Macbook Pro Fan making noise

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by syclonefx, May 20, 2008.

  1. syclonefx macrumors regular

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    Is the left fan in a Macbook Pro easy to replace? Also is iFitit.com a decent site to buy parts from? My Left fan on my Macbook Pro is making all kinds of noise.
     
  2. wgilles macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure how easy it is to replace but the ifixit.com website does have tutorials on how to fix everything with difficulty ratings so check that out. I trust them, they seem to know what they are talking about.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It's making noise? Do you mean to say it's actually working or some other type of noise?

    And yes it's easy to replace.
     
  4. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    OK, this is weird because I just started noticing the same thing from my MBP (left fan). It's very subtile right now. I have to put my ear kinda close to hear it, but there's no doubt. Turning up the fan speeds made it obvious to me. Wow, this is retarded. My Mac's not even that old (early 2008 model)!
     
  5. syclonefx thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. bov macrumors 6502

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    oh wow, theres DEFINITELY something wrong with your fan! :eek:

    good luck with getting that puppy fixed!
     
  7. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    I just had the same problem and thought about tackling it myself but chickened out and brought it to an apple store. Cost me about $130 (I was out of warranty) and I was without my MBP about 72 hrs.
     
  8. syclonefx thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just replaced the bad fan in my macbook. I took some picture of the inside of my macbook. I also upgraded my hard drive to a 320GB at the same time I installed the new fan.
    Here are the pictures: http://gallery.mac.com/syclonefx#100008
    [​IMG]
     
  9. auhlixer macrumors regular

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    My fan question

    Is there a better aftermarket replacement/upgrade fan?
     
  10. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Is that "PIG Mat" standard or did you throw that in also? :confused:
     
  11. el3ctone macrumors member

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    thats part of his "table"
     
  12. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    LMAO! I thought something looked odd...

    I got it, battery out, duh! :eek:

    Cool worksurface though ;) :D
     
  13. Marlon_JBT macrumors 6502

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    I just replaced mine and ordered the fan from powerbookmedic.com. My right fan has been giving me issues since I was under warranty, actually, but it stopped and never started again until recently. (Apple wouldn't replace it because there was no noise at the time.) I got sick of hearing the noise and looked for a replacement.

    BTW: Eventually the fan will stop entirely and will refuse to run!

    This would be the second time I've disassembled my MacBook Pro, the first time was for the hard drive upgrade.
     
  14. auhlixer macrumors regular

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    Cool

    I opened up mine also to put in a larger HD.
    I might just replace the thermal paste too if i work up the courage
     
  15. yarjarrar macrumors member

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    I recently had the same problem, and I can tell you, it will just get worse. Mine did the same thing, starting out like a quiet geiger counter, and then just yesterday it started going really loud. I only bought it 6 months ago, so I brought it to an Apple store and there fixing it right now for free.
     
  16. Jbrew macrumors newbie

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    Don't replace it, just fix it!

    Well my mac book pro was doing the same problem. I finally was fed up with it so I decided to see what was wrong. I opened up my mac and took out the fan. I read a bunch of things about replacing it but I wanted it to shut up NOW and didn't want to buy any parts. So i took the little fan itself apart.

    The fan is kept shut by two little screws. There is a top flat lid with a motor. Then there is a case that surrounds the rest of the fan. The fan is just held on to the motor like a magnet. Just pull it off. I then looked at the different parts of the fan and saw where the fan was rubbing the case. My fan was rubbing on the bigger case that doesn't have the motor attached to it. I took some scissors, opened them up, and used one of the blades to shave the edges of the fan. The fan is just plastic to it wasn't that hard to shave it down. Because it is plastic it isn't unbreakable and I broke one fan blade off. oops. I then realized that if I pushed the fan into my carpet it would hold the blades in place as I shaved them down and they wouldn't break.

    Before I put it all back together I carefully turned on my computer while it was all apart. (that was the hardest part) Sure enough it didn't rub anymore.

    Now that it is all back together it is so much better. It isn't perfect. Occasionally i will hear it start to rub but it isn't very often and it is much quieter when it does rub. It usually goes away if a close a program or something small like that. I don't know what it will do in the long run but it doesn't seem to be causing the fans to work any harder than before. There are a lot of youtube clips of how to take out a fan. Anyone should be able to do this if they have a small Phillips screw driver and a T6 screw driver. I had to buy my T6 screw driver but it was only a couple of dollars.
     
  17. billydecola macrumors newbie

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    clunky fan noise

    I'm having issues with my fan as well. It's making a clunky noise so I'm debating on a) repairing it myself, or, b) taking it to the Mac store and asking them to do it.

    I guess I'll get raped at the Mac Store, no?

    I think it's time to get rid of my old MBP and get a current model.

    Ughh
     
  18. docal97 macrumors 6502a

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    The fan costs around $60 at ifixit. So in my opinion, it is worth paying 75 or so to have it professionally repaired and warranteed. There have been so many stories of novices trying to do it yourself that for an extra few bucks it just isn't worth it. The repair isn't easy from the pics on the web.
     

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