Introduction

Cleaning the fan is an important part of laptop maintenance. The fan on the Acer Aspire 5734z-4836 is located under the circuit board, so you will first need to remove the battery, keyboard, and front panel.

Before removing the battery, power off your laptop and disconnect the AC adapter.
  • Before removing the battery, power off your laptop and disconnect the AC adapter.

  • Flip your laptop on its back so the battery is facing up and the hinges are facing away from you.

Slide the right latch down to unlock the battery.
  • Slide the right latch down to unlock the battery.

Slide and hold the left latch below the battery. While holding this latch in place, pry the battery up from its bottom edge.
  • Slide and hold the left latch below the battery.

  • While holding this latch in place, pry the battery up from its bottom edge.

  • Lift the old battery out of its compartment.

Pinch the edges of the plastic covering above the keyboard, and pull away from the laptop until the covering pops off. By using a bit of force some clicks will be heard when removing the cover. By using a bit of force some clicks will be heard when removing the cover.
  • Pinch the edges of the plastic covering above the keyboard, and pull away from the laptop until the covering pops off.

  • By using a bit of force some clicks will be heard when removing the cover.

Pull the keyboard off gently so not to damage the keyboard ribbon cable. Multiple clicks may be heard as you pull the keyboard off.
  • Pull the keyboard off gently so not to damage the keyboard ribbon cable.

  • Multiple clicks may be heard as you pull the keyboard off.

Pull the blue keyboard ribbon cable from the ZIF connector. When reinstalling a new keyboard, fold the ribbon in the same way the old keyboard's ribbon was folded. When reinstalling a new keyboard, fold the ribbon in the same way the old keyboard's ribbon was folded.
  • Pull the blue keyboard ribbon cable from the ZIF connector.

  • When reinstalling a new keyboard, fold the ribbon in the same way the old keyboard's ribbon was folded.

Begin with the laptop placed on its bottom and the empty keyboard space facing you.
  • Begin with the laptop placed on its bottom and the empty keyboard space facing you.

Disconnect the screen connector in the upper left of the laptop. Disconnect the screen connector in the upper left of the laptop. Disconnect the screen connector in the upper left of the laptop.
  • Disconnect the screen connector in the upper left of the laptop.

Locate the tape on the upper left of the laptop. Peel off the tape, covering the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires. Peel off the tape, covering the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires.
  • Locate the tape on the upper left of the laptop.

  • Peel off the tape, covering the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires.

Gently disconnect the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires from the upper-left. Gently disconnect the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires from the upper-left.
  • Gently disconnect the red-and-black wire connector and the white-and-black speaker wires from the upper-left.

Remove the 5 screws in the middle of the laptop using a #00 Phillips Screwdriver.
  • Remove the 5 screws in the middle of the laptop using a #00 Phillips Screwdriver.

  • In order to access the screw in the upper left corner, you may have to gently move the red and white wires.

Disconnect the two blue and white ribbons by applying pressure downward and pushing them out of their sockets. Disconnect the two blue and white ribbons by applying pressure downward and pushing them out of their sockets. Disconnect the two blue and white ribbons by applying pressure downward and pushing them out of their sockets.
  • Disconnect the two blue and white ribbons by applying pressure downward and pushing them out of their sockets.

Remove the four screws from the upper corners of the laptop using a Phillips #00 screwdriver. The two metal and two plastic connectors will come free. Save them in a safe place.
  • Remove the four screws from the upper corners of the laptop using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • The two metal and two plastic connectors will come free. Save them in a safe place.

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Pop off the black plastic hinge coverings. Pop off the black plastic hinge coverings.
  • Pop off the black plastic hinge coverings.

Peel away the sticky plastic coverings with tweezers. Peel away the sticky plastic coverings with tweezers.
  • Peel away the sticky plastic coverings with tweezers.

Remove the three screws with a #00 Philips Screwdriver. Remove the three screws with a #00 Philips Screwdriver.
  • Remove the three screws with a #00 Philips Screwdriver.

Remove the single screw next to the right hinge with a #00 Phillips Screwdriver.
  • Remove the single screw next to the right hinge with a #00 Phillips Screwdriver.

Flip the device so the bottom of the laptop is face-up.
  • Flip the device so the bottom of the laptop is face-up.

