Introduction

You will learn how to open the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and replace the CPU Fan

  1. Loosen the seven cover screws. They will not come out.
    • Loosen the seven cover screws. They will not come out.

  2. Use spudger to pop loose cover and slide off.
    • Use spudger to pop loose cover and slide off.

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  4. Only use plastic to remove battery connector
    • Only use plastic to remove battery connector

    • Gently remove battery connector bu pushing with the spudger in the direction of the arrow.

    • Remove four screws holding battery in place and remove battery.

    • The 4 perimeter screws also hold the tow audio speakers in place. And there is a 5th screw dead center of the battery. The battery cable is not easy to remove, and not easy to re-connect.

  5. Use your spudger to open the connector in the direction of the arrow.  Carefully remove the ribbon cable
    • Use your spudger to open the connector in the direction of the arrow. Carefully remove the ribbon cable

    • These connectors are very delicate. Use care when removing cables.

  6. Loosen screws and pull fan up and out of the case.
    • Loosen screws and pull fan up and out of the case.

    • Be sure to apply heat sink paste when putting fan back on CPU

Conclusion

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

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Great guide. I do recommend ordering the recommended tools, especially the spudger. There isn’t a lot of room to get the battery cable disconnected, so some of my other spudgers weren’t sturdy enough or wouldn’t have fit. My computer is working again and I didn’t have to pay a king’s ransom and wait 3 weeks (hey, I’m in Montana! I’m lucky to find anyone to fix a computer). Thanks!

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