009) MacBook Pros

Product Details

$34.95 New

 

Condition:

New

$24.95 Used

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

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Compatibility

MacBook Pro 17" Unibody
2.66 GHz (Early 2009)
2.8 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.93 GHz (Early 2009)
3.06 GHz (Mid 2009)
 

Stories

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My Problem

The left fan was making a very loud noise. Like the one you hear when you stick a baseball card in a bikes' spoke. But just to be safe I replaced the right fan too even though it wasn't giving me any problems.

My Fix

The repair was very easy. I removed the screws holding the bottom cover then the three screws holding each of the fans in place. I disconnected the power supply and was able to lift the fans out. I replaced the fans and only screwed the screws in just enough to do a check. I turned on the power and the noise was gone. I finished tightening all the screws and replaced the cover. The entire job took me about 15 minutes. It would have been less if I had my repair tools but I don't where I put them.

My Advice

Make sure you have the right tools.

My Problem

At least one of the fans in my unibody MacBook Pro 17 was making pretty horrific noises. I've had this happen before in MacBook Pro systems. The poor little fans give their all and then die.

My Fix

I replaced both fans just to be sure, it took about 2 minutes to get the case open, and about 2 minutes each to swap the fans. I had to open the machine up a second time since one of the fans had a small rattle to it. It turned out the replacement fan had been compressed slightly in shipping. I quick tweak to the fan, reinstall it, and the machine is back running and happy. I was selling it, so it is now on it's way to Georgia to live out it's years running Qlab in a theme park.

My Advice

If your fans are noisy, do the replacement yourself. It should take less than 10 minutes, and it's dead simple.