Dell Inspiron 1525 Fan Replacement

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Replace the fan in a Dell Inspiron 1525.

  • Author: Miroslav Djuric
  • Time estimate: 45 minutes - 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Use this guide to help you replace the fan in a Dell Inspiron 1525.

Sections (continued)
Tools

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Locate the battery release switch on the bottom of the laptop.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Slide the battery towards the back of the laptop until it comes free.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Slide the battery release switch away from the lock symbol until you hear the battery click.

  • Slide the battery towards the back of the laptop until it comes free.

Edit Step 3 Central Control Cover  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Central Control Cover  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 4.00 mm Phillips #1 screws from the battery tray.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Carefully pull the central control cover up along its edges.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the slot on the right side of the central control cover and pry it up.

  • Carefully pull the central control cover up along its edges.

    • Do not attempt to completely remove the cover, as it is still attached via a ribbon cable.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Pull the small brown latch on the ribbon cable connector out.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Peel back the silver tape securing the ribbon cable to the cover.

  • Pull the small brown latch on the ribbon cable connector out.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cable to completely free the central control cover.

Edit Step 6 Keyboard  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Gently slide the keyboard towards the display until the tabs on its front side are free.

Edit Step 6 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 5.75 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the keyboard to the laptop.

  • Gently slide the keyboard towards the display until the tabs on its front side are free.

    • Do not force the keyboard too far forward or attempt to remove it yet, as there is still a ribbon cable connected to it.

1 Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Disconnect the ribbon cable.

1 Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to gently lift the ribbon cable retaining flap.

  • Disconnect the ribbon cable.

  • Shift the keyboard sideways enough to free one side from it's retaining tab. Then lift the keyboard away from the laptop.

Edit Step 8 Hard Drive  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Slide the hard drive and hard drive tray out of the laptop.

Edit Step 8 Hard Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 3.60 mm #1 Phillips screws securing the hard drive and hard drive tray.

  • Slide the hard drive and hard drive tray out of the laptop.

Edit Step 9 Optical Drive  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Pull the optical drive straight from the laptop.

Edit Step 9 Optical Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the 5.75 mm #1 Phillips screw securing the optical drive.

  • Pull the optical drive straight from the laptop.

Edit Step 10 Bottom Cover  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The screws may only need to be loosened, as they are generally retained by plastic washers.

Edit Step 10 Bottom Cover  ¶ 

  • Remove/loosen the eight 4.80 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the bottom panel.

    • The screws may only need to be loosened, as they are generally retained by plastic washers.

  • Remove the bottom panel.

Edit Step 11 Display Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/3: De-route the antennas from their routing retainers.

Edit Step 11 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the five antennas from their respective cards.

  • De-route the antennas from their routing retainers.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The screw holes will be denoted by an embossed "D" by the hole.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 5.70 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the display assembly to the bottom case half.

    • The screw holes will be denoted by an embossed "D" by the hole.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Carefully release the connector from its retaining tabs.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to push the camera connector out of its socket. Alternate pushing on either side to evenly remove the connector.

  • Carefully release the connector from its retaining tabs.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Release the antennas from their retaining tabs on the upper case.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Push the antenna wires up through their hole in the bottom case half.

  • Release the antennas from their retaining tabs on the upper case.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Free the ribbon cable from its retaining clips.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the flat LCD ribbon cable by pulling it up by the tab.

  • Free the ribbon cable from its retaining clips.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Support the display assembly as you remove these screws to prevent damage to the screw and hole threads.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 3.45 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the display assembly to the laptop chassis.

    • Support the display assembly as you remove these screws to prevent damage to the screw and hole threads.

  • Remove the display assembly from the laptop.

Edit Step 17 Upper Case  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the two 5.70 mm Phillips #1 screws on the top side of the laptop.

Edit Step 17 Upper Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the nine 5.75 mm Phillips #1 screws on the bottom side of the laptop.

  • Remove the two 5.70 mm Phillips #1 screws on the top side of the laptop.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Pull the ribbon cable out of the connector.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pull the touch pad connector latch towards the ribbon cable.

  • Pull the ribbon cable out of the connector.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Disconnect the device status LED ribbon cable.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pull the device status LED connector latch towards the ribbon cable.

  • Disconnect the device status LED ribbon cable.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Use a spudger to unplug the speaker connector at the top center of the laptop.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Release the ribbon cable in the upper left corner of the laptop from its retaining tabs.

  • Use a spudger to unplug the speaker connector at the top center of the laptop.

  • De-route the speaker wires from their retaining tabs.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift the front edge of the case up until it comes free.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to begin lifting the upper case at its front edge.

  • Lift the front edge of the case up until it comes free.

    • Work slowly and be sure not to get any cables caught in the upper case holes and guides.

Edit Step 22 ExpressCard Cage  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Remove the 3.80 mm Phillips #1 screw securing the ExpressCard cage.

Edit Step 22 ExpressCard Cage  ¶ 

  • Eject your ExpressCard or ExpressCard dust shield if you want to transfer it to the new ExpressCard cage. Eject the card by pressing it in until it clicks, releasing it, then sliding it out.

  • Remove the 3.80 mm Phillips #1 screw securing the ExpressCard cage.

  • Remove the two 3.70 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the ExpressCard cage.

  • Lift the ExpressCard cage out of its connector.

Edit Step 23 Heat Sink  ¶ 

Image 1/3: These screws are attached to the heat sink assembly.

Edit Step 23 Heat Sink  ¶ 

  • Loosen the five #1 Phillips screws securing the heat sink and clean it with compressed air

    • These screws are attached to the heat sink assembly.

  • Gently lift the heat sink from side indicated in the picture.

    • The heat sink may feel like it is glued to the chips because of the thermal paste. Gently wiggle the heat sink back and forth to help break it free.

  • Be sure to thoroughly clean off the old thermal paste and apply new thermal paste before reinstalling the heat sink. Follow our thermal paste application guide for detailed instructions.

Edit Step 24 Motherboard  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Pull the cable out of the connector.

Edit Step 24 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to push the retaining latch of the central control button connector towards its cable.

  • Pull the cable out of the connector.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the cable from the connector.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Pull the retaining latch for the wireless sniffer cable out.

  • Remove the cable from the connector.

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the fan cable connector by pulling it towards the fan with a spudger.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Gently peel the front bezel off.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Remove the four 3.70 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the motherboard to the lower case.

  • Gently peel the front bezel off.

  • Lift the motherboard out of the lower case.

Edit Step 28 Fan  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift the fan out of the lower case.

Edit Step 28 Fan  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 5.65 mm Phillips #1 screws securing the fan to the lower case.

  • Lift the fan out of the lower case.

Conclusion

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

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One Comment

the flap broke? the little black piece. Now what do i do? I'm stuck at this step

daaaammon - Reply