If you have problems with the laptop heating up, or the cooling fans need to be replaced or repaired, use this guide to remove and replace your laptop’s cooling fans.

  1. Turn off the laptop and disconnect all device cords.
    • Turn off the laptop and disconnect all device cords.

  2. Flip the laptop over so the bottom is facing you.
    • Flip the laptop over so the bottom is facing you.

    • Insert the tip of the Plastic #3 Spudger into the battery release switch.

    • Press down and slide to the right and hold in that position.

    • Take your other hand to slide the battery away from the laptop to remove.

    • Remove nineteen screws from the back panel using a Phillips #0 Screwdriver .

    • Run the plastic opening tool across from one corner to another along the edge.

    • Separate the keyboard panel gently.

    • Lift the keyboard slowly from the laptop but do not lift completely because there are ribbon cables attached.

    • Disconnect the two keyboard assembly ribbon cables from motherboard.

    • To release small ribbon cable, use spudger or fingers to flip gray bar along edge over.

    • To release larger ribbon cable, use pry tool or spudger to slide white plastic clip forward.

    • Pull up the release tab beside the hard drive.

    • Disconnect portion of ribbon cable that is covering the hard drive.

    • Handle the ribbon carefully. Do not break the metal contact.

    • While reconnecting the ribbon after replacing a new hard drive, face the blue side with a label up. Make sure the black line beside the sticker is not crooked, so that the ribbon is tight.

    • Remove the hard drive screw using Phillips #0 Screwdriver.

    • Pull the hard drive out gently. Be aware that it is connected to the adapter.

    • Gently remove adapter by pulling on both ends simultaneously to separate it from the hard drive.

    • Remove additional screws that can be found on the motherboard.

    • Remove the green wifi card from motherboard.

    • Use spudger to disconnect the fan and motherboard from laptop.

    • Remove the cable attached to motherboard.

    • Gently lift and remove the motherboard from the laptop.

    • Flip the motherboard and fan piece over.

    • Remove the four screws using the Phillips #000 Screwdriver.

    • Flip the motherboard over and slowly remove the tape holding the cooling fan down.

    • Use a spudger to remove the top of the fan from the base of the fan.

    • Remove the cooling fan component from both the tape and the motherboard.


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

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