Nintendo Wii Fan Replacement

Replace the single cooling fan on your Wii.

Use this guide to replace a worn-out fan.

Tools (continued)
Relevant Parts

Edit Step 1 Faceplate  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Faceplate  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to remove the white plastic screw covers stuck to the lower case near the front of the Wii.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 8.3 mm Tri-Wing screws hidden under the covers you just removed.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 5.9 mm Phillips screw under the controller port door nearest the faceplate.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to remove the rubber foot stuck to the side of the Wii near the DVD drive opening.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 5.9 mm Phillips screw hidden under the foot you just removed.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Carefully pull the faceplate away from the front of the Wii.

  • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the LED cable's plastic connector from the motherboard.

  • Remove the faceplate.

Edit Step 7 Outer Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7 Outer Case  ¶ 

  • Open the controller port cover until it is perpendicular to the black controller port bezel.

  • Pull the controller port cover straight up to release it from the outer case.

  • Repeat this procedure for the memory card port cover.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the two remaining 4.1 mm Phillips screws along the top edge of the black plastic controller port bezel.

  • Lift the bezel from the long edge furthest away from the controller ports and remove it from the Wii.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 5 mm Phillips screws above the controller ports.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to remove the three highlighted screw covers stuck to the side of the Wii.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws:

    • Two 5 mm Phillips screws

    • One 8.2 mm Tri-Wing screw

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Use a metal spudger to remove the two rubber feet stuck to the bottom face of the Wii near the rear ports.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 8.2 mm Tri-Wing screws hidden under the feet you just removed.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Lift the outer case straight up off the body of the Wii.

Edit Step 15 Fan  ¶ 

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Edit Step 15 Fan  ¶ 

  • Grab the fan connector with a pair of tweezers and lift it straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  • Be sure your tweezers are clamped down on the fan connector, not the socket attached to the motherboard.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 10 mm Phillips screws securing the fan to the fan shroud.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Remove the fan from the Wii.

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

For more information, check out the Nintendo Wii device page.

Required Tools

Phillips #00 Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

Y1 Tri-wing Screwdriver

$7.95 · 50+ In stock

Tweezers

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Tweezers

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

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Comments Comments are onturn off

surprisingly, this was the trickiest step for me. I almost completely mangled the wires when my tweezers slipped as I was attempting to remove the connector.

rbelknap, · Reply

I ended up using needle nose pliars on this step.

Awesome detailed guide made this very easy, thank you author!

Glenn Woodard, · Reply

Can someone direct me to what I need to do? My tweezers slipped and I cut one of the wires on the connector. Where can I find a new Y plug for the wii?

jaredslaweski, · Reply

I also broke my wire trying to use tweezers. I should have known better. I use (normally do) a spudger on one side and my fingernail on the other to gently pry these types of connectors out. I ended up buying a replacement faceplate on ebay.

Tyler, · Reply

This was the hardest part for me. I tried using my fingernails, two different tweezers, and needle nose pliers, but I ended up cutting both the wires. Anyway, I put some electric tape over the exposed wires and just reassembled the system. Funny thing is that the LED still works and I have not noticed any difference. I'm not sure what those wires did, but they seem to not be important.

Nick, · Reply

I also broke off the flimsy wires at the connector. To NOT break the wires, alternate pressing on the right and left sides of the connector with a small flathead screwdriver. Be patient, it will eventually work itself free. There isn't enough to grab onto with the tweezers and you'll only succeed in having them slip off, grab the wires, and yank the wires out.

Good news is that if you do rip out the wires, no worries... I didn't reconnect them and the unit works just fine. I have no idea what those wires are even for. Power LED continues to work no problem.

jasendorf, · Reply

had a little trouble with theses screws. they were just barely too deep for my 54pies bit driver kit to reach. I ended up inserting a small wad of paper into the shaft of my driver so the tri-wing bit stuck out far enough to engage the screw. (I used the tweezers to remove the paper when I was done) :)

rbelknap, · Reply

This step could use at least another picture from the backside so it's clearer what comes up and what stays down.

Jose Vazquez, · Reply

I used a spudger around the edges of the outer case to gently ease it upward since I could not lift it out with my fingers. Then it came right out.

Marko, · Reply

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