How to Replace a Lenovo T500 Fan

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Heat is one of the leading killers of laptops. That's why it is so important use your laptop on a sturdy surface that allows for sufficient air flow and doesn't block the cooling fan on the bottom of the unit. If your Lenovo T500 laptop is experiencing severe overheating problems, it's probably too late to repair the fan -- you must replace the cooling-assembly fan before irreversible heat damage to the processor or motherboard occurs. Replacing the fan assembly is not for a beginner. Nevertheless, if you have some basic knowledge of computer components and hardware, you can replace the cooling-fan assembly in about an hour.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Phillips #2 screwdriver
  • Awl
  • Antistatic wrist strap

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  1. 1

    Shut down the T500 laptop. Disconnect the AC power adaptor and other cables from the laptop. Disconnect any other devices or peripherals connected to the T500.

  2. 2

    Close the T500 LCD screen and turn the laptop over. Slide the two battery locking latches outward and unlock the battery. Slide the battery out of its bay and remove it from the computer.

  3. 3

    Locate the row of four screws about two-thirds of the way up from the battery bay at the bottom of the T500. The row of screws is in line with three small icons that depict an IC chip, keyboard and memory modules. Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws from the bottom of the laptop. Set the screws aside. When removing screws, separate or label them so you put the right screws in the right holes when you reassemble the laptop.

  4. 4

    Flip the laptop back over. Grasp the top of the palm rest assembly, located just below the bottom row on the keyboard, and gently pry it upward. Lift the top of the palm rest until you can see the cable connector underneath. Disconnect the touchpad cable from the motherboard. Lift the palm rest cover up and remove it from the laptop.

  5. 5

    Turn the laptop back over so that you can access the bottom. Remove the retaining screw centred below the keyboard and memory chip icons. Flip the laptop right side up.

  6. 6

    Lift the bottom of the keyboard until you can reach the keyboard cable and connector underneath. Disconnect the keyboard cable from the T500 motherboard. Remove the keyboard from the laptop.

  7. 7

    Flip the T500 back over. Remove the screws at the bottom edge of the laptop -- in the corners and next to the standoffs that elevate and support the laptop when you use it.

  8. 8

    Turn the laptop back over. Remove the three screws located in the keyboard slot and just below the LCD screen. Remove the wireless antenna cables from the clip underneath the LCD screen. Remove the retaining screw that secures the keyboard bezel to the laptop chassis. The screw is directly beneath the screw hole used for the middle screw you removed from the keyboard slot.

  9. 9

    Use the awl to disengage the clips that secure the keyboard bezel to the bottom half of the T500 casing. Pry the clips loose carefully to avoid breaking them. Remove the keyboard bezel and set it aside.

  10. 10

    Disconnect the connector on the speaker cable from the motherboard. Lift the outer edges of the tape snaps to release the cable. Lift the two speakers and speaker cable up and out of the laptop.

  11. 11

    Disconnect the fan power connector from the motherboard. Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws on the right side of the fan assembly first. Then remove the two retaining screws on the left side of the fan assembly. Remove the screw at the top of the fan assembly last. Use the awl to pry up the bottom part of the fan assembly until you can grasp it with your fingers. Pull the fan assembly out of the notebook.

  12. 12

    Set the new fan assembly in place. Secure the retaining screws in the reverse order you removed them. Connect the fan power connector to the motherboard.

  13. 13

    Reassemble the T500 by reversing the steps used to dismantle it.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear an antistatic wrist strap when working inside your Lenovo T500 laptop. Components inside the laptop are very susceptible to damage that can occur because of electrostatic discharge.
  • If your laptop is still under warranty, do not attempt do to repair the notebook yourself. Instead, contact Lenovo and submit a claim for warranty service. Opening the laptop case voids your warranty in most cases.

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