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Введение

Put a smile on your face and replace your upper case.

  1. 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

  2. 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.
    • Slightly lift the lower case near the vents and push it toward the rear of the computer to free the mounting tabs.

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

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

  5. Lift the battery out of the Air.
    • Lift the battery out of the Air.

    • If you're installing a new battery, you should calibrate it after installation:

    • Charge it to 100%, and then keep charging it for at least 2 more hours. Then, unplug and use it normally to drain the battery. When you see the low battery warning, save your work, and keep your laptop on until it goes to sleep due to low battery. Wait at least 5 hours, then charge your laptop uninterrupted to 100%.

    • If you notice any unusual behavior or problems after installing your new battery, you may need to reset your MacBook's SMC.

  6. Disconnect the port hatch ribbon cable from the logic board by pulling it straight up by its black pull tab. Pull the audio out ribbon cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case. Use a spudger to pry the audio out ribbon cable connector board off the hard drive bracket.
    • Disconnect the port hatch ribbon cable from the logic board by pulling it straight up by its black pull tab.

    • Pull the audio out ribbon cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

    • Use a spudger to pry the audio out ribbon cable connector board off the hard drive bracket.

  7. Disconnect the audio out cable from its socket on the port hatch ribbon cable.
    • Disconnect the audio out cable from its socket on the port hatch ribbon cable.

  8. Use a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up off the logic board.
    • Use a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up off the logic board.

  9. Use the sharp end of a spudger to de-route the microphone cable from the hard drive bracket. Remove the cosmetic screw cover from the adhesive securing it to the hard drive bracket.
    • Use the sharp end of a spudger to de-route the microphone cable from the hard drive bracket.

    • Remove the cosmetic screw cover from the adhesive securing it to the hard drive bracket.

  10. Remove the four Phillips screws securing the hard drive assembly to the upper case:
    • Remove the four Phillips screws securing the hard drive assembly to the upper case:

    • Two 4.7 mm screws.

    • Two 3.9 mm screws.

  11. Lift the hard drive assembly out of the upper case.
    • Lift the hard drive assembly out of the upper case.

  12. Use the tip of a spudger to pull the fan cable connector straight away from its connector on the logic board.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the fan cable connector straight away from its connector on the logic board.

  13. Use the tip of a spudger to move the cosmetic fan cover aside. Use the tip of a spudger to move the cosmetic fan cover aside.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to move the cosmetic fan cover aside.

  14. If you have the original version of the MacBook Air (A1237), refer to picture 1. Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board: One 5.9 mm Phillips screw.
    • If you have the original version of the MacBook Air (A1237), refer to picture 1. Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board:

    • One 5.9 mm Phillips screw.

    • Two 1.9 mm Phillips screws.

    • One 1.9 mm Phillips screw.

    • If you have the A1304 version of MacBook Air, refer to picture 2. Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board:

    • One 5.0 mm Phillips screw

    • Five 1.9 mm Philips screws.

    • One 2.5 mm Phillips screw.

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  16. Lift the processor clamp off the heat sink.
    • Lift the processor clamp off the heat sink.

  17. Deroute the microphone cable away from the channel in the fan.
    • Deroute the microphone cable away from the channel in the fan.

  18. Lift the heat sink up off the logic board.
    • Lift the heat sink up off the logic board.

    • Be mindful of the microphone cable when lifting the heat sink, as it can get tangled on the top edge of the fan.

    • When you mount the heat sink back onto the logic board, be sure to apply a new layer of thermal paste. We have a guide that makes replacing the thermal paste easy.

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

  20. If present, remove the small piece of black tape covering the microphone cable connector.
    • If present, remove the small piece of black tape covering the microphone cable connector.

    • Disconnect the microphone cable by pulling its connector straight away from the socket on the logic board.

  21. Remove the two small Phillips screws securing the logic board bracket to the upper case. Lift the logic board bracket out of the upper case.
    • Remove the two small Phillips screws securing the logic board bracket to the upper case.

    • Lift the logic board bracket out of the upper case.

  22. Use a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth and trackpad control cable connectors up off the logic board. Use a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth and trackpad control cable connectors up off the logic board.
    • Use a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth and trackpad control cable connectors up off the logic board.

  23. Disconnect the DC-In cable by pulling its connector straight away from the socket on the logic board.
    • Disconnect the DC-In cable by pulling its connector straight away from the socket on the logic board.

  24. Remove the small Phillips screw securing the display data cable ground loop to the upper case. Disconnect the display data cable by pulling its connector straight away from the socket on the logic board.
    • Remove the small Phillips screw securing the display data cable ground loop to the upper case.

    • Disconnect the display data cable by pulling its connector straight away from the socket on the logic board.

