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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the PlayStation 3 Slim's single cooling fan.

  1. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement, Top Cover: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Turn the PS3 over and lay it on its backside.

    • Carefully peel the warranty sticker up off the lower case to reveal a hidden screw cover.

    • To avoid activating the VOID that may come up, heat the sticker carefully to remove and replace it cleanly.

  2. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a metal spudger to pry up the seven screw covers around the edge of the lower case.

  3. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the seven 37 mm Phillips screws securing the top cover to the lower case.

  4. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the four 13.3 mm T8 security Torx screws beneath the Blu-ray drive opening. (Some models may only have three screws)

  5. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the top cover from its rear edge and rotate it toward the front of the PS3.

    • Lift the top cover off the PS3.

  6. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement, Power Supply: step 6, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement, Power Supply: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Squeeze the AC inlet connector's locking mechanism and pull straight up to disconnect it from the power supply.

  7. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the DC-Out cables straight up to lift their connector up and out of its socket on the power supply.

  8. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 7.6 mm Phillips screws securing the power supply to the lower case.

  9. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the power supply upward from its left edge as viewed from the front of the PS3.

  10. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Continue to lift the left edge of the power supply until it lifts off the two metal posts shown in the second picture.

    • Remove the power supply from the PS3, minding any cables that may get caught.

  11. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement, Fan: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the fan cables upward to lift the fan connector up and out of its socket on the motherboard.

  12. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • De-route the fan cables from under the plastic hook molded into the fan shroud.

  13. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 9.5 mm Phillips screws securing the fan to the heat sink.

  14. PlayStation 3 Slim Fan Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the fan out of the heat sink, minding any cables that may get caught.

Conclusion

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

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Andrew, excellent prestation.

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