MacBook Air 13 (Late 2010 - 2017) Fan Replacement

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Difficulty

Easy

Steps

19

Time Required

0.5 hours

Introduction

This is a guide for a fan replacement for the MacBook Air 13 (Late 2010 - 2017).

Tools Required

P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver

T5 Torx Screwdriver

Parts

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Fan for MacBook Air 13 inch A1369 Late 2010 - Mid 2011, A1466 Mid 2012 - 2017

$10.00

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Precautions

• Work on a clear and open surface. • Careful when unscrewing as the some of the screws are small. • Take note of the screw driver to be used.

Step 1
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Remove the 10 screws as shown in the image. - 2 x 9mm P5 screws (Red Circle) - 8 x 2.6mm P5 screws (Yellow Circle)

Step 2
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Slightly lift up lower the case and push it towards the rear of the laptop to free the mounting tabs

Step 3
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Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it towards the front of the edge to disconnect the battery

Step 4
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Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the I/O board cable connector upward out of its socket on the I/O board.

Step 5
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Carefully peel the I/O board cable from the top of the fan.

Step 6
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While gently pulling the I/O board cable upward near its connection to the logic board, use the tip of a spudger to pry upward on alternating sides of the connector to help "walk" it out of its socket.

Step 7
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Use the tip of a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the fan cable ZIF socket.

Step 8
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Peel the rubber gasket off the adhesive on the top of the fan.

Step 9
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Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the upper case: One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw (Yellow Circle) One 2.7 mm T5 Torx screw (Red Circle) One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw with a short head (Orange Circle)

Step 10
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Lift the fan out of the upper case and carefully pull the fan ribbon cable out of its socket as you remove it from the Air.

Step 11
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Peel off the sticker on the new fan

Step 12
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Insert the new fan into the chassis

Step 13
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Secure back the following three screws securing the fan to the upper case: One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw (Yellow Circle) One 2.7 mm T5 Torx screw (Red Circle) One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw with a short head (Orange Circle)

Step 14
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Place back the rubber gasket

Step 15
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Insert back the fan cable into the logic down. Flip down the retaining flap

Step 16
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Place back the I/O board cable to the logic board

Step 17
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Connect back the battery connector to its socket

Step 18
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Place the lower case back onto the laptop

Step 19
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Screw back the 10 screws to secure the lower case - 2 x 9mm P5 screws (Red Circle) - 8 x 2.6mm P5 screws (Yellow Circle)


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