Cleaning MacBook Fans

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  1. MacAndrew07 macrumors member

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    My four year old white MacBook has been running very hot in the last couple of weeks like 80/90 degrees celsius. Since I never opened and I don't plan to do so, is there any way I can clean the dust on the vents or fans?.

    I don't have any Apple Store in my country and no AASP as well. Since I don't want to mess thing up opening it. :confused:
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Compressed air can. Of course, take the bottom cover off first. Blow with and against the fan blades.
     
  3. MacAndrew07 thread starter macrumors member

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    I can't this model I need to remove the top cover (keyboard and trackpad) can I just use the compressed air directly on the fans? I think the fan is located bellow the MacBook monitor am I right? :)
     
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Which MacBook is it?
     
  5. MacAndrew07 thread starter macrumors member

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    White Polycarbonate MacBook 4,1 :D
     
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    Hmm, that one is special... Not sure how to proceed on that one. But if you can get to the fan, the canned air works well.
     
  8. MacAndrew07 thread starter macrumors member

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    Can I do that without opening the computer? :confused:
     
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Do not blow it through without opening it up the dust won't go anywhere.

    Use this guide

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing+MacBook+Core+Duo+Upper+Case/283/1

    It's very simple and takes 5 minutes to do.
     
  10. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

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    Out of curiosity... Does your MacBook have chips/cracks like this in it's top case / palm rest?

    [​IMG]

    If so you might be able to have Apple clean the fan for you if your Mac really is less than 5 years old. The picture above is a known issue with the MacBooks that Apple takes care of, at least in the US, for Macs less than 5 years old. If you call AppleCare's Portugal number, 800 207 983, they may be able to facilitate a repair for you. Most technicians will blast the inside of a Mac with compressed air when they swap out these top cases.

    If not then I agree with Gav2k, it's a pretty straight forward repair to do perform yourself. The scariest part is removing the top case once all of the screws are removed. It'll feel like you're going to break it but if you have confidence and take your time it will come off without a hitch.
     
  11. MacAndrew07 thread starter macrumors member

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    OMG :eek: Exactly like that! I just never cared about it since it doesn't bother me!
     

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