Use this guide to replace a dead or noisy fan.

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

    • Remove the following ten screws:

      • Two 9 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

      • Eight 2.6 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • The special screwdriver needed to remove the ten 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

  1. Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Peel the rubber gasket off the adhesive on the top of the fan.

    • 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

    • 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.


38 andere personen hebben deze handleiding voltooid.

i accidentaly ripped of the socket of the fan cabel,

can i just glue it back ate the contacts where it was ?

dani96an - Antwoord

I did the same thing I broke the retaining flap. I posted for assistance at this site a while back but I have had no answer. Is the retaining flap a replaceable item? I ordered a new fan thinking with would come included but nada

asini1 - Antwoord

I also broke the retaining flap. For now, I just reinserted the ribbon. Is the function of the retaining flap just to hold the ribbon in place? Since then my computer has been entering sleep mode/shutting down during use, but I also did a battery replacement recently.

bee.chelsie - Antwoord

Good stuff! Thanks.


Don Swanner - Antwoord

Got it flawlessly! Thanks!

Juan Cuevas - Antwoord


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