Remove the fifteen screws from the back of the laptop with a Phillips #00 Screwdriver. Remove the fifteen screws from the back of the laptop with a Phillips #00 Screwdriver. Remove the fifteen screws from the back of the laptop with a Phillips #00 Screwdriver.
  • Remove the fifteen screws from the back of the laptop with a Phillips #00 Screwdriver.

Pry mid-back panel off. Use a plastic opening tool.
  • Pry mid-back panel off.

  • Use a plastic opening tool.

Lift the hard-drive cover in the bottom right corner off the laptop.
  • Lift the hard-drive cover in the bottom right corner off the laptop.

Slide down the hard-drive out of the laptop. Slide down the hard-drive out of the laptop.
  • Slide down the hard-drive out of the laptop.

Peel away the black plastic covering under the mid-back panel. Peel away the black plastic covering under the mid-back panel.
  • Peel away the black plastic covering under the mid-back panel.

Remove the two screws on the left and bottom of the circuit board with a #00 Phillips Screwdriver. Remove the two screws on the left and bottom of the circuit board with a #00 Phillips Screwdriver.
  • Remove the two screws on the left and bottom of the circuit board with a #00 Phillips Screwdriver.

Disconnect the black and white wires on the small circuit board by gently pulling them out of their sockets. Disconnect the black and white wires on the small circuit board by gently pulling them out of their sockets.
  • Disconnect the black and white wires on the small circuit board by gently pulling them out of their sockets.

Remove the four screws from the metal piece beneath the circuit with a Phillips #000 Screwdriver. Remove the four screws from the metal piece beneath the circuit with a Phillips #000 Screwdriver.
  • Remove the four screws from the metal piece beneath the circuit with a Phillips #000 Screwdriver.

Life the metal plate free and place it somewhere for safe-keeping.
  • Life the metal plate free and place it somewhere for safe-keeping.

The small circuit board will pop up easily. Carefully remove it
  • The small circuit board will pop up easily. Carefully remove it

Gently extract the black and white wires. They will pull free from the base through the hole in the upper left corner.
  • Gently extract the black and white wires. They will pull free from the base through the hole in the upper left corner.

Flip to the front and gently lift the front of the laptop off of the base. Some wires will be pulled up from the base so be careful not to pull it away too quickly. Some wires will be pulled up from the base so be careful not to pull it away too quickly.
  • Flip to the front and gently lift the front of the laptop off of the base.

  • Some wires will be pulled up from the base so be careful not to pull it away too quickly.

Position the back panel so that the circuit board is face-up.
  • Position the back panel so that the circuit board is face-up.

  • Location of the fan is in the upper-left corner.

Unscrew five screws from the circuit board using a #00 Phillips screwdriver.
  • Unscrew five screws from the circuit board using a #00 Phillips screwdriver.

    • Two screws are located below the fan, and three are along the circuit board's right edge.

  • Take note of the one black screw that goes in the lower-right corner.

The large, silver box next to the circuit board is the optical disk drive, gently slide to the right to remove it. Do not apply too much pressure on the optical disk drive, as you may risk damaging the disk drive's connector. Do not apply too much pressure on the optical disk drive, as you may risk damaging the disk drive's connector.
  • The large, silver box next to the circuit board is the optical disk drive, gently slide to the right to remove it.

    • Do not apply too much pressure on the optical disk drive, as you may risk damaging the disk drive's connector.

Lift the circuit board  out of the back panel and turn it over so the fan is facing up. Lift the circuit board  out of the back panel and turn it over so the fan is facing up. Lift the circuit board  out of the back panel and turn it over so the fan is facing up.
  • Lift the circuit board out of the back panel and turn it over so the fan is facing up.

Locate the three screws around the fan Gently extract three fan screws using #0 Phillips.
  • Locate the three screws around the fan

    • Gently extract three fan screws using #0 Phillips.

Disconnect the white fan connector. Grip gently the wire and pull the wires up toward you. Grip gently the wire and pull the wires up toward you.
  • Disconnect the white fan connector.

  • Grip gently the wire and pull the wires up toward you.

Remove the fan from the circuit board.
  • Remove the fan from the circuit board.

  • Due to the accumulated dust inside the fan, you may want to use a small brush to clean off dust.

Conclusion

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

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