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How to Open Your 13 inch MacBook Pro: Upgrades and Cleaning

Updated on October 1, 2015
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Christopher Rago has been writing articles on HubPages and personal blog for 5 years. Attends Full Sail University for Media communications.

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All laptops get dusty under the hood and , especially my Macbook, is no exception. Dust builds up overtime and can cause pretty bad damage if left unattended. Dust, smoke and pets all contribute to the clogging of your fans. My fan actually stopped spinning due to build up of dust. I thankfully fixed the problem in time to avoid any permanent damage. It's pretty easy once you know what to do. I will give you instructions on how to clean the inside of your Mac as well as remove the fan, and upgrade the ram while we're under the hood. Let's get to it shall we?

A great screwdriver set
A great screwdriver set


You don't need much to open your laptop. I highly suggest investing in a new set of screwdrivers for this task and all of the many other tasks you will need screwdrivers for. I can't find this exact set online, but I got I from the Home Depot and it was very cheap. I've had this set for only about three weeks and have used it for many applications. You will also need compressed air to actually get rid of the dust within.

That's pretty much all you need. The next step is to turn the laptop off and flip it over.



PH 000 used here.
PH 000 used here.

The next part is easy. Remove the screws and remember where they all go for reassembly. Remember that the three longest screws go in the upper right corner. Once all the screws have been removed, lift up on the lid hinge side first. Place the bottom cover aside and grab your compressed air. I use the Glottos air blower as it works great in removing dust particles and I never have to buy a can of compressed air again. Plus it's a great forearm workout.

Well worth it.
Well worth it.

You know what to do from here. After the compressed air, get ready to remove the fan for cleaning or changing if it ever gets damaged and needs to be replaced.

Remove the fans three screws

Remove each of the three screws and unplug the fan from the motherboard. Lift the fan out carefully and clean. Simply plug in the fan, place it back into the laptop, and screw in the three screws for the fan.

Upgrading the ram

Ram chip ready to be removed
Ram chip ready to be removed
Ram secured properly
Ram secured properly

Simply pull the clips holding your ram chip down outward to make the ram chip pop up as shown. Take note to reinsert it at this angle, then pushing down to secure it in place.


After placing the bottom cover back on, reboot your MacBook.

And there you have it. Cleaning and upgrading the easy way. How did it go for you?


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    • The Odd Spartan profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Rago 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, NJ

      PH 000 works fine, you can use PH 00 as well.

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      6 years ago

      What size/type of screwdriver did you use?

    • The Odd Spartan profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Rago 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, NJ

      I am glad you found it useful jeyaramd, saving time is something we all love and need more of in my opinion. Thanks for the comment.

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      6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Thanks for the hub on cleaning macs. I still have my warranty and don't want it invalidated. So, I am going to wait until it expires. However, great advice. We can save a lot of time if we take such precautions. Keep up the great work. Voted Up.

    • The Odd Spartan profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Rago 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, NJ

      Not a problem. Cleaning and upgrading parts is simple once you actually get a glimpse of what you are dealing with.

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      6 years ago from Bangkok

      Great!! thanks for sharing such a great advice it's really helpful :)


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