Introduction

You are now going to:

  1. Open Your Time Capsule
  2. Remove the fan
  3. Install a new fan. Or re-install the old fan if you are like me, and do this for fun..
Image 1/2: Open the Time Capsule by exposing the screws that hold the device together. The screws are concealed by the rubber base, which is the bottom surface of the device. Image 2/2: Use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the rubber base, which softens the adhesive holding it on.
  • Place a piece of cloth or a similar soft material on a clean, flat surface. Place the device upside down on top of the fabric.

  • Open the Time Capsule by exposing the screws that hold the device together. The screws are concealed by the rubber base, which is the bottom surface of the device.

    • Use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat the rubber base, which softens the adhesive holding it on.

    • Starting in a corner, carefully lift the rubber base to prevent tearing. You can use a guitar pick or a small, plastic ruler to help separate the rubber from the metal.

      • Take your time to prevent tearing the adhesive. Ensure that you don't overheat the device.

      • If you tear some of the adhesive, don't worry. The existing adhesive is more than enough to allow the rubber base to stick back onto the unit during reassembly.

      • During reassembly, you can apply heat to the rubber base. This will enable the adhesive to flow and form a better bond with the device's metal casing.

Slowly start peeling at one corner... worked better than shown on the pictures.

Markus - Reply

Slow down particularly near the bottom label where it is stiffer. Either that or I needed to give it more heat. Going too fast can risk tearing the rubber base if the adhesive is strong.

ElvinC - Reply

Image 1/2: Use the Philiips #00 Screwdriver. Image 2/2: Some revisions of the Time Capsule have 10 screws. The A1254 revision has two screws in the upper right and lower left corners, as shown in the second image. In this situation, be sure to remove all 10 screws.
  • Once the rubber base is separated from the device, remove the 8 Phillips PH00 screws that attach the metal bottom of the case to the plastic top of the case.

    • Use the Philiips #00 Screwdriver.

  • Some revisions of the Time Capsule have 10 screws. The A1254 revision has two screws in the upper right and lower left corners, as shown in the second image. In this situation, be sure to remove all 10 screws.

Confirmimg 10 screws for Model A1355

pkeenan8 - Reply

Larger screwdriver size can help with sticky screws.

ElvinC - Reply

Image 1/2: Lift up the left side of the metal plate and slowly flip it over the right edge of the device. Image 2/2: To prevent damage, do not lift the metal plate straight up or use force. As shown in the second picture, the fan is attached to the metal plate and connected to the logic board next to the power connector.
  • Position the rear side of the device (the side with Ethernet connectors) so that it is facing you.

  • Lift up the left side of the metal plate and slowly flip it over the right edge of the device.

    • To prevent damage, do not lift the metal plate straight up or use force. As shown in the second picture, the fan is attached to the metal plate and connected to the logic board next to the power connector.

  • Since many people have had serious problems with the fan power connnector breaking, it is advisable to NOT try to disconnect the fan power connector. Be VERY careful with this connector. It is extremely fragile. If you absolutely have to disconnect the fan from the logic board, VERY carefully use a spudger or tweezers to do so.

It is really not necessary to disconnect the fan and you risk breaking it off of the logic board. :(

rdemby - Reply

I'd destroyed the connection between my fan and logic board by trying to remove the fan. This is a bigger problem than a broken hard drive. DO NOT TRY TO DISCONNECT THE FAN. Instead be careful with the base (making sure not to stretch the fan wire) as your proceed to step four.

redmonton11 - Reply

I wish I had read the comments too!! DO NOT try to disconnect the fan!!!! The connector broke off with out a lot of force. Now I have a worthless piece of metal and plastic!!!!

mightyquinn6362 - Reply

This is not my guide, but in order to try to prevent future damage, I've edited the guide to warn against disconnecting the fan from the logic board. Hopefully the update will be approved soon :0\

Jeff G -

Replaced 2 x 1500 uF capacitors ant the Time capsule is back to work !

Thanks for this guide.

gilberto - Reply

I had no issues removing the fan plug from the board.

angelopadilla - Reply

I used a block to lean the cover on so it didn't fall completely flat on the surface. The wire connecting the fan is too short for that.

pkeenan8 - Reply

Image 1/3: Use a plastic spudger or similar and press the plugs through the case to release the fan. Image 2/3: Use a plastic spudger or similar and press the plugs through the case to release the fan. Image 3/3: Use a plastic spudger or similar and press the plugs through the case to release the fan.
  • These three plastic plugs hold the fan in place.

  • Use a plastic spudger or similar and press the plugs through the case to release the fan.

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Image 1/2: If you are replacing your fan, make sure that the plastic plugs are included. Or be prepared to re-seat your fan using an alternative method like double sided tape or nuts and bolts. Image 2/2: If you are replacing your fan, make sure that the plastic plugs are included. Or be prepared to re-seat your fan using an alternative method like double sided tape or nuts and bolts.
  • To re-seat your fan use a spudger or similar to force the plastic plugs back in the way they came out. This can be fiddly, but after a few tries you master it.

  • If you are replacing your fan, make sure that the plastic plugs are included. Or be prepared to re-seat your fan using an alternative method like double sided tape or nuts and bolts.

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Conclusion

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

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would it be possible to remove the fan, or at least replace it with something quieter?

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