1. Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

      • Three 13.5 mm (14.1 mm) Phillips screws.

      • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • When removing these screws, note how they come out at a slight angle. They must be reinstalled the same way.

  2. Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.
    • Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.

    • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

  3. For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified. Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.
    • For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.

    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.

  4. Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.
    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

  5. Remove the two 7.4 mm Tri-point screws securing the battery to the upper case.
    • Remove the two 7.4 mm Tri-point screws securing the battery to the upper case.

  6. Carefully peel the battery warning label off the upper case between the battery and the optical drive to reveal an additional Tri-point screw.
    • Carefully peel the battery warning label off the upper case between the battery and the optical drive to reveal an additional Tri-point screw.

    • Remove the last 7.4 mm Y0 Tri-point screw securing the battery to the upper case.

    • Do not remove the label from the battery.

  7. Use the attached plastic pull tab to remove the battery from the upper case.
    • Use the attached plastic pull tab to remove the battery from the upper case.

    • If you're installing a new battery, you should calibrate it after installation:

      • Charge it to 100%, and then keep charging it for at least 2 more hours. Next, unplug and use it normally to drain the battery. When you see the low battery warning, save your work, and keep your laptop on until it goes to sleep due to low battery. Wait at least 5 hours, then charge your laptop uninterrupted to 100%.

      • If you notice any unusual behavior or problems after installing your new battery, you may need to reset your MacBook's SMC.

  8. Remove the following three screws securing the left fan  to the logic board:
    • Remove the following three screws securing the left fan to the logic board:

      • Two 3.5 mm T6 Torx screws.

      • One 4.2 mm T6 Torx screw.

  9. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the left fan connector from the logic board. It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector. The fan socket and the fan connector can be seen in the second and third pictures. Be careful not to break the plastic fan socket off the logic board as you use your spudger to lift the fan connector straight up and out of its socket.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the left fan connector from the logic board.

    • It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.

    • The fan socket and the fan connector can be seen in the second and third pictures. Be careful not to break the plastic fan socket off the logic board as you use your spudger to lift the fan connector straight up and out of its socket.

      • The layout of the logic board shown in the second picture may look slightly different than your machine but the fan socket is the same.

  10. Lift the left fan out of the upper case.
    • Lift the left fan out of the upper case.

  11. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the right fan connector out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the right fan connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.

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  13. Remove the three 3.4 mm (3.1 mm) T6 Torx screws securing the right fan to the logic board. Lift the right fan out of its opening in the logic board.
    • Remove the three 3.4 mm (3.1 mm) T6 Torx screws securing the right fan to the logic board.

    • Lift the right fan out of its opening in the logic board.

  14. Pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Don't lift upward on the camera cable as you disconnect it. Pulling upward on the cable may damage both the cable and the logic board. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

  15. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth connector up from its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  16. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the optical drive connector out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the optical drive connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  17. Disconnect the hard drive/IR sensor cable from its socket on the logic board by lifting up from beneath its connector.
    • Disconnect the hard drive/IR sensor cable from its socket on the logic board by lifting up from beneath its connector.

  18. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the subwoofer/right speaker connector out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the subwoofer/right speaker connector out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Pry up from beneath the wires.

  19. Remove the two 1.5 mm ( 1.2 mm ) Phillips screws securing the keyboard/trackpad cable cover to the logic board. Lift the cover off the logic board and set it aside.
    • Remove the two 1.5 mm ( 1.2 mm ) Phillips screws securing the keyboard/trackpad cable cover to the logic board.

    • Lift the cover off the logic board and set it aside.

  20. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  21. Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF socket. Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.
    • Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the keyboard ribbon cable out of its socket.

  22. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery indicator connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery indicator connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  23. Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer. Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.

    • Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

  24. Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard backlight ribbon cable ZIF socket. Be sure you are flipping up the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard backlight ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are flipping up the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the keyboard backlight ribbon cable out of its socket.

  25. Remove the following nine screws:
    • Remove the following nine screws:

      • Seven 3.4 mm ( 3.1 mm) T6 Torx screws on the logic board

      • Two 8 mm T6 Torx screws on the DC-In board

  26. Carefully lift the logic board assembly from its left side and work it out of the upper case, minding the optical drive cable and the I/O ports that may get caught during removal. If necessary, use the flat end of a spudger to separate the microphone from the upper case. Pull the I/O port side of the logic board away from the side of the upper case and remove the logic board assembly.
    • Carefully lift the logic board assembly from its left side and work it out of the upper case, minding the optical drive cable and the I/O ports that may get caught during removal.

    • If necessary, use the flat end of a spudger to separate the microphone from the upper case.

    • Pull the I/O port side of the logic board away from the side of the upper case and remove the logic board assembly.

  27. Lay the logic board down on a soft flat surface with the heat sink facing up.
    • Lay the logic board down on a soft flat surface with the heat sink facing up.

    • Remove the six #1 Phillips screws securing the heat sink to the logic board.

    • Keep track of the small springs housed under each screw.

  28. Remove the heat sink from the logic board.
    • Remove the heat sink from the logic board.

    • If the heat sink appears to be stuck to the logic board after removing all six screws, it may be helpful to use a spudger to separate the two components.

    • If you need to mount the heat sink back onto the logic board, we have a thermal paste guide that makes replacing the thermal compound easy.

  29. If necessary, lift the microphone out of its recess in the left speaker housing.
    • If necessary, lift the microphone out of its recess in the left speaker housing.

  30. Remove the two 5 mm Phillips screws securing the left speaker to the logic board.
    • Remove the two 5 mm Phillips screws securing the left speaker to the logic board.

  31. If present, remove the small strip of black tape covering the left speaker connector.
    • If present, remove the small strip of black tape covering the left speaker connector.

    • Carefully pull the left speaker wires upward to lift the left speaker connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  32. Carefully pull the microphone cables upward to lift the microphone connector out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Carefully pull the microphone cables upward to lift the microphone connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  33. Pull the DC-In board cables toward the heat sink to disconnect the DC-In board from its socket on the logic board.
    • Pull the DC-In board cables toward the heat sink to disconnect the DC-In board from its socket on the logic board.

    • Pull the cables parallel to the face of the logic board.

  34. Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the RAM. These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.
    • Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the RAM.

    • These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

    • After the RAM chip has popped up, pull it straight out of its socket.

    • Repeat this process if a second RAM chip is installed.

    • Logic board remains.

    • If you need to mount the heat sink back onto the logic board, we have a thermal paste guide that makes replacing the thermal compound easy.

まとめ

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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For step 5 and 6, maybe a reference could be added to a screwdriver for the Tri-wing screws - this seems quite difficult to find (and in the right size...).

Else I agree to what was said before - an excellent guide!

Jan Hedlund - 返信

ifixit does it again. Thanks so much for making this resource available. Macbooks are so expensive and its great to be able to fix them and keep em going.

lkaneshiro - 返信

where's a good place to find decent condition logic boards My son was in Afghanistan and there for a long fricking time. While he was gone I had gotten him a MACBOOK Pro 15 loaded anyway It was made in mid-2012 He didn''t even get to use until he was home in 2015 and I hadn't used it. after a couple months he got the froze gray screen with apple logo. Called apple did every single thing possible. Finally they said bring into service center. I did they said would have to go in for repair and wasn't a retina display so I would have to pay . They couldn't tell me exact cost but esitmated at oveer $500.So I googled and I guess it's the graphics which you'd need to replace LB what do you think? Is there another fix? I can do work on windows stuff all the time just never Mac this will be my first. So need good sources if you can help I'd appreciate it. Russ

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