How to replace your laptop cpu fan

In today’s world, laptop  has become integral part of our life. If your laptop is overheating or making a grinding sound, you may need to give your fan an overhaul.

In order to remove and replace your old cpu cooling fan on your laptop, the following set of steps may be helpful.

Step 1

Shut down your laptop, unplug its power cord and disconnect all peripherals.

Step 2

Discharge built-up static electricity from your body by touching an unpainted metal object on the laptop.

Step 3

Place a soft cloth, such as a towel, on a flat surface. Close your laptop’s display panel and place it upside-down on the cloth.

Step 4

Remove the screw(s) from the battery cover with a Phillips screwdriver. Depress the locking tabs and lift out the battery assembly.

Step 5

Remove the screws from the hard drive cover with a Phillips screwdriver and lift off the cover. Unplug the cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard, if applicable, and slide the drive out of its bay.

Step 6

Remove the screws that secure the CMOS battery and memory module panel. Lift off the panel and remove the battery and modules.

Step 7

Remove the keyboard cover screws with a Phillips screwdriver. These are located in some or all of the following places: the two corners of your laptop’s bottom, directly under the center of the keyboard, in the memory module bay and in the battery compartment.

Step 8

Turn the laptop over and open the display panel. Using a flat-head screwdriver, pry off the upper section of the keyboard flange. This is the piece that’s closest to the display panel.

Step 9

Remove the upper keyboard screws, which are located over the “F” keys.

Step 10

Lift the keyboard just enough to reveal its ribbon cable connection to the motherboard. If the ribbon cable is secured with a locking flap, lift the flap and gently pull the cable from the motherboard socket. If the connector features locking tabs, depress and hold in the tabs as you pull the cable from the socket. Lift out the keyboard.

Step 11

Locate the LED board socket, which is labeled, on the motherboard. Grasp the connector with your thumb and forefinger and carefully unplug the wire that connects the LED board to the motherboard. Do the same for the video display, power button, webcam, two antenna connections and touchpad, if applicable.

Step 12

Remove the screws from the display panel’s hinges with a Phillips screwdriver. Hold the panel with your free hand to prevent it from falling when the last screw is removed.

Step 13

Lift off the top cover assembly and unplug the cables that connect the USB ports, power jack and audio jacks to the motherboard.

Step 14

Remove the screws from the motherboard with a Phillips screwdriver. Use both hands to carefully lift the motherboard from the laptop case.

Step 15

Remove the screws from the fan or cooling assembly, unplug its power connector and lift it out of the laptop case.

Step 16

Place your new fan or cooling assembly in the laptop case, tighten its screws and plug in its power connector.


Step 17

Reassemble your laptop by following steps 4 through 16 in reverse order.