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    Oct 17, 2008
    Clicking/Grinding Noise
    There is a clicking/grinding noise that happens intermittently in my 4-5 year old macbook 13 inch. It sounds like it is occuring towards the base of the screen around the F4 key. I am thinking maybe the fan is going bad. Does this sound like a plausible diagnosis based on the location of the noise? The computer is running fine. I am using it now.

    If it is the fan, can I repair it by myself? I have already replaced the screen once before so I am not a complete newbie on fixing this latop. Can I get a fan for a relatively reasonable price and replace it myself without destroying the computer?

    Maybe this is what I need?


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    Oct 01, 2007
    Mac Mini i5 (2014 High Sierra), iPhone X, Apple Watch, iPad Pro 12.9, AppleTV (4)
    Compared to the screen it's pretty straightforward replacement.

    iFixit is a good place to start for guides etc

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    Oct 17, 2008
    Thank you. So you agree that it sounds like it is the fan?

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    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by hellfire45 View Post
    Thank you. So you agree that it sounds like it is the fan?
    The fans are normally located close/under the upper part of the keyboard (F keys)...and are basically the only moving part in that it does sound like the fan may either be worn out (worn out bearings, or needs lubrication of some sort)...or if you're lucky...the fan may only need to be cleaned (shot of compressed air)!

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