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Replace the missing feet for your MacBook Pro 17".

  1. MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement, Lower Case: passo 1, imagem 1 %32
    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    important to reassemble the "lower case" successfully: the threads of the seven 3mm phillips screws are drilled at an angle :-/

    mysterioes - Responder

    Same issue with me. After reassembling my 13-inch and my 17-inch, one of the screws are sticking out ever so slightly. Very annoying, especially since I scratch whatever surface I'm on now.

    Kyle Spadaro -

    Very important note; this guide is NOT correct for the Macbook Pro 17" A1297 late '11.

    The A1297 has an assembly adjacent to the optical drive, identifiable by 4 antenna connectors, 1 usb cable (with very small connector) and one PCI-e flat cable running across the optical drive.

    I did not take pictures, but found one on the web. I'm very new to iFixit and have no idea yet on how to create a guide, but here's the picture showing the assembly on top (this pic only has 3 antenna wires, the A1297 has 4, but at least you'll know what to look for.

    - carefully undo all connections and 2 screws

    - remove the assembly and flip it over

    - again carefully remove the shielding tape

    - undo 3 tiny screws

    - gently pry the airport card from the assembly (the flat cable will be a bit of a pain)

    - reverse process with replacement card.

    image can be found here:

    Remon - Responder

    It helps if you mark the holes where the long screws go so you can easily find them when the time comes to button things up. Also, a little dish or custard cup to hold those tiny screws is essential.

    Human - Responder

    3 x 13.5 mm screws are actually TWO different types! Return to EXACT SAME HOLES.

    -I discovered this on my mid-2010, but from comments, sounds like it may affect other models as well

    2 x 13.5 mm screws are pointed ends

    1 x 13.5 mm screw is a FLAT end <- CORNER HOLE

    These areTWO slightly different lengths, and must return to correct holes. If you put the flat end screw in the wrong hole, it will stick out slightly. If you put either of the pointed screws in the wrong hole, they will go in all the way, but will not catch threads, and will simply fall out when laptop is flipped back over.

    scottbernardis - Responder

    I printed out the image above and taped each screw to the photo as I removed each one, just to make sure I put them in the right location.

    Grace Morris - Responder

    This is a brilliant suggestion! I did this for all the steps that involved removing screws, numbered the sheets, and that made it very easy to put it all back together in reverse. Thanks!

    Steve Adamczyk -

    Be sure to use Loctite on the screws when re-attaching the bottom of the computer. The screws can and will fall out once they have been removed for repairs if you do not put Loctite on them when you reuse them. Otherwise, purchase new screws before repairing the computer as the new screws come with Loctite material on them. (I have personal experience with this problem.)

    johnpartridge - Responder

    Be sure NOT to Buy this Battery from iFixit. I bought it from and the Condition of Battery is : Service Battery ,

    from the &&^&^$^ first day.

    Till today my battery Cycle Count is: 80.

    I’ve tried everything as: Battery Calibration, resetting the SMC, PRAM, reinstalling the battery,

    and Service Battery warning still there.

    Just DO NOT BUY crappy, trash from here.

    I have very bad experience.

    Doruntin Koci - Responder

    Hi Doruntin,

    we’re more than sorry to hear about your bad experience.

    I’ll inform our customer service team who’ll reach out to you and offer either a replacement or reimbursement.

    If ever you’d need assistance again, please feel free to directly write to, as comments are not regularly checked for service issues.

    I’m confident that we’ll find the solution that suits you best!

    Sandra Hiller -

    PLEASE OBSERVE: The image of the left speaker used is NOT for a 2011 model. A 17inch MacBook Pro A1297 - LEFT SPEAKER + MICROPHONE - 2011 has IDENTIFYING NUMBER: Apple Part #:922-9821, 922-9822. And its COMPATIBILITY: 17 inch MacBook Pro Unibody A1297 - Early 2011 MC725LL/A 2.2 i7 - Early 2011 MC725LL/A 2.3 i7 - Late 2011 MD311LL/A 2.4 i7 - Late 2011 MD311LL/A 2.5 i7

    kenneth krabat - Responder

  2. MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement: passo 2, imagem 1 %32 MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement: passo 2, imagem 2 %32
    • Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the two clips holding the lower case to the upper case.

    • During reassembly, carefully align the lower case and then press it firmly until both clips engage.

    • Remove the lower case.

    I recommend using anti-static protection, i.e., wearing a ground strap, or at least touch metal chassis inside the computer before unplugging cables. Otherwise, you might create an ESD discharge into your RAM and have to replace it like I did!

    d68ef792 - Responder

  3. MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement, Feet: passo 3, imagem 1 %32 MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement, Feet: passo 3, imagem 2 %32 MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement, Feet: passo 3, imagem 3 %32
    • Remove any broken or damaged feet.

    • Remove any pieces from the old foot that may have broken off in the foot hole.

    • Use tweezers to peel up and remove the old adhesive tape from the foot pad.

  4. MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement: passo 4, imagem 1 %32
    • Scrub the foot pad with adhesive remover to remove any remaining adhesive.

    On my mid-2009 unibody MacBook Pro, there were thin, circular, black cloth pieces inside the case, covering the holes where the feet came through. I had to remove this tape, in order to push the feet through.

    Edward Horner - Responder

  5. MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement: passo 5, imagem 1 %32
    • Wipe the foot pad with an alcohol prep pad to remove any residue left by the cleaner.

  6. MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement: passo 6, imagem 1 %32
    • Peel a replacement foot from the plastic backing.

  7. MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement: passo 7, imagem 1 %32 MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement: passo 7, imagem 2 %32 MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement: passo 7, imagem 3 %32
    • Align the new foot inside the foot pad.

    • Make sure the alignment nub on the foot is lined up with the small hole near the perimeter of the pad.

    • Lay the foot down while keeping it properly aligned.

    • Check for proper alignment from the inside of the lower case. Use tweezers to slide the alignment nub so it lines up with the hole.

  8. MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Feet Replacement: passo 8, imagem 1 %32
    • Press the new foot down firmly with your finger and maintain pressure for 30 seconds to set the pressure sensitive adhesive. Support the other side of the cover while you press the foot down.

    • Repeat the last six steps for any broken or damaged feet.

    Support the rear feet from inside with your other hand before pressing down on new foot. Failure to do so may damage the plastic air grille inside the rear of the lower case. See the photos in step 3 above.

    hterlecki - Responder

    My A1278 hasn't got holes in the backplate?

    The feet just seem to be stuck on with adhesive.

    Do I still have to unscrew the back?



    Rob Haygarth - Responder

    Hi Rob,

    If the backplate doesn’t have the holes, you can still use the feet by just glueing them on. You would not have to open the backplate.

    Arthur Shi -

    I have been told that if you are using adhesive, you should follow these steps and remove the bottom.

    This way, adhesive doesn’t get inside the machine.

    Larry D Turner - Responder

    Hi Larry,

    That is definitely true, if you are adding liquid adhesives. The feet we sell come with adhesive pre-installed on the feet. All you have to do is peel and stick!

    Arthur Shi -


To reassemble the device, replace the lower case and all of the screws.

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I’m not sure if you really need to remove the lower case. It doesn’t really hurt it to do it though, give you a chance to blow out the accumulated dust.

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