How to Repair a Zalman Fan Motor

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How to Repair a Zalman Fan Motor
Learn to repair your Zalman CPU fan's motor. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The Korean fan manufacturing company Zalman Tech has several patents on cooling fan noise reduction technology, which makes Zalman fans popular among high-powered computer users. Unfortunately, this does not exclude these fans from needing occasional repairs. If your fan's motor is not regularly lubricated, it will eventually stop working. Oiling your fan's motor requires removing it from your computer.

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Things you need

  • Antistatic wrist strap
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Lightweight mechanical oil

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  1. 1

    Shut down your computer. Disconnect all cables and devices from the computer. Touch an unpainted metal surface before you begin to dismantle your computer. This will help prevent electrical damage to your computer's electrical components.

  2. 2

    Rotate the computer so the rear panel is facing you. Lay the computer on its left side, and remove the thumb screws from the back of the computer that also fasten the right side access panel in place. Remove the side panel from the computer to reveal the internal components.

  3. 3

    Locate the Zalman cooling fan assembly near the centre of the motherboard. Remove the Phillips-head screws fastening the fan to the motherboard. Disconnect the fan's cable from the computer, and then remove the fan from the motherboard.

  4. 4

    Place the fan on a flat surface with the Zalman label sticker facing up. Remove the sticker from the fan. Use a small, flathead screwdriver to assist in peeling the sticker away, if necessary.

  5. 5

    Use a flathead screwdriver to pry out the rubber plug revealed by the Zalman label sticker. Removing this rubber plug reveals the hole that gives you access to the fan motor's bearings.

  6. 6

    Apply one to two drops of lightweight mechanical oil into the bearing hole. Replace the rubber plug and label sticker.

  7. 7

    Repeat the fan removal procedure in reverse to reinstall the cooling fan.

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