Broken fan

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AlbertoQuemada, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. AlbertoQuemada macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2017
    Hi i have a 13 inch MacBook Pro from 2011.
    The connector of the fan is broken and I want to know if it is dangerous to use it without the fan.
    I see people saying that you can solder it back or even glue it but I don't know how to solder it or if the glue will work.
    i will bring the Mac to an apple store and see what they say.
  2. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Is it the connector on the board or the connector on the fan?

    It sounds like you're talking about the connector on the board. The thermals of the computer were not designed for fanless operation. Can you get by with doing lightweight web browsing and email? Sure. Can you do some tasks that require more power? Maybe, but it might get hot and throttle itself.
  3. AlbertoQuemada thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2017
    The connector on the board separate itself with the fan, and they told me to sold it back to the motherboard.
    If the Mac gets overheating i will get a warning signal or something?
  4. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    That's some intricate work to solder the fan connector back to the board.
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Bring it to a shop that does soldering. It likely won’t be any Apple Authorized Service Center.

    Soldering a fan connector onto a Motherboard is not something for a first timer.

    It can be done. I accidentally broke part of the internal monitor connector on an iMac. I soldered those little pins back on. It’s been fine for half a year now.

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