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Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Fan and Heat Sink Replacement

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  1. Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Fan and Heat Sink Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 1 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Fan and Heat Sink Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 2 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Fan and Heat Sink Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Before you begin this guide, make sure to disable the internal battery, power down your device, and disconnect from any external power sources.

    • Place the laptop so that the bottom is facing upwards.

    • Slide the latch on the left side of the battery to the left until it clicks in place.

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    • Slide the latch on the right side of the battery to the right and hold it in place with your thumb.

    • Use your other hand to slide the battery towards the back of the laptop.

    • Lift the battery up and away from the laptop.

  3. Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Fan and Heat Sink Replacement, Bottom Cover: step 3, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Fan and Heat Sink Replacement, Bottom Cover: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to loosen the six captive screws on the bottom cover of the laptop.

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    • Use your hands to pull up on the back cover and release the plastic clips starting on the bottom side of the battery compartment.

    • Potential for device damage: Be sure to detach the plastic clips in this area first. You risk cracking the bottom cover if you attempt to detach it from around the edges of the laptop first.

    • Use your hands to pull up on the right side of the bottom cover to release the plastic clips.

    • Use your hands to pull up on the left side of the bottom cover to release the plastic clips.

  5. Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Fan and Heat Sink Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the bottom cover from the laptop.

    • Disconnect the battery from the board before continuing.

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    • Use a pair of blunt nose tweezers to pull the white fan connector out of its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to loosen the first pair of captive screws on the fan and heat sink assembly in a crosswise pattern.

    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to loosen the second pair of captive screws on the fan and heat sink assembly in a crosswise pattern.

    • Secure the screws using the same cross-pattern when reassembling the heatsink and fan.

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    • Use your hand to pull the fan and heat sink assembly up and away from the laptop.

    • Clean the thermal paste from the heatsink and CPU and reapply fresh paste before reassembling.

Conclusion

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

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