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.

Turn the laptop upside-down, with the battery oriented away.
  • Turn the laptop upside-down, with the battery oriented away.

  • Slide the battery lock switch to the left.

Add Comment

Complete these steps after disconnecting the laptop from power and after powering the laptop down.
  • 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.

Add Comment

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.
  • 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.

Add Comment

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.
  • 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.

Add Comment

Unscrew the eleven black 6mm Phillips #1 screws securing the keyboard and palmrest.
  • Unscrew the eleven black 6mm Phillips #1 screws securing the keyboard and palmrest.

  • Flip the laptop over.

Add Comment

Simultaneously complete the following: Push the keyboard backwards (away from yourself) with both hands.
  • 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.

Add Comment

Pull up to detach the fingerprint scanner ribbon tab. 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.

Add Comment

Unscrew the five silver 3mm Phillips #1 screws securing the motherboard. 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.

Add Comment

(Optional) Lay a piece of paper, or other protective material, over the laptop screen. Flip the motherboard over onto the screen (or protective material).
  • (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.

Add Comment

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.
  • 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.

Add Comment

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.
  • 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.

Add Comment

Conclusion

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

One other person completed this guide.

Samuel Lees

Member since: 02/23/2015

161 Reputation

1 Guide authored

Team

Cal Poly, Team 12-2, Green Winter 2015 Member of Cal Poly, Team 12-2, Green Winter 2015

CPSU-GREEN-W15S12G2

6 Members

6 Guides authored

0 Comments

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 1

Past 7 Days: 2

Past 30 Days: 26

All Time: 1,028