Spruce up a worn down MacBook with a new set of feet.

  1. With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.
    • With the case closed, place the Unibody top-side down on a flat surface.

    • Depress the grooved side of the access door release latch enough to grab the free end. Lift the release latch until it is vertical.

    This is not a a1278 unibody MacBook Pro. A1278 MacBooks backs are one solid metal piece not two separate pieces. This guide is for a different MacBook Pro.

    Brad Burgeson - Antwort

  2. The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.
    • The access door should now be raised enough to lift it up and out of the Unibody.

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    • Be sure the access door release latch is vertical before proceeding.

    • Grab the white plastic tab and pull the battery up and out of the Unibody.

    Great tutorial ! great step !

    Leo Etcheverry - Antwort

    • Remove the following eight screws securing the lower case to the chassis:

      • One 3 mm Phillips screw.

      • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

      • Four 3.5 mm Phillips screws.

    On my model, it seemed the top-left was 3.5mm and the bottom 4 were 3 mm.

    Jim - Antwort

    Make sure you have a good quality Phillips screwdriver. Mine had removable tips and had a small play at the connection. As a result I didn't have a good feel and damaged my screws (those securing the fan and the top left in step 23). Game over for me installing new thermal paste...

    Be very carefull with your screws! Especially those on the inside.

    Nickolas Michelinakis - Antwort

    You can get away with a Phillips #00 for many of the screws involved but the 4 at the bottom case split are likely to strip if you don’t use a JIS #00 or, in a pinch, a Phillips #000.

    Bill Cole - Antwort

    • Using both hands, lift and remove the lower case off the upper case.

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    • Remove any broken or damaged feet.

    • Remove any pieces from the old foot that may have broken off in the foot hole.

    • Use tweezers to peel up and remove the old adhesive tape from the foot pad.

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    • Scrub the foot pad with adhesive remover to remove any remaining adhesive.

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    • Wipe the foot pad with an alcohol prep pad to remove any residue left by the cleaner.

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    • Peel a replacement foot from the plastic backing.

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    • Align the new foot inside the foot pad.

    • Make sure the alignment nub on the foot is lined up with the small hole near the perimeter of the pad.

    • Lay the foot down while keeping it properly aligned.

    • Check for proper alignment from the inside of the lower case. Use tweezers to slide the alignment nub so it lines up with the hole.

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    • Press the new foot down firmly with your finger and maintain pressure for 30 seconds to set the pressure sensitive adhesive.

    • Repeat the last six steps for any broken or damaged feet.

    Support the rear feet from inside with your other hand before pressing down on new foot. Failure to do so may damage the plastic air grille inside the rear of the lower case. See the photos in step 3 above.

    hterlecki - Antwort


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

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