  25. Remove the three Phillips screws securing the logic board to the upper case.
    • Remove the three Phillips screws securing the logic board to the upper case.

  26. Lift the logic board out of the upper case.
    • Lift the logic board out of the upper case.

  27. Remove the two following screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board bracket to the upper case:
    • Remove the two following screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board bracket to the upper case:

    • One 4.7 mm Phillips.

    • One 3.9 mm Phillips.

  28. Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket out of the upper case.
    • Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket out of the upper case.

  29. Use a spudger to pry the three antenna cables up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.
    • Use a spudger to pry the three antenna cables up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

  30. Peel the antenna cables up off the adhesive securing them to the upper case.
    • Peel the antenna cables up off the adhesive securing them to the upper case.

  31. Remove the single Phillips screw securing the microphone cable ground loop to the upper case.
    • Remove the single Phillips screw securing the microphone cable ground loop to the upper case.

  32. Remove the following 15 screws:
    • Remove the following 15 screws:

    • Thirteen 2.3 mm Phillips.

    • Two T6 Torx.

    • Leave one T6 Torx screw in each side of the display bracket.

  33. Open the Air so the display is perpendicular to the upper case and place it on a table as shown.
    • Open the Air so the display is perpendicular to the upper case and place it on a table as shown.

    • While holding the top of the Air with one hand, remove the T6 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.

  34. Be sure to hold the Air together while you remove the last Torx screw. Failure to do so may cause the display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging both components.
    • Be sure to hold the Air together while you remove the last Torx screw. Failure to do so may cause the display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging both components.

    • Remove the T6 Torx screw from the upper display bracket.

  35. Pull the upper case straight away from the display, minding any cables that may get caught.
    • Pull the upper case straight away from the display, minding any cables that may get caught.

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

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

    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pry the audio cable connector up off the audio board.

  38. Remove the four partially threaded Phillips screws securing the port hatch assembly to the upper case. Lift the port hatch assembly out of the upper case.
    • Remove the four partially threaded Phillips screws securing the port hatch assembly to the upper case.

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

  39. Peel the audio cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.
    • Peel the audio cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

  40. Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad control cable socket. Peel the trackpad control cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case. Pull the trackpad control cable out of its socket.
    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad control cable socket.

    • Peel the trackpad control cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

    • Pull the trackpad control cable out of its socket.

  41. Use a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth cable connector up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board. Peel the AirPort/Bluetooth cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.
    • Use a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth cable connector up off the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    • Peel the AirPort/Bluetooth cable off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

  42. Remove the single Phillips screw securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board to the upper case. Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth board out of the upper case.
    • Remove the single Phillips screw securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board to the upper case.

    • Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth board out of the upper case.

  43. Remove the two Phillips screws securing the DC-In board to the upper case. Lift the DC-In board out of the upper case.
    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the DC-In board to the upper case.

    • Lift the DC-In board out of the upper case.

    • Upper case remains.

Заключение

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

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Комментариев: 5

Although my upper case installation went perfect and my macbook Air never operated better all of the sudden my mouse pad , the part that clicks somehow started to respond slow and now takes more tan one or two clicks to register but I do not think it's your fault. If you have any suggestions on how to make it work better it would be appreciated, maybe If I tried to clean it out with isopropyl alcohol to clean it, it might help.

Kind Regards, It was fun fixing my macbook air.

Also It would have helpful to have a few extra small screws as I stripped one in the display to top case connection.

organicgarden - Ответить

it is possible to remove the motherboard without removing the fan and heat sink.

just remove the red screw on step 14.

then you can skip step 15 and 17

and take of the motherboard at step 25 with fan and heat sink attached.

after that there is no need for thermal paste.

oscar - Ответить

I would say 2 things. First, you will need the exact match of the model (for example A1237) plus the rest of the product specific (exact year of make). For example my model is A1237 but the upper case I bought didn't quite match especially the locations of the inner screws. I could not fit 6No screws back in when reassembling together. Without these screws the macbook air was put together and working ok but if you have a choice you want to get the exact match product. Secondly, screws. Some screws just won't come off. First thing you need a good screwdriver to unscrew a very tight and some are forced into position when assembled in factory. If you cannot take them out, take it to a computer guru who has the right hand. Seriously. I had problem with 3No screws they just won't come off. I forced it and damaged the screws. Luckily a specialist helped me to unscrew them and he told me that it's a known problem on macbook air. Other than that the replacement of the upper case was pleasantly done.

Kazuyo - Ответить

Worked Perfectly! Thank you!

curtwoz - Ответить

These intructions worked great. I ended up not taking off the cooling fan and then heat sink which saved a lot of time and I think reduced the risk of me screwing something up. Thanks!!!!1

Stacy Meares - Ответить

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