MacBook Pro Laptop Bottom case foot replacement DIY Instructions

04 May
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This article details the do it yourself (DIY) repair process for installing feet and plugs for MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) and MacBook Pro computers that exhibit missing or damaged bottom case feet.

DIY Foot Replacement Instructions

Note: Use the foot replacement kit for missing feet only. Do not replace well-adhered feet. Removing feet for the sake of replacement can damage the bottom case.

Tools Needed to Complete Repair:

  • Phillips 00 screwdriver
  • Tweezers
  • Paper clip or safety pin

Gloves are not necessary for this procedure.

Preliminary Step

Before you begin, check the foot location requiring replacement and verify that the case plug, and the case foot in the kit, match the pictures below.

                      Foot area on bottom case                                                  Matching component                                                   

Outer bottom case

Outer foot

Inner bottom case

Inner plug





WarningThe glue used in this procedure can bond instantly to skin. Do not touch the glue. In the event of contact, review the safety instructions at the end of this document.

Note: Do not use any other type of glue except the one included in the foot replacement kit. Fumes from other types of glue could affect other internal components.

Bottom Case Rubber Feet With Screwdriver Super Glue for MacBook Pro A1278 A1286 A1297 13 15 17 22 (1)

Bottom Case Rubber Feet With Screwdriver Super Glue for MacBook Pro A1278 A1286 A1297 13 15 17 24

Bottom Case Rubber Feet With Screwdriver Super Glue for MacBook Pro A1278 A1286 A1297 13 15 17 28

Bottom Case Rubber Outer Feet + Inner Feet + Bottom Case Screw Full Kit Set With Screwdriver Super Glue for MacBook Pro A1278 A1286 A1297 13 15 17 22




  1. Place the computer upside down on a clean, lint-free cloth or other nonabrasive surface. Remove the bottom case.
  2. Using the Phillips 00 screwdriver, remove the bottom case by removing 10 screws. Important: Screws at sides and front must be removed and installed at an angle. 
  3. Gently pull the bottom case from the side the display hinges are on and lift upwards at an angle.
  4. Make sure the foot area on the bottom case is clean and free of debris. If any portion of the foot adhesive remains, peel it up with a pair of tweezers.
  5. Clean both sides of the bottom case around the foot area. Allow the alcohol to evaporate.
  6. Peel the outer foot from its packaging and affix it firmly to the bottom case. Do not use the glue to adhere the outer foot to the bottom case. Avoid touching the adhesive backing.
  7. Use a paperclip or safety pin to open the glue nozzle. A paperclip or safety pin can also unplug the glue nozzle after storage. Apply a very small drop of glue on the bottom of the foot on the inner bottom case. Do not spread the glue.
  8. Seat the plug onto the glued area.
  9. Do not use your finger to press the foot plug down. Use the wooden end of a cotton swab to press the foot plug into place. Lightly press and hold the foot in place for 30 seconds.
  10. Clean any excess glue with a cotton dry swab. Important: Do not wipe the glue; use the cotton dry swab to absorb any excess glue. Excess puddled glue may take hours to dry and may cause the bottom case to adhere to the logic board or interior cabling.
  11. Using a timer, allow the glue to set for at least 60 minutes before applying the foot plug cover over the foot plug. Important: If laser etching is visible by the foot area, do not use the foot plug cover. Laser etching will normally be found on the left-rear foot area.
  12. Reassembly Note: Install screws in order shown. If sequence is not followed, bottom case might wobble when placed on level surface.

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Contains ethyl cyanoacrylate. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. If eye or mouth contact occurs, hold eyelid or mouth open and rinse thoroughly but gently with water only for 15 minutes andGET MEDICAL ATTENTION. Liquid glue will sting eye temporarily. Solidified glue may irritate eye like a grain of sand and should be treated by an eye doctor.

If skin bonding occurs, soak in acetone-based nail polish remover or warm soapy water and carefully peel or roll skin apart (do not pull). Contact through clothing may cause skin burn. If spilled on clothing, flush with cold water. Avoid prolonged breathing of vapors. use with adequate ventilation. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.

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