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Follow this guide to replace a faulty cooling fan in a PlayStation 5. You can also follow this guide to remove a dusty or dirty fan to clean it out.

Before you begin, completely power down and unplug all cables from your console. Remember to follow general electrostatic discharge (ESD) safety procedures while repairing the console.

  1. If your PlayStation 5 is in its vertical orientation, flip it upside down so the stand is facing up.
    • If your PlayStation 5 is in its vertical orientation, flip it upside down so the stand is facing up.

    • If your PlayStation 5 is in its horizontal orientation, skip to Step 6.

    • Work on a flat surface to prevent your PlayStation from falling over.

    • Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the 26.5 mm-long stand screw.

  2. Lift straight up to remove the stand. Lift straight up to remove the stand.
    • Lift straight up to remove the stand.

  3. Insert the screw into the cubby on the bottom of the stand. Insert the screw into the cubby on the bottom of the stand.
    • Insert the screw into the cubby on the bottom of the stand.

  4. Use a pair of tweezers or your fingernail to remove the cap from the cubby. Use your finger to press the cap into the screw hole. Use your finger to press the cap into the screw hole.
    • Use a pair of tweezers or your fingernail to remove the cap from the cubby.

    • Use your finger to press the cap into the screw hole.

  5. Twist the stand counterclockwise to close the cubby. Twist the stand counterclockwise to close the cubby. Twist the stand counterclockwise to close the cubby.
    • Twist the stand counterclockwise to close the cubby.

  6. If your PlayStation 5 is in its horizontal orientation, rest it on its face with the charing port facing up. Lift the stand straight up to remove it.
    • If your PlayStation 5 is in its horizontal orientation, rest it on its face with the charing port facing up.

    • Lift the stand straight up to remove it.

  7. Lift up the corner of the panel that's opposite the PlayStation logo to unclip it from the case. While lifting up the corner, slide the panel down towards the bottom of the device. Remove the panel.
    • Lift up the corner of the panel that's opposite the PlayStation logo to unclip it from the case.

    • While lifting up the corner, slide the panel down towards the bottom of the device.

    • Remove the panel.

  8. Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the grille and into the gap above the fan. Lift up with the spudger to pry the grille away from the case. Lift up with the spudger to pry the grille away from the case.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the grille and into the gap above the fan.

    • Lift up with the spudger to pry the grille away from the case.

  9. Lift the grille away from the case to remove it. Lift the grille away from the case to remove it.
    • Lift the grille away from the case to remove it.

    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the four screws securing the fan shroud to the case:

    • Two 23.3 mm-long screws

    • One 11.4 mm-long screw

    • One 31 mm-long screw

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your console.

  10. Lift the fan shroud straight up to remove it. Lift the fan shroud straight up to remove it.
    • Lift the fan shroud straight up to remove it.

  11. Insert the flat end of a spudger beneath the black wire cover and into the gap above the fan wires. Pry only on the wire cover, not on the fan wires themselves. Use the spudger to peel up the wire cover until you can grip it with your fingers.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger beneath the black wire cover and into the gap above the fan wires.

    • Pry only on the wire cover, not on the fan wires themselves.

    • Use the spudger to peel up the wire cover until you can grip it with your fingers.

  12. Use your fingers to peel off the wire cover. Use your fingers to peel off the wire cover. Use your fingers to peel off the wire cover.
    • Use your fingers to peel off the wire cover.

  13. Use your fingers to grip the edges of the fan cable connector, and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard. Always pull cables by their connectors and not the wires themselves.
    • Use your fingers to grip the edges of the fan cable connector, and pull up to disconnect it from the motherboard.

    • Always pull cables by their connectors and not the wires themselves.

  14. Lift the fan up and out of the case to remove it. Lift the fan up and out of the case to remove it. Lift the fan up and out of the case to remove it.
    • Lift the fan up and out of the case to remove it.

Conclusion

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

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