The left fan of my girlfriend's Macbook Pro 15" A1226 started making a loud rattling/grinding noise. You could imagine how distracting and annoying this this was.
The repair went very smoothly. Took about 30 mins from start to finish.
I followed iFix's guide to a T but Instead of replacing the fan I disassembled it, cleaned out any debris and applied lubrication with RadioShack's Needle-Tip Precision Lubricator to the axle. WD-40 would've worked just as well. Problem solved.
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