How to Repair a MacBook Air: The Tools You Need

This next post in the “How to Repair a Mac” series, will take a look at the tools required for Apple Certified Technicians to repair the Apple MacBook Air range.
Most of these tools are available from hardware/DIY Stores, however there are a small range of Apple Specific Tools that will need to be purchased directly from Apple.

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MacBook Air (2008-09)
MacBook Air(2010-11)
• ESD WristStrap and Mat
• Nylon Probe Tool/Black Stick
• Needlenose Pliers
• Jewelers #000 Phillips Screwdriver
• #T6 Torx Screwdrive
• Jewelers #00 Phillips Screwdriver
• MacBook Air Display Clamshell Fixture
• Pentalobe Screwdriver and Protective Battery Cover
• #T5 Torx Screwdriver
• #T8 Torx Screwdriver
• Large Tri-Lobe #0 Screwdriver

You may find the need for some additional tools, which are optional, but above is the minimum required to do the full range of repairs.
It is a good idea to magnetize your screwdrivers to avoid screws falling off your screwdriver and burying themselves deep inside the computers’ casing! ☺
You can buy a decent Magnetizer/Demagnetizer tool from most Hardware stores.
NOTE – The Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT) course that we run here at Amsys will not only train you to repair Apple Macintosh Products, but will also discuss in depth these tools and which products require which tools.
(It is very important that you have adequate knowledge of ESD safety and the ESD equipment required, which is also described in detail in the ACMT course).
Click here for full details of the ACMT course and schedule
Previous “How to Repair a Mac” posts:
1. Mac Mini
2. MacBook Pro
3. Mac Pro
4. MacBook Air
By Russell Harris