During this process, would a heat gun help to soften up the glue?
This step seems to be leaving out a crucial part: removing the other hinge, the one opposite where the ribbon cable threads through. And it is not easy! You basically have to “pick” at it with a small screwdriver or tweezers, trying to tease it out. I did a pretty poor job, mauling it terribly but eventually got it out without destroying it. (Used some WD-40 in the end which might have helped; I sprayed into a cup, then dabbed it on the hinge with a toothpick. Made sure to clean it all off when I before reassembly.) This video shows a successful hinge removal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuu_T2ls...
Some might see this as an optional step. But you probably do NOT want to skip this. I did, and now I have malfunctions on the Nintendo (touch screen functionality not working, possibly as a result of shorts from skipping this step.)
This is a great repair instructional, but I would advise also looking at the below video link. (I used both.) Sometimes watching 2 repair guides can help when you think you think you’re stuck. For example, I had a really hard time getting the hinge off!
(HINT: Works best if you rotate it 180 degrees, so that you are repairing it from the same perspective as the technician)
Notice how the Bezel is broken in the middle picture? Be aware of how delicate it is! (But if you do break it (like I did). No big whoop. Just a drop of super glue when you are reassembling it and no one will ever notice.
DO NOT USE THE “TEARDOWN VIDEO” AS A GUIDE for this; you’ll notice in that video all four screws are broken off! Also: You do NOT need a hot gun to warm the adhesive. Just use a flat rectangular spudger-type tool: insert and work it down. (Maybe use an Exacto blade to gently start it off, then go spudger all the way.) I made a spudger out of the material used in plastic milk containers and it worked great: came off easy with no heat gun, no bending or deformation of the plastic cover.
This is an optional step. You can get the red wifi antenna wire out without taking out the plate.
The 'churning' I heard was actually the left fan inside the system, which I managed to disassemble so I could lubricate the sleeve bearing with a touch of mineral oil - now it's as quiet as ever and works great.
@shdowflare (Brian M) [Somewhat tangential to this guide, but:] wow, do I feel dumb. I’ve replaced 3 sets of fans in my MBP’s lifetime, due to the inevitable noise that arises after 2-3 years of use. Never thought of just trying mineral oil to relube the fans.
The spudger works well for detaching the connector.
Replying to Andrew Optimus Goldberg: Well, yeah, but ifixit is selling the part at the extreme high-end of the price range. Plus, they dont even tell you which Chinese manufacturer they are using, so you can't check it for reliability/problems.
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