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I continue to repair my 10 year MBP and hope to keep it running as long as possible. Thanks Miroslav, all iFixit contributors, and iFixit!
As mentioned above, try cleaning the old fan, underneath it, the vents, etc. before buying a new fan. I found some big fluff balls in and beside the fan. I gently vacuumed the whole insides and the the sides and it does not seem to have harmed the computer. I’m working on it now. Just don’t vacuum up any of your screws!
I disconnected the battery because it is an opportunity to reset the SMC (which is how the SMC has to be reset in some older Macs.)