Introduction

To access the fan you will have already removed the back panel of the laptop.

Parts

No parts required.

Flip the computer over. Flip the computer over.
  • Flip the computer over.

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Remove all nine 5mm Phillips head screws from the back cover using #0 Phillips head. Remove all nine 5mm Phillips head screws from the back cover using #0 Phillips head.
  • Remove all nine 5mm Phillips head screws from the back cover using #0 Phillips head.

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Gently use a spudger to pull the cover away from the rest of the laptop.   The cover will come off after you use the tool on two or three sides.
  • Gently use a spudger to pull the cover away from the rest of the laptop. The cover will come off after you use the tool on two or three sides.

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Make sure that the power is off.
  • Make sure that the power is off.

  • After taking off the back panel, you will see the battery located at the bottom of the computer system. It's black and is clearly labeled "dell battery".

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Locate the battery at the bottom of the computer and  remove the four 3mm screws with a  Phillips #0 head that hold the battery down. Locate the battery at the bottom of the computer and  remove the four 3mm screws with a  Phillips #0 head that hold the battery down.
  • Locate the battery at the bottom of the computer and remove the four 3mm screws with a Phillips #0 head that hold the battery down.

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Remove the Solid State Drive wire from the battery clip by detaching the wire.
  • Remove the Solid State Drive wire from the battery clip by detaching the wire.

  • This can be done by gently pulling the connector away from the battery clip.

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Remove the battery from the  computer system by gently lifting it from the side.
  • Remove the battery from the computer system by gently lifting it from the side.

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Locate the cooling fan.
  • Locate the cooling fan.

  • The cooling fan is the curved metal piece in the top center of the laptop, opposite the battery.

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Using your fingernail, unplug the white power cable connector to the right of the cooling fan by pushing it away from the port.
  • Using your fingernail, unplug the white power cable connector to the right of the cooling fan by pushing it away from the port.

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Remove the four  3mm screws using a Phillips #0 head.
  • Remove the four 3mm screws using a Phillips #0 head.

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Gently remove the fan.
  • Gently remove the fan.

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Conclusion

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

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