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MacBook Air 13" Late 2010 Trackpad Replacement

Replace the trackpad in your MacBook Air 13" Late 2010.

Use this guide to replace the trackpad.

Schritt 1 Trackpad  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF socket. Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap (on the side opposite the cable), not the socket itself.

Schritt 1 Trackpad  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap (on the side opposite the cable), not the socket itself.

  • Pull the trackpad ribbon cable straight out of its socket toward the rear edge of the Air.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

While carefully lifting the keyboard ribbon cable with one hand, use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF socket. Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

  • While carefully lifting the keyboard ribbon cable with one hand, use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the keyboard ribbon cable straight out of its socket toward the front edge of the Air.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

Remove the following twelve screws:

Schritt 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the following twelve screws:

  • Six 1.6 mm Phillips screws securing the trackpad to the upper case.

  • Six 1.6 mm Phillips screws securing the trackpad brackets to the trackpad.

  • A Phillips #000 should be sufficient, but a JIS #000 may also work as well.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

Remove the right and left trackpad brackets  from the upper case.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the right and left trackpad brackets from the upper case.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

Remove the 1.4 mm T5 Torx set screw from its tapped hole near the front edge of the upper case.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the 1.4 mm T5 Torx set screw from its tapped hole near the front edge of the upper case.

  • During reassembly, do not over-tighten the set screw, as the button will cease to click at a certain point. Adjust the set screw until the movable side of the trackpad has minimal play.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

Use the flat edge of a spudger to carefully lift the edge of the trackpad closest to the keyboard from its recess in the upper case by lifting it away from the brackets attached to the upper case. Remove the trackpad from the upper case.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to carefully lift the edge of the trackpad closest to the keyboard from its recess in the upper case by lifting it away from the brackets attached to the upper case.

  • Remove the trackpad from the upper case.