Nintendo Wii Fan Replacement

Replace the single cooling fan on your Wii.

Use this guide to replace a worn-out fan.

Tools (continued)
Relevant Parts
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Edit Step 1 Faceplate  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to remove the white plastic screw covers stuck to the lower case near the front of the Wii.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 8.3 mm Tri-Wing screws hidden under the covers you just removed.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 5.9 mm Phillips screw under the controller port door nearest the faceplate.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to remove the rubber foot stuck to the side of the Wii near the DVD drive opening.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 5.9 mm Phillips screw hidden under the foot you just removed.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Carefully pull the faceplate away from the front of the Wii.

  • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the LED cable's plastic connector from the motherboard.

  • Remove the faceplate.

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Edit Step 7 Outer Case  ¶ 

  • Open the controller port cover until it is perpendicular to the black controller port bezel.

  • Pull the controller port cover straight up to release it from the outer case.

  • Repeat this procedure for the memory card port cover.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the two remaining 4.1 mm Phillips screws along the top edge of the black plastic controller port bezel.

  • Lift the bezel from the long edge furthest away from the controller ports and remove it from the Wii.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 5 mm Phillips screws above the controller ports.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to remove the three highlighted screw covers stuck to the side of the Wii.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws:

    • Two 5 mm Phillips screws

    • One 8.2 mm Tri-Wing screw

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to remove the two rubber feet stuck to the bottom face of the Wii near the rear ports.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 8.2 mm Tri-Wing screws hidden under the feet you just removed.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Lift the outer case straight up off the body of the Wii.

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Edit Step 15 Fan  ¶ 

  • Grab the fan connector with a pair of tweezers and lift it straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  • Be sure your tweezers are clamped down on the fan connector, not the socket attached to the motherboard.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 10 mm Phillips screws securing the fan to the fan shroud.

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Remove the fan from the Wii.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Nintendo Wii device page.

Required Tools

Phillips #00 Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

Metal Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Tweezers

$6.95 · 50+ In stock

Tri-wing Y1 Screwdriver

$7.95 · 50+ In stock

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Comments Comments are onturn off

surprisingly, this was the trickiest step for me. I almost completely mangled the wires when my tweezers slipped as I was attempting to remove the connector.

rbelknap, · Reply

I ended up using needle nose pliars on this step.

Awesome detailed guide made this very easy, thank you author!

Glenn Woodard, · Reply

had a little trouble with theses screws. they were just barely too deep for my 54pies bit driver kit to reach. I ended up inserting a small wad of paper into the shaft of my driver so the tri-wing bit stuck out far enough to engage the screw. (I used the tweezers to remove the paper when I was done) :)

rbelknap, · Reply

This step could use at least another picture from the backside so it's clearer what comes up and what stays down.

Jose Vazquez, · Reply

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