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Introduction

Use this guide to replace a dead or noisy fan.

    • Before proceeding, power down your MacBook. Close the display and lay it on a soft surface, top-side down.

    • Use a P5 Pentalobe driver to remove ten screws securing the lower case, of the following lengths:

    • Two 9 mm screws

    • Eight 2.6 mm screws

  1. MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Fan Replacement: 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 and set it aside.

  2. MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Fan Replacement, Battery Connector: étape 3, image 1 de 2 MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Fan Replacement, Battery Connector: étape 3, image 2 de 2
    • As a precaution against accidental discharge or shock, disconnect the battery connector from the logic board.

    • Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board.

    • Be sure to pull the connector horizontally toward the battery, and not straight up from the Air, or you may damage the socket on the logic board.

  3. MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Fan Replacement, I/O Board Cable: étape 4, image 1 de 1
    • 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.

  4. MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Fan Replacement: étape 5, image 1 de 1
    • Carefully peel the I/O board cable from the top of the fan.

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    • The following connector has an especially deep socket. Use care when disconnecting it.

    • 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.

    • Remove the I/O board cable.

  6. MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Fan Replacement, Fan: étape 7, image 1 de 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the fan cable ZIF socket.

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

  7. MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Fan Replacement: étape 8, image 1 de 1
    • Peel the rubber gasket off the adhesive on the top of the fan.

  8. MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Fan Replacement: étape 9, image 1 de 1
    • Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the upper case:

    • One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw

    • One 2.7 mm T5 Torx screw

    • One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw with a short head

  9. MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Fan Replacement: étape 10, image 1 de 1
    • 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.

Conclusion

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

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4 commentaires

Great guide! Worked seamlessly! Big thumbs up!

Chris Strickland - Réponse

The 13” mid 2012 requires a P4 Pentalobe screwdriver to remove case and change the fan.

The P5 is too large.

Mario Salas - Réponse

MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 repaired! Thank you for this great guide. I have used:

- Tournevis Pentalobe P5

- Tournevis Torx T5

- Halberd Spudger

- Spudger (carbon)

Digital Blended - Réponse

I recently replaced my battery (thanks to your awesome guidance and battery!). When I opened the cover, I saw that there was so much dust in there from over the years. I wiped off what I could and used a cotton swab to gently removed what I could. I noticed that there was tons and tons of dust on the inner ring of the fan. It seems to work but I have had issues with overheating. I am wondering whether I need to get a new fan or whether I can try cleaning the fan I have. If the latter, how do I do that? Should I just use one of those air cans that one uses for removing dust between keyboard keys? Or is there some other, better way to do it, without damaging anything?

Larisa Reznik - Réponse

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