Introduction

Replace your port hatch assembly to fix issues with the headphone jack and/or the USB/Micro-DVI ports.

Unplug your MacBook Air and power it off before you proceed.
  • Unplug your MacBook Air and power it off before you proceed.

  • Remove ten Phillips screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Air:

    • Six 2.8 mm screws

    • Two 3.8 mm screws

    • Two 5.4 mm screws

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Slightly lift the lower case near the vents and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.
  • Slightly lift the lower case near the vents and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.

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  • Disconnect the battery connector by pulling it straight out of its socket.

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  • Remove the following nine screws securing the battery to the Air:

    • Four 2.9 mm Phillips.

    • Four 3.8 mm Phillips.

    • One 7.2 mm Phillips.

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  • Lift the battery out of the Air.

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  • Remove the following two screws securing the speaker assembly to the upper case.

    • One 3 mm Phillips.

    • One 5.8 mm Phillips.

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  • Use a spudger to lift the audio-out connector board off the adhesive that secures it to the hard drive bracket.

  • Disconnect the audio out connector from its socket.

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  • Rotate the speaker assembly toward the center of the Air.

  • Use a spudger to pry the speaker cable connector up off the audio board.

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  • Disconnect the port hatch ribbon cable from the logic board by pulling it straight up by its black pull tab.

  • If necessary, pull the audio out ribbon cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

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  • Remove the four 3.2 mm Phillips screws securing the port hatch assembly to the upper case.

  • Lift the port hatch assembly out of the upper case.

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Conclusion

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

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