Saturday, June 18, 2016

How to replace the display – Apple MacBook Air 13 – Laptop repair and service

Category: Laptop Repair and Service 

Contents of this article 

  • How to remove the bottom case
  • How to remove the battery
  • How to remove the display 

Apple MacBook Air 13

DISPLAY REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE 
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.
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.
To ensure that everything is de-energized and won't turn on while you're working, it is recommended that you disconnect the battery. 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. Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it.
Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the I/O board cable connector up out of its socket on the I/O board.
Carefully peel the I/O board cable from the adhesive securing it to 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 flat end of a spudger to pry up 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 from the I/O board side and pull it free from the upper case. Removing the fan will also disconnect the fan ribbon cable. Be careful not to snag it.
Disconnect the I/O board by pulling its power cable away from its socket on the logic board. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the right edge of the Air.
Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left speaker cable connector up and out of its socket on the I/O board. Pry up from beneath the wires.
Use the tip of a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the microphone ribbon cable ZIF socket.
Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.
Remove the single 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw securing the I/O board to the upper case.
Gently de-route the camera cable from its notch on the I/O board and push it out of the way with the tip of a spudger.
Lift the I/O board from the logic board side and pull it free from the upper case. Removing the I/O board will also disconnect the microphone ribbon cable. Be careful not to snag it.
Use the flat end of a spudger to pry each of the antenna connectors up from their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth card.
Disconnect the camera cable connector with the tip of a spudger. Push first on one side of the connector, then on the other side to carefully "walk" it out of ts socket. Pull the camera cable parallel to the face of the I/O board toward the front edge of the Air o disconnect it from its socket. Do not lift upward on this cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.
Pull the plastic tab on the display data cable connector to unlock it.
Pull the display data cable connector straight out of its socket. Make sure to pull the connector parallel to the logic board, do not lift straight up from its socket.
Remove the inner four (two on each side) 4.9 mm T8 Torx screws securing the right and left display hinges to the upper case. Leaving the outer screws in place for now will aid in disassembly.
Gently de-route the antenna cables out of the channel cut into the upper case.
Open the display so that it is perpendicular to the upper case and place it on a table as shown.
While holding the Air steady, remove the remaining 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw from the left display bracket.
Turn the computer onto its opposite edge so the right display screw is now easily accesible. Before removing the last display screw, be sure to hold the display and upper case steady with your other hand. Failure to do so may allow the components to fall onto the table, causing potentially expensive damage. Remove the last 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.
Open the Air slightly to allow room for the hinges to slide out of their notches. Push the upper case slightly toward the display assembly, then push it back from the hinges. Once the two display hinges have cleared the upper case, remove the display and set it aside.
During reassembly, use the flat end of a spudger to tuck the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth antenna back into its channel.