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Acer Nitro V AN515-52-50WX Fan Replacement

What you need

  1. Acer Nitro V AN515-52-50WX Fan Replacement, Fan: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Completely power off the machine before starting the disassembly.

    • Remove the two 8 mm Phillips #0 screws that secure the covers for the RAM and drive trays.

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    • Remove the covers for the RAM and drive trays by prying the cover away from the recess next to where the screws that you removed in the previous step were.

    • In some cases you might need to use a spudger or a prying tool to remove the covers.

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    • This step is only necessary for the AN515-52-50WX and AN515-52-73LN models, unless you have added another drive to the AN515-52-78AS model.

    • Remove the four 4 mm Phillips #0 screws that secure the drive tray.

    • Using the silver tab located on the top of the drive tray, gently lift the drive tray out of the laptop and rest it towards the back of the device.

    • Gently remove the SATA connector located on the bottom of the drive by pulling directly away from the drive whilst gripping the plastic connector not the wire.

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    • Remove the fifteen 8 mm Phillips #0 screws that secure the backplate to the device.

    • Using a sludger or prying tool gently separate the backplate front he body of the device. Insert the sludger at the corners of the device first and gently work away from your starting point.

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    • Using your fingernail, or a spudger if needed, gently grip the fan power cable housing and pull it directly away from the connector. Do not pull on the wires.

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    • Remove the four 4 mm Phillips #0 screws that secure the fans to the motherboard.

    • Remove the affected fan from the laptop by gripping the sides and lifting it up and out of the laptop.

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    • Using a spudger or a prying tool gently lift the cover of the fan housing away from the main bottom housing. Start on near the corner where the screws in the previous step were located.

    • After removing the top cover your fan housing should look like the second image.

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    • Using a dry cotton swab remove any blockage in the fan channel that is preventing the fan from rotating.

    • If the fan bearing has unseated, gently grip the fan housing as shown in the second image and pinch it until there is a tactile bump and the fan rotates freely.

    • You can tell if your fan bearing is not seated properly if the channel is clear but the fan still resists rotation.

    • If the stock adhesive has failed and the motor is no longer secured to the housing, apply pea sized amount of adhesive to a cotton swab and spread it evenly along the bottom of the motor. Repeat the pinching motion in the second image.

    • An adhesive that does not degrade under heat or expand is recommended. In my case I used Loctite Super Glue Gel.

    • Allow the adhesive to cure for the amount of time that the manufacturer suggests.

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    • Reassemble following the previous steps in reverse order. Ensure that the fan cables are plugged back in in the correct orientation.

    • For the left fan the wire furthest away from you should be red, followed by yellow and then back. For the fan on the right the wire furthest to the left should be red, followed by yellow and then black

    • Remember to plug your drive back in if you had to remove it in step three.

Conclusion

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

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