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Cleaning the cooling fans of a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2015 model

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/14

After years of use, the cooling fans of my 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2015 model got quite a bit dirty, causing them to run louder and louder.

The video below the fold shows how to clean them: 11 screws, some isopropyl alcohol, (dry!) compressed, and caution for the connector-clips connecting the bottom plate.

It helps having a:

  • pentalobe P5 screwdriver
  • plastic spudger so separate the bottom plate (especially be careful with the connector-clips)
  • magnet to stick the screws to, as they are really tiny and it is easy to loose them

I got the pentalobe screwdriver with some spare screws from the German Amazon: [Archive.is] Kricson Ersatzschrauben MacBook Pro – 4 Pack Gummi: Amazon.de: Computer & Zubehör

You can get a similar one from the USA Amazon site: [Archive.is] Amazon.com: 8 Pack Rubber Case Feet + Set of 20pcs Repair Replacement Screw + 1pcs 5 Point Pentalobe Screwdriver for Unibody MacBook Pro Retina A1425 A1502 A1398 13″ 15″ Bottom Case(Retina): Computers & Accessories

Two important tips:

  • After using isopropyl alcohol, let the parts dry
  • Hold the fans when spraying compressed air (to prevent the fan-motors to create over-voltage, and to prevent the fans spinning faster than they are rated for)

The iFixit pictures for replacing the SSD help greatly to see how to remove and re-attach the back-cover, and where the various parts are inside the machines.

Note the screws differ between the 13-inch and 15-inch models!

–jeroen

Video for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro

Video for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

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