Introduction

This guide details how to replace the rotating spindle piece inside of the fan. Replacing this piece can solve cooling and noise problems associated with a broken fan. The fan spindle is only accessible after exposing the bottom of the motherboard and removing the fan housing.

Image 1/1: Slide the battery lock switch to the left.
  • Turn the laptop upside-down, with the battery oriented away.

  • Slide the battery lock switch to the left.

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Image 1/1: Simultaneously complete the following:
  • Complete these steps after disconnecting the laptop from power and after powering the laptop down.

  • Simultaneously complete the following:

    • Slide and hold the battery release switch to the right.

    • Push the battery away from you, out of the back of the laptop.

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Image 1/3: Pull the hard drive enclosure cover up and to the left to expose the hard drive caddy. Image 2/3: Pull the hard drive caddy out by the plastic pull tab. Image 3/3: Pull the hard drive caddy out by the plastic pull tab.
  • Unscrew the black 4mm Phillips #2 screw securing the hard drive enclosure cover.

  • Pull the hard drive enclosure cover up and to the left to expose the hard drive caddy.

  • Pull the hard drive caddy out by the plastic pull tab.

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Image 1/3: These screws will remain attached the the cover plate. Image 2/3: Remove the exposed RAM sticks by prying outward (away from the edges of the RAM sticks) on the securing tabs. Image 3/3: Remove the exposed RAM sticks by prying outward (away from the edges of the RAM sticks) on the securing tabs.
  • Unscrew the two black Phillips #1 screws securing the RAM cover plate.

  • These screws will remain attached the the cover plate.

  • Remove the exposed RAM sticks by prying outward (away from the edges of the RAM sticks) on the securing tabs.

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Image 1/1: Flip the laptop over.
  • Unscrew the eleven black 6mm Phillips #1 screws securing the keyboard and palmrest.

  • Flip the laptop over.

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Image 1/2: Push the keyboard backwards (away from yourself) with both hands. Image 2/2: Pry your thumb under the mouse buttons to lift the keyboard upwards (away from the work surface).
  • Simultaneously complete the following:

    • Push the keyboard backwards (away from yourself) with both hands.

    • Pry your thumb under the mouse buttons to lift the keyboard upwards (away from the work surface).

  • Pull up to detach the keyboard ribbon tab.

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Image 1/2: Lift up on the faceplate to remove it. Image 2/2: Lift up on the faceplate to remove it.
  • Pull up to detach the fingerprint scanner ribbon tab.

  • Lift up on the faceplate to remove it.

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Image 1/2: Unscrew the silver 7mm Phillips #1 screw securing the motherboard. Image 2/2: Unscrew the silver 7mm Phillips #1 screw securing the motherboard.
  • Unscrew the five silver 3mm Phillips #1 screws securing the motherboard.

  • Unscrew the silver 7mm Phillips #1 screw securing the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Flip the motherboard over onto the screen (or protective material). Image 2/2: Flipping the motherboard over should not require forceful motion.
  • (Optional) Lay a piece of paper, or other protective material, over the laptop screen.

  • Flip the motherboard over onto the screen (or protective material).

  • Flipping the motherboard over should not require forceful motion.

  • Take extreme care not to damage any ribbon cables or wires still connected to the motherboard.

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Image 1/3: Flip the motherboard back over. Image 2/3: Flipping the motherboard over should not require forceful motion. Image 3/3: Take extreme care not to damage any ribbon cables or wires still connected to the motherboard.
  • Pry back the three metal tabs on the now-exposed underside of the fan housing with needle-nose pliers.

  • Flip the motherboard back over.

  • Flipping the motherboard over should not require forceful motion.

  • Take extreme care not to damage any ribbon cables or wires still connected to the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: There may be foil tape securing the housing. If so, remove it carefully in order to put it back after replacing the fan spindle. Image 2/2: Remove and replace the fan spindle.
  • Lift the metal housing off of the fan.

  • There may be foil tape securing the housing. If so, remove it carefully in order to put it back after replacing the fan spindle.

  • Remove and replace the fan spindle.

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Conclusion

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

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