You don’t really need to wait 2 to 3 minutes. It starts dissolving right away. In fact if you wait too long, it will dry up again.
I was wondering how it could leak. I suppose you could spill it, or flood the battery space with it and it leaks through the trackpad.
Acetone is not the greatest thing but it’s in common solvents. For example, it’s in nail polish remover. It’s a good idea to do this in a well ventilated area.
I like how iFixit decides to dye the acetone blue….. it's normally clear.
Yeah there’s a tiny smidgen of glue around the speaker itself. I just slowly put force on it and it ripped off quite easily.
Glue was long gone. It just flops over by itself.
Note: Early 2013 Retina Macbook Pro TRACKPAD REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTIONS.
IFixit only has instructions for the 13” early 2013 retina trackpad, not the 15” and they are quite different. You have to remove the battery to replace the trackpad in the 15” retina.
When you remove the battery, you see a brown plate covering the trackpad and a single screw. Do not mess with the screw - that’s just the click adjustment. Simply pry off the plate with the spludger. Then you’ll see six tiny phillips silver screws - undo all of them and then push the touchpad plate out. It was pretty easy to put the new one back in. Then finally test the trackpad clickiness on the corners and middle and adjust the screw until it “feels right”
Yeah, I agree, just leave the airport card attached to the pins and remove the card itself. Then you won’t have to fuss with these connectors.
Agreed, for some reason, the middle one was stubborn — and I was worried the amount of force I applied to push it back on was going to break something - but it did pop back on.
Joel - the purpose of all of the trouble in removing the logic board is to make sure that you don’t damage anything when you start pull out the battery. After this step - it’s true, you have about 12 connectors and dozens of screws to unplug, but I didn’t have any major problems.
REASSEMBLY - I had to use alot of force to get the official IFIXIT battery connect to push into place to actually connect. I was worried that one of the wires would stress and break. It worked, but it was not super easy this part.
You don’t need more than 1mil. It will use capillary action and go along the entire side.
IMHO, you can start wedging about 20 seconds. The acetone dissolves the adhesive almost immediately, and acetone dries up really fast.
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