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Introduction

Use this guide to replace a faulty cooling fan in an Xbox Series X. 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. Before starting this guide, power down your console and unplug all cables. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the sticker hiding the first screw on the back panel, near the base.
    • Before starting this guide, power down your console and unplug all cables.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the sticker hiding the first screw on the back panel, near the base.

  2. Use a pair of blunt tweezers to peel back the large sticker on the back panel to reveal the second screw. You only need to peel this sticker to where you can access the hidden screw. You don't need to pull it completely off. Technically, these are tamper-evident stickers—but don't worry—Microsoft can't legally void your warranty, as long as you don't damage anything. Have fun!
    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to peel back the large sticker on the back panel to reveal the second screw.

    • You only need to peel this sticker to where you can access the hidden screw. You don't need to pull it completely off.

    • Technically, these are tamper-evident stickers—but don't worry—Microsoft can't legally void your warranty, as long as you don't damage anything. Have fun!

    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the two 7.4 mm screws securing the back panel.

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

  3. Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between the back panel and the shell, near the left side of the base. Pivot the spudger on the shell and pull up on the bottom of the back panel to release it from the locking clips. Pivot the spudger on the shell and pull up on the bottom of the back panel to release it from the locking clips.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between the back panel and the shell, near the left side of the base.

    • Pivot the spudger on the shell and pull up on the bottom of the back panel to release it from the locking clips.

  4. Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between the back panel and the shell, near the right side of the base. Pivot the spudger on the shell and pull up on the bottom of the back panel to release it from the locking clips.
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger into the gap between the back panel and the shell, near the right side of the base.

    • Pivot the spudger on the shell and pull up on the bottom of the back panel to release it from the locking clips.

  5. Grip the back panel at the opening you just created and pull it up and away from the shell to unclip the long edges. During reassembly, press along the edges of the back panel to snap it into place. During reassembly, press along the edges of the back panel to snap it into place.
    • Grip the back panel at the opening you just created and pull it up and away from the shell to unclip the long edges.

    • During reassembly, press along the edges of the back panel to snap it into place.

  6. The back panel slots into a gap at the top of the shell. Tilt the back panel up and pull it away from the top edge of the shell to release it from the gap. Remove the back panel.
    • The back panel slots into a gap at the top of the shell.

    • Tilt the back panel up and pull it away from the top edge of the shell to release it from the gap.

    • Remove the back panel.

  7. Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the three screws securing the fan to the center chassis:
    • Use a T8 Torx driver to remove the three screws securing the fan to the center chassis:

    • One 10.5 mm wide-head screw

    • Two 8.8 mm screws

  8. Use a pair of blunt tweezers to grip the edges of the fan cable connector, and pull up to disconnect it from the center chassis. Always pull cables by their connectors and not the wires themselves.
    • Use a pair of blunt tweezers to grip the edges of the fan cable connector, and pull up to disconnect it from the center chassis.

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

    • During reassembly, route the fan cable underneath its small cable guide on the fan housing so it doesn't interfere with the back panel.

  9. Slide the fan out of its slot to remove it. During reinstallation, note that the fan can only be installed one way—make sure Master Chief is facing you.
    • Slide the fan out of its slot to remove it.

    • During reinstallation, note that the fan can only be installed one way—make sure Master Chief is facing you.

Conclusion

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

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

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Xbox Series X Answers community for help.

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