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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the USB-C board in a 2018 MacBook Air.

  1. MacBook Air 13” Retina Display Late 2018 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the screws securing the lower case: étape 1, image 1 de 1
    • Before starting this procedure, you should disable your Mac's Auto Boot feature. Auto Boot powers on your Mac when you open the lid, and may be accidentally triggered during disassembly. Use this guide to disable Auto Boot.

    • If your MacBook is running Big Sur v11.1 or later, disabling Auto Boot may not work. You can proceed normally, but make sure to disconnect the battery as soon as you're inside.

    • Completely power off and unplug your MacBook Air before you start. Close the display and flip the entire laptop upside-down.

    • Use a P5 driver to remove the following screws:

    • Two 7.9 mm screws

    • Two 7.1 mm screws

    • Six 2.6 mm screws

  2. MacBook Air 13” Retina Display Late 2018 USB-C Board Replacement, Remove the lower case: étape 2, image 1 de 1
    • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

    • Remove the lower case.

  3. MacBook Air 13” Retina Display Late 2018 USB-C Board Replacement, Disconnect the battery: étape 3, image 1 de 1
    • Peel back the tape covering the battery connector enough to reveal the connector underneath.

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    • Use a spudger to slide the battery connector parallel to the logic board and out of its socket on the logic board.

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    • Use a T3 Torx driver to remove the two 1.4 mm screws securing the USB-C connector bracket.

    • Remove the USB-C connector bracket.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the USB-C cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  7. MacBook Air 13” Retina Display Late 2018 USB-C Board Replacement: étape 7, image 1 de 1
    • Use a T4 Torx driver to remove the two 2.9 mm screws securing the USB-C board.

  8. MacBook Air 13” Retina Display Late 2018 USB-C Board Replacement: étape 8, image 1 de 1
    • Remove the USB-C board.

Conclusion

Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

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would the steps be the same for late 2016 13 inchs? i don't see a guide for that. also why this so much easier than 2015 guide which is 37 steps lol

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