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Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement

What you need

  1. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement, External Battery: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Disable the battery, power down, and unplug your device before you begin.

    • Flip the laptop over so the bottom of the device is showing.

  2. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Using your fingers, slide the lock on each side of the battery to the unlocked position.

    • Remove the battery from the slot.

  3. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement, Back Cover: step 3, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement, Back Cover: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, loosen the six captive screws.

  4. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the blue plastic opening tool into the space between the lower case and the chassis.

    • Slide the opening tool around the perimeter of the case to release the clips holding the case and the chassis together.

    • If it feels like the battery well portion of the back cover isn't loose, these clips may be holding the cover to the laptop. Use your opening tool to pry the clips loose and try removing the cover again.

    • Remove the back case.

  5. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement, Internal Battery: step 5, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement, Internal Battery: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the two 4.6 mm screws securing the internal battery to the frame.

  6. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 3 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Use the spudger to slide the battery socket connector parallel to the motherboard and out of its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Using the black nylon spudger, wedge the battery up from the case and lift it out.

  8. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement, Trackpad: step 8, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement, Trackpad: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver remove the four 3.1 mm screws from the chassis.

    • In this guide additional components have been removed. Your laptop internals will look slightly different than the images in Steps 8-10 because of this.

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    • Using the black nylon spudger, remove the ribbon cable connected to the trackpad.

  10. Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T480 Trackpad Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the chassis up and the trackpad will fall out.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

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4 Comments

Hi, I just tested with my T480, and the replacement looks exactly like this T580 guide, and is very easy in fact.

Open the shell, remove the battery (3 screws), see 3 of the 4 screws of the trackpad.

The fourth one is below the black plastic that you can see on the guide, and you can just lift it up. So you can move from step 11 to the end, the 4 screws are in fact directly accessible and changing the trackpad takes 1mn.

I don’t think I have a special T480 model, so if you are frightened by this guide, don’t hesitate to open yours to look… you may have to spend only 5 to 10mn on this operation :)

Den - Reply

Hi Den, thank you for letting me know the procedure can be simplified. I appreciate the reference to the T580 guide too! We always strive to make better guides :)

Sarah Westberg - Reply

According to the T480 Hardware Maintenance Manual page 84 "1160 Trackpad and trackpad cable" only the following steps need to be performed to remove the trackpad:

- "1010 Removable battery" on page 64

- 1030 Base cover assembly" on page 65

- 1040 Memory module" on page 68

This is much easier than the steps described here.

See https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobil...

John Longwood - Reply

Thanks Den and John! I finally got a chance to edit the steps. It's not perfect because I wasn't able to reshoot the photos but I removed the prerequisite guides that were unnecessary. I hope this helps.

Sarah Westberg -